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?
Pangdemonium opens our 2020 Season with The Son, written by internationally acclaimed Florian Zeller, who was lauded by The Times as ‘the most exciting playwright of our time’. The Son forms the final part of the critically acclaimed trilogy that includes The Mother and The Father (Pangdemonium staged a sold-out run of The Father in 2018).
The Son is a powerful and moving story that urges a heightened awareness of mental health issues among our youth. This is a story of one family – and, in fact, a story of so many families – struggling to save a lost loved one, where sometimes love is not enough.
Directed by Tracie Pang, the play features Adrian Pang, Nazray, Serene Chen, Sharda Harrison, Shona Benson and Zachary Pang.
In keeping with Pangdemonium’s spirit of telling stories that tackle challenging themes, the play draws a focus on the stigma that people with mental health conditions face. To facilitate much needed conversation, there are pre and post show discussions in conjunction with Beyond the Label, an initiative by National Council of Social Services (NCSS).
After a 2019 season where The Truth and Caught challenged the audiences’ perceptions and notions of truth versus reality, Singapore Repertory Theatre kicks off the 2020 season with The Lifespan of a Fact, a smash hit on Broadway and hailed by The New York Times as “terrifically engaging,” and The Wall Street Journal “a smart, rib-bustingly funny play”. This time, the audience gets to explore the theme of fake news versus truths.
The determined young fact checker (played by Jamil Schulze) is about to stir up trouble. The demanding editor Emily Penrose (played by Janice Koh) has given him a big assignment: apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by the unorthodox author, John D’Agata (played by Ghafir Akbar).
Together, they take on the high-stakes world of publishing in this new comedy of conflict. The ultimate showdown between truth and fiction is about to begin – with undeniably delicious consequences.