Who says Singapore doesn’t have talent?
Arts lovers and first timers alike, we’ve got some great news coming up: the Singapore Theatre Festival is back! For a month, Lasalle College of the Arts will be transformed into a bustling arts hub with multiple performances taking place at the same time. Helmed by theatre company Wild Rice, the fifth instalment of the Singapore Theatre Festival features eight original plays and will run from 25 June – 24 July 2016.
With shows spanning from the hilarious to the heartbreaking, there’s something for every taste. We recommend grabbing a couple of friends for a show, and then zipping over for supper or drinks in the city district. So go local, and support our artists in these eight plays!
In this crown jewel of The Singapore Theatre Festival, Hotel takes you through 100 years of history through the lens of a single hotel room. Winner of four awards, including “Best Production” and “Best Original Script” at the recent Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards, the five-hour extravaganza is split into two parts on consecutive days. If anything, this is the headliner you don’t want to miss.
Hotel by Wild Rice, Lasalle College of the Arts The Singapore Airlines Theatre, 30 June – 24 July 2016. Preview on 30 June, 8pm (Part 1) & 1 July, 8pm (Part 2), $80, $100. Main shows on Tue & Wed, 8pm; Thur & Fri, 8pm; Sat 3pm & 8pm; Sun 3pm & 8pm, $110, $130. Each ticket permits entry to parts 1 & 2 of Hotel. Rated 16 and above.
2. GRC (Geng Rebut Cabinet)
General Election fever may be long over, but not for the candidates of Chai Chee-Commonwealth GRC. While the shortlist of candidates in this fictional constituency is almost complete, someone is missing: a minority candidate … who has to be Chinese. Returning from its sold-out run in December, Alfian Saat’s latest work, Geng Rebut Cabinet, makes us question what it means living as a racial minority.
Geng Rebut Cabinet by Teater Ekamatra, Lasalle College of the Arts Flexible Performance Space, 14 – 24 July 2016. $40. Tue – Sun, 8pm; Sat & Sun, 3pm. Performed in Malay and English, with English subtitles.
3. Let’s Get Back Together
It’s easy to outcast people who look, think or love differently than us. But when we listen to each other, mutual understanding arises. This collection of testimonials is a funny, yet poignant love letter from the LGBT community in Singapore. Don’t just let this play preach to the converted, though – bring along a friend whom you’d like to know more about this community!
Let’s Get Back Together by Red Pill Productions, Lasalle College of the Arts Flexible Performance Space, 7 – 10 July 2016. $35. Thur – Sun, 8pm; Sat & Sun, 3pm. Rated R18.
Chances are, when you think of Geylang, great food isn’t the only thing that comes to mind. In this production, stories from Geylang’s past, present, and future are woven into a laugh-out-loud fest where gang leaders, mediums, mama-sans, and civil servants cross paths. Raunchy, wild, and over the top, this is the play to watch if you’re up for some bawdy humour.
Geylang by Wild Rice, Lasalle College of the Arts Flexible Performance Space, 30 June – 3 July 2016. $35. Thur – Sun, 8pm; Sat & Sun, 3pm. Rated R18.
5. My Mother Buys Condoms
Do you believe sex is only for the young? Well, certainly not this retired teacher! As sparks fly between Maggie and an air-con repairman, the neighbourhood goes ablaze with gossip. It seems that Maggie’s daughter is the only one rallying by her side, but does her supportive daughter have a secret to hide too? Get ready, because this romantic comedy will make ‘sexy senior’ the next ‘in’ phrase!
My Mother Buys Condoms by Wild Rice, Lasalle College of the Arts Creative Cube, 14 – 24 July 2016. $40. Tue – Sun, 8pm; Sat & Sun, 3pm. Rating TBA.
6. Riders Know When It’s Gonna Rain
For the Kiasu Singaporean, the idea of two plays for the price of one surely sounds enticing. So why not catch a double bill? A band of motorcyclist buddies and a recent Islam convert take the stage in Riders Know When It’s Gonna Rain and Hawa.
Four kindred spirits revel in their love for danger in Riders Know When It’s Gonna Rain, a play that explores the frequently misunderstood mat moto subculture in Singapore.
On the flip side, Hatch Theatrics’ Hawa presents Siti, a recent convert to Islam who oversees the funeral arrangements of her companion. Heartwarming, yet darkly humorous, the nature of their relationship unfolds in a tale that marries the difficult questions of religion and sexuality.
Double bill of Riders Know When It’s Gonna Rain by Wild Rice & Hawa by Hatch Theatrics. Lasalle College of the Arts Creative Cube, 30 June – 3 July 2016. $35. Thur – Sun, 8pm; Sat & Sun, 3pm. Rated R18. Performed in Malay and English, with English subtitles.
8. Grandmother Tongue
If you have grandparents who only speak Mandarin dialect, you’ll understand that the struggle is real. Catch this piece by emerging playwright, Thomas Lim, where a grandson struggles to relearn and uncover lost histories of his 84-year old Teochew-speaking grandmother.
Grandmother Tongue by Wild Rice, Lasalle College of the Arts Creative Cube, 7 – 10 July 2016. $35. Thur – Sun 8pm; Sat & Sun, 3pm. Rating TBA. Performed in Teochew and English, with English subtitles.
Singapore Theatre Festival 2016 tickets can be purchased from Sistic. Get a Festival Pass when you buy tickets to 3 shows or more, and receive a 15% discount, or a 25% discount when you buy tickets by 11 May 2016!