Catch a myriad of original plays written by new playwrights at The Wright Stuff Festival, helmed by Singapore’s bilingual theatre company Toy Factory Productions, which aims to develop aspiring playwrights and take their works from script to stage.
Returning after a one-year hiatus, The Wright Stuff Festival 2019 will be collaborating with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, which will see the school’s final-year theatre students performing in three new stagings.
Permanence by Gina Chew (Oct 10-13)
First performed at The Wright Stuff Festival 2017, playwright Gina Chew has since revisited her play, adding some local elements to it, while reshaping and developing the relationships between characters. It re-tells the story of Blanche, who is at a crossroads, dealing with the consequences of being in various toxic relationships.
Ashes, Ashes by Rajukumar Thiagaras(Oct 17-20)
In its endeavour to represent minorities, Ashes, Ashes, is one that features a majority of Indian characters. A play about elderly Indian lady Janaki and the recount of her heart-wrenching childhood stories upon visiting her childhood home, Ashes, Ashes delves into heavy topics such as trauma, grief and loss.
Random Access Memory by Mark Cheong (Oct 24-26)
In Random Access Memory, several computer parts possess sentient minds. RAM and Gig, both conventional computer memory storage units, come alive to decide what memories of a dead boy should be kept. As the computer parts become divided on the impossible task, they learn the significance of legacies and what it means to be human.
The Puppet King by Titus Yim (Mandarin) (Nov 1-3)
Think Toy Story, but with philosophy thrown in. Inspired by another script about a toy shop found in playwright Titus Yim’s secondary school archives, The Puppet King explores existentialism through five defective toys who are very much alive, only to discover that their toy store is about to be demolished.
Nine Years Theatre will be staging their last work of the year, titled Dear Elena. Dear Elena Sergeevna, the original play from which this production is adapted, has been staged in many different translations around the world since the 1980s, and it is known as one of the most powerful contemporary classics. Filled with dynamic tension in the plot, coupled with the lyrical text, the play asks hard questions about humanity unflinchingly.
Whatever happened to us?
Four students drop a birthday surprise on their teacher Elena, but the true intention of their visit is unveiled when they attempt to persuade her to hand over the key to the safe where their exam papers are being kept. For the sake of their academic progress, they must falsify their scores; for the sake of their futures, excuses are made to justify their actions. The teacher finds herself in a predicament when her students begin coercing her. To stop them from making further mistakes, Elena stands firm and refuses to compromise. They are stuck in deadlock as night draws in, and the students suggest a shockingly deplorable deal as their last resort.
Singapore’s first and longest student-run film festival, Perspectives Film Festival: Breakthroughs in Cinema returns for its 12th edition with an exciting selection of international films, screened at the newly opened state-of-the-art Oldham Theatre, housed in the restored National Archives of Singapore building.
Perspectives is thrilled to announce the Opening Film: FOR SAMA, which won the Prix L’Œil d’Or for Best Documentary at Cannes Film Festival 2019, centering on a female insider look into Assad’s inhumane regime in Aleppo, Syria many years back. Truly deserving of its accolades, the heart-wrenching, bittersweet masterpiece celebrates love, humanity, and the bravery of a woman and her baby desiring for normalcy in a time of extreme socio-political unrest.
Other films in the programme include the late influential French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda’s mind-bending if rarely-seen THE CREATURES (1966) and Jean Renoir’s THE RIVER (1951), which was shot entirely in India in glorious Technicolor. In addition, festival-goers will be treated to a brand new 4K restoration of the Mexican political classic, CANOA: A SHAMEFUL MEMORY (1976).
The Closing Film is VAI, a portmanteau feature directed by nine female directors from various South Pacific islands who came together to map out the life of a woman – from a playful child to a wise great-grandmother. The film premiered at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.
‘Ofa-ki-Levuka Guttenbeil Likiliki, one of the nine VAI female directors, will make an appearance as the Closing Night Speaker and contribute to the Post-Screening Q&A for VAI. Prerna Suri, award-winning foreign correspondent, will be part of the Post-Screening Q&A for FOR SAMA, sharing her experiences as a war journalist during the Syrian refugee crisis.
A revelation of a man’s conflict against a seemingly indifferent society.
“A Fiend’s Diary” is the next one-man show by The Finger Player’s Core Member, Oliver Chong, following his award-winning production “Roots”.
A man did not shed a single tear during his mother’s funeral.
He commits an irreversible act, deemed unforgivable under the judicial system.
Witnesses take to the stand, each one’s account as colourful as their personalities, held
together by a common thread – the judgement of a man’s soul.
Is this man a lunatic, a sage, a fool, a fiend or a social misfit?
Inspired by the philosophy of absurdism and existentialism, A Fiend’s Diary is the ultimate
revelation of a man’s battle against the judicial machine, and his conflict against a seemingly indifferent society.
Admission Nation brings performances to the global markets, boasting a roster of world-renowned flamenco artists that might not be seen elsewhere. We are passionate in promoting the education of the gypsy flamenco culture in order to preserve its history in a modern world through high-quality, entertaining events.
Roots of Flamenco is proud to present Selene Muñoz, an award-winning dancer and choreographer internationally known for her productions combining the art of flamenco with contemporary art. Selene began her dance training at the age of 4.
Selene Muñoz also founded the dance company Danzart where she shines the light on fundamental themes of human life and relevant issues of today’s modern society through
dance and musical performances. Selene’s performances are a fascinating fusion of musicality, costume design, and artistic collaborations blending cultures and styles.
RuPaul’s Drag Race iconic stars, Nina West – fresh from RPDR’s Season 11 and crowned Miss Congeniality – and Thorgy Thor from RPDR’s Season 8 and All Stars, will be bringing their most horrific performances for HalloKween 2019!
As part of LA Comedy Live’s HALLOWEENFEST 2019, HalloKween is Singapore’s first-ever Halloween-themed Drag Extravaganza.
Showcasing the art of Halloween mixed with the wonders of Drag, HalloKween 2019 will surely be a night of absolute mayhem with Nina and Thorgy’s sickening performances. Plus there will be frightening costumes, makeup and prosthetics, fiercest wigs and eerie atmosphere!
Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) will be presenting its annual full contemporary season of the year, Passages. This year, there will be two works that were previously made especially for SDT, with Natalie Weir’s Bittersweet and Toru Shimazaki’s Blue Snow, as well as Val Caniparoli’s Swipe. There will also be a world premiere from an exciting Australian choreographer, Lucas Jervies, working with SDT for the first time.
World Premiere by Lucas Jervis
Bittersweet by Natalie Weir
Swipe by Val Caniparoli
Blue Snow by Toru Shimazaki
Bittersweet is a pas de deux created by Natalie Weir for SDT. Natalie Weir is an established and acclaimed choreographer, known for her highly physical partner work, her organic movement style and her touching insight into human nature.
Featuring a cast of four men and three women, Swipe is packed with originality, utilising every possible extremity, with solos, couples, trios, quartets and the full cast. The piece, in its abstract form, brings out the depth of personalities of the dancers.
Blue Snow was developed as a choreographic work meant to be an impressionistic journey, giving a sensation and emotional feeling of moving toward something that is always just slightly out of reach. The dancers are looking forward, as if to a horizon, that is beautiful, but unattainable.
From electrifying to soulful works, this Season is set to grip you with its captivating line-up and leave you at the edge of your seats.
ROMP 19 is organised by WAD Club, the youth arm of Harvest Care Centre. It’s the largest youth sports carnival run by a non-profit organisation, and aims to build the character of youths through sports, and to promote active learning in youths through volunteerism. ROMP 18 featured 2,000 participants and volunteers, 5 sports competitions across 3 venues!
This year, ROMP is back and better than ever before. Every year, we’re always pushing for ways to #DREAMITBIGGER. That’s why ROMP 19 is held at the biggest venue we’ve had so far – Our Tampines Hub.
Think you’ve got what it takes to beat the competition? We’re inviting all youths and adults to SIGN UP TODAY for any of our sports competitions – badminton, basketball, pool, soccer, table-tennis and tchoukball – or check out our 3 inclusive categories!
For more information, check out the ROMP 19 website! Registration closes on 20 Oct.
The one-day carnival will bring to you live music by prominent regional artiste and homegrown talents.
F.I.R. (飞儿乐团), Taiwanese Pop Rock Band will be headlining this year’s Stärker Music Carnival 2019, supported by 5 notable local acts – the “power duo” Tay Kewei (郑可为) and Alfred Sim (沈志豪), Qiu Feng Ze (邱锋泽), local pop band The Fleurist, and last year’s Stärker Music Jams Champion, Soph T. (霏霏).
F.I.R. (飞儿乐团) is a Taiwanese pop rock band “Fairyland in Reality”. After their first hit song “Lydia”, which was the theme song for the popular Taiwanese TV Drama, The Outsiders (鬥魚), they gained popularity throughout Asia.
EduTECH Asia 2019 returns for its 4th edition to inspire the next generation of educators and learners. Spanning across 4 days, the event will feature 9 theatres of content spanning topics in K-12 Education, Tertiary Education, Vocational Training (VET), Early Childhood Education, Special Educational Needs (SEN), Admission & Marketing and new for 2019, STEM, Smart Schools & Smart Campus.
The conference will once again feature panels, workshops, roundtables, school tours and new for 2019, Meet-the-Mentors. Supported by IMDA, the event will also feature an exhibition showcasing the latest edtech innovations and technologies. The event will also feature a free exhibition showcasing the latest edtech innovations and technologies as well as a makerspace, technology experience zone and #teachtechtalks seminars for teachers by teachers.
Standard tickets are open to all and can either be bought individually or in a group of 2–5. You can also book tickets as part of a school, university or ministry. There is a special discounted price if you book before 12 April so book your tickets fast! You can find out more about the ticket rates and book your tickets here.
For more details on the conference and the full event brochure, you can visit their site here.