Calendar

Feb
8
Sat
ICN 2020 – Nilanka @ Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building Level 3
Feb 8 @ 2:30 pm
ICN 2020 - Nilanka @ Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building Level 3
A retelling of the Batak folklore ‘Dayang Bandir and Sandean Raja’, Nilanka chronicles the characters’ intertwined journey in fighting for their own purpose. When a decision goes wrong, one step could change the course of their lives – forever.
The musical revolves around the journey of a crown prince who receives guidance on how to be a great king from a tender-hearted uncle and a loving sister. He is often scrutinized by the people, who desires a more confrontational leader. As tragedies befall upon him, will he be able to fight for everything and be the king he ought to be?

The musical will show you the beauty of culture of Batak, an ethnic group indigenous to North Sumatra, while presenting the themes of conformity and identity. Inspired by a Batak folklore ‘Dayang Bandir and Sandean Raja’, we will explore the issues of societal pressures and norms.

Feb
14
Fri
First Fleet (2020) @ Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm
First Fleet (2020) @ Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
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?

Feb
20
Thu
Pangdemonium Presents The Son @ Drama Centre Theatre
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 7 @ 8:00 pm
Pangdemonium Presents The Son @ Drama Centre Theatre

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).

Mar
25
Wed
Four Horse Road 2020 @ The Theatre Practice
Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 19 @ 10:00 pm
Four Horse Road 2020 @ The Theatre Practice

Spanning 150 years in Singapore history, Four Horse Road 2020 will get you on your feet to watch history come alive and unfold around you as you journey through three heritage buildings on Waterloo Street.

This 2-hour theatre journey will bring you back in time to discover some of the best-kept secrets and unsolved mysteries of Waterloo Street and its surrounding area. Be it as a bus passenger, a visitor to the home for the aged and destitute, or just as an observer, audiences play a part in the story as the action unfolds right before your eyes.

Sorting audiences into different routes, Four Horse Road will have audiences back for more as one can experience the journey differently each time they visit. If you missed a scene in 2018, here comes your second chance to catch it again.

During the initial stages of research, numerous stories from the past about Waterloo Street and its vicinity were excavated. Ten were chosen to be developed for the stories in the first
edition in 2018; in 2020, new ones will be added to the collection. While bringing back crowd favourite scenes such as “Bus Hijack”, “Nantina Home”, the bustling restaurant of “May Blossom”, one can look forward to new twists in the returning stories. All the scenes taking place within the Practice building will be new.

Practice’s most intricate production to date
Bringing together partners and people from different walks of life to tell the story, Four Horse Road boasts a team of over 60 creatives, cast and crew, to make the show happen every night. Four Horse Road is one of Practice’s most intricate productions, and one of the largest scale promenade theatre production in Singapore to date.

Brought to life by some of Singapore’s most talented creatives, Four Horse Road 2020 features a 27-strong diverse cast, with the return of familiar and new faces of the Singapore theatre scene, including Sugie Phua, Al-matin Yatim, Dwayne Lau, Grace Kalaiselvi, Goh Guat Kian, Ric Liu, Ethel Yap, Andrew Mowatt and more.

A highlight of this multilingual work is the use of over 10 different languages and Chinese dialects. Adding on the challenge, the cast will also have to tackle various language accents from different eras of Singapore history.

Ticket sales starts 18 December 2019.