M1 Patch! A Theatre Festival of Artful Play returns this year with a new season of over 15
fun and playful programmes! Organised by bilingual theatre company The Theatre Practice
(Practice), the festival will be held at the home of Practice on Waterloo Street from 22 June
to 1 September 2019.
“Play” has been an intrinsic part of Practice’s philosophy, motivation behind its art-making
impulses and the engine behind its artistic growth. With M1 Patch!, Practice continues to
embody the irrepressible spirit and fearless experimentation of play, creating a festival to
inspire audiences and artists to trust their instincts and rediscover the spirit of artful play.
This year’s M1 Patch! continues to be a festival of possibilities featuring a diverse line-up of
programmes centred around thoughtful play and invites everyone to come and play,
regardless of age, language, forms or genres.
Visit www.practice.org.sg/m1patch for the full line-up of festival programmes.
Gain access to the festival’s ticketed events and enjoy greatest savings with the M1 Patch!
Festival Pass – available at $143 (U.P. $177) – till 31 May or while stocks last.
The talented cohort from Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Young Company 2019 will take on the incredible story of 1984 as their graduation show performance.
Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience — which acts as a silent witness to his torture.
A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.
An ensemble of 11 actors portray the complex but utterly familiar dynamics of this family — Karen Tan, Hang Qian Chou, Jean Ng, Julius Foo, Pavan J Singh, Wiggie, Myle Yan Tay, Victoria Chen, Chaney Chia, Adam Michael Scott Wee An, and Shann Sim – leaving us with an insight the nature of love and loss, helping us all to answer what it truly means to be kin.
Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) presents the world premiere of a line could be crossed and you would slowly cease to be by Australian playwright Andrew Sutherland.
a line could be crossed and you would slowly cease to be is a moving exploration of human relationships with other humans, animals and nature, against the backdrop of climate change.
Playwright Sutherland says of creating this play, “This is a work that, for me, attempts to untangle difficult concepts of futurity and futurelessness against the imminent existential threat of climate futures. From the natural to the interpersonal, the play contends with the deep exhaustions and ambivalences of witness and memory. Without memory, we are unable to project ourselves into a future — but I believe, just as firmly, that hope and activism are predicated upon doubt, endless motion, and the inadequacy of ever reaching our goals.
The play attempts to treat the concept of hope not as a stable future or as a passive act, but as Rebecca Solnit writes, “an axe used to break the door down”.”
ITI’s graduating cohort performs three publicly presented plays as part of their curriculum. a line could be crossed and you would slowly cease to be is their second graduation show for 2019. This year’s graduating cohort will be directed by Singaporean director Koh Wan Ching.
The event starts from 10 September 2019.
You arrive at an art gallery. You get a drink.
Soon you’re chatting with new friends.
You take in a specially curated exhibition.
And then, you meet the fugitive, Lin Bo:
a Chinese dissident who survived two years in a detention center.
His crime? A work of art.
You are now Lin’s captive audience member;
the only way his story can live on.
But, every story has two sides; and,
when the stakes are survival,
who’s to judge what’s fact and what’s fiction?
Your evening is just beginning.
Welcome to CAUGHT, SRT’s ground-breaking socially-immersive experience, where the play is the party, and the party is the play.
Anointed by The New Yorker as our generation’s most subversive performance artist, Lin Bo became an international media sensation after his escape from captivity. In honour of his release, SRT commissioned Drama Desk award-winning director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar to create an immersive evening, featuring an exclusively curated art exhibition. Now a fugitive, Lin will travel to Singapore to give a mystery performance, using text created by OBIE award-winner Christopher Chen, which he describes as: “The idea itself is the art.”
- Gallery opens 15 mins before event start time.
- Enjoy complimentary guided tours and purchase food and drinks upon gallery opening.
- Please wear comfortable shoes and note that there is limited parking at the venue.
Pangdemoniumis presents the satirical musical comedy, URINETOWN, winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards! Urinetown gleefully takes the piss out of politicians, populism, “people power”, capitalism, corporate corruption, and musicals themselves!
In a fictional “most expensive city in the world”, a “cross-border water crisis” has led to a government ban on private lavatories. The woeful water shortage sees the erection of pay-to-pee public toilets operated by an all-powerful corporation, Urine Good Company, owned by the megalomaniac Caldwell B. Cladwell. Breaking the laws against gratuitous public peeing means urination ruination, with offenders being exiled in the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown”, never to be seen again.
When threatened with yet another pee-fee hike, the poor citizens, having endured overwhelming oppression and bursting bladders, can no longer hold it in, and stage a revolution led by a handsome hero with the heroically handsome name of Bobby Strong. And, in true musical theatre style, he still finds the time and energy to fall hopelessly in love with the honeylicious Hope Cladwell, who (shock! horror! spoiler!) turns out to be the daughter of the dastardly Caldwell B. Cladwell!
Pangdemonium is thrilled to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of this unique musical, which catapults musical theatre into a new dimension, with its demented (but uncannily familiar) depiction of a dystopian world, a playlist packed with outrageous songs, and a cunning knack of making you laugh ‘til you wet your pants.
Urinetown is directed by Tracie Pang. The cast includes Adrian Pang, Andrew Marko, Benjamin Chow, Bright Ong, Edward Choy, Elizabeth Morse, Ethel Yap, Jo Tan, JoashTang, Kimberly Chan, Mae Elliessa, Mina Ellen Kaye, Muhammad Shafiq Haziq, Sean Ghazi and Seong Hui Xuan.
Tickets on sale 24 July 2019
ROBERT J. SHERMAN’S “A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN’ is a new musical stage show that will be making its Asian Premiere in Singapore, with songs from the famous Oscar-Winning brothers: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Featuring a highly-talented cast including Aaron Khaled, George Chan, Hossan Leong, Mina Ellen Kaye & Vanessa Kee, this show is sure to dazzle audiences and leave you humming along to the tunes!
A Spoonful of Sherman is a treat for audiences of all ages. The songs, heartfelt and nostalgic, are relevant even today, as the Sherman Brothers themselves wrote, “There’s so much that we share, that it’s time we’re aware, it’s a small world after all. ” At the center of this show is family, and indeed A Spoonful of Sherman hopes to bring across this message of kinship and togetherness this November.