Lite On! @ Downtown East @ Downtown East
Nov 16 2020 @ 10:00 am – Mar 21 2021 @ 10:00 pm
Lite On! @ Downtown East @ Downtown East

Downtown East is pulling out all the stops this festive season. Lighting up the festive season is the debut of LITE ON!– an arts programme showcasing four IG-worthy and multi-sensory works which are visually stimulating yet meaningful installations by a collective of local artists and groups. Drawing their inspo from imagined landscapes, existing spaces and everyday things, the artistic mixed-media works are a reflection of the world we live in today.

Artworks include:

“Eat. Play. Shop. Stay” by BOD (top left)
This features printed patterns and shapes in vibrant colours – red, blue, purple, green and yellow. At night, the installation will come alive with the vibrant LED lights.

“Space of Self” by Space Objekt (top right)
Walk through and interact with this geometrical series of arched gateways that represent strength, support, lightness and openness within density. From its daytime chromatic skin, it turns into a brightly-lit tunnel at night, enveloping you with a riot of colours.

“Bubble Play” by Shophouse & Co. (bottom left)
Centred on bubble wrap packages, the installation comprises vibrant colours, tactile surfaces, and visual prompts to create mini pockets of playful experiences. The artwork aims to help us find joy in everyday moments. Pop bubbles on the bubble wraps if you’re stressed!

“Somewhere Out There” by Speak Cryptic (bottom right)
This multi-sensory experience integrates the artist’s original music with triangle shapes that call to mind a mountain top, ancient pyramids, and the gable or peaked roof structure – symbols of progress.

Toy Factory’s “Still Sailing” @ Online
Nov 23 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 6 @ 11:45 pm
Toy Factory's "Still Sailing" @ Online

Toy Factory Productions Ltd is launching its first-ever digital theatre presentation, Still Sailing. Zooming into the current global crisis on unsettling seas, Still Sailing broadly sheds light on the inner psyches of Singaporeans who face the turmoil of grappling addictions, toxic relationships, and desperate manipulations. The play showcases very real inner-thoughts of an addict, whilst balancing it with tongue-in-cheek dialogues between the unlikely pairing of two twenty-somethings on a voyage.

Synopsis: A gambler, Joshua secretly drifts into the horizon, to a place far away from the shores of his debts and worries… Only to crash into the waves of a global pandemic and harsh reality.

Forced into his cabin for a 14 days quarantine – he was miserably cut off from the buzz of casino slot machines. He desperately shuffles through the cards life has dealt him, and realises that there is absolutely no way he could earn the huge sum of money he came here to win.

His getaway voyage de la vie sinks deeper into brooding reality… A dockless cruise stranded in the middle of nowhere – miles away from home, the only thing that is familiar left, is himself… until he met her – the curious brash girl next door who somehow in all the uncertain conundrum – is Still Sailing.

Still Sailing features just two actors; Marc Valentine as the snobbish well-to-do compulsive gambler Joshua, whilst actress Tan Rui Shan plays Cindy, a scheming lady who has more up her sleeves than just a deck of cards.

Available on Demand from :
23rd November 2020, 12.00 PM to 6th December 2020, 11.59PM
Rental period: 48 hours
*The rental will only be available on the 23rd of November 2020, 12 PM.

[Cancelled] The Nutcracker by SDT @ Esplanade Theatre
Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm – Dec 4 @ 10:15 pm

Radiance merriment and a euphoric enchantment, The Nutcracker is a charming Christmas spectacular that will set your feet to dancing and fill your heart with joy!

Based on a story by E.T.A Hoffmann, and with additional choreography and staging by Artistic Director Janek Schergen, The Nutcracker is set to some of the world’s most vibrant and iconic tunes by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This enchanting ballet features breath-taking costumes and spectacular sets by local designer Aaron Yap, as well as characters that will dance their way into your hearts!

Join us at one of the world’s most beloved holiday celebrations and create joyous memories with loved one this year!

[POSTPONED] First Fleet (March 2021) @ Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Mar 12 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 21 @ 3:00 pm
[POSTPONED] First Fleet (March 2021) @ Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
[POSTPONED to March 2021]
First Fleet is an original play by Nelson Chia, inspired by Thomas Keneally’s novel The Playmaker and other materials on the convict transportation to Australia.
Nine Years Theatre and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre jointly present to you First Fleet. The audience will be seated on the stage of the Cultural Centre’s auditorium, as they set sail with the players to explore the relationships between theatre and humanity.

The year is 1787. The First Fleet of the British Empire sets sail for Australia with a group of convicts aboard, to establish a penal colony. Along the way, the Governor instructs one of his lieutenants to rehearse a play with the convicts, with the hope of using the power of theatre to rehabilitate them. But who has ever heard of an officer putting up a play with his convicts? Certainly not the other officers, priest, judge, doctor or the convicts, who all have reservations about such a ridiculous proposition. Will they eventually be able to stage the play successfully? For these officers and convicts, is the foreign land that they are attempting to build a penal colony in, a brave new world or simply a nightmare from hell?