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4 top shows to check out during Singapore Theatre Festival 2018

Wild Rice's Singapore Theatre Festival 2018 brings in thought-provoking stories.

SINGAPORE THEATRE FESTIVAL

PRESS GANG

A former civil servant joins The Singapore Times as a reporter, just as the paper’s long-time editor is sent on indefinite leave for an incendiary commentary hinting at abuse of power in the highest echelons of government.

In the resulting power vacuum, a new rumour that could potentially take down the government emerges, and the newsroom must decide whether to publish the story.

Former journalist Tan Tarn How depicts a newsroom in crisis in his first play in seven years, directed by Wild Rice’s founding artistic director Ivan Heng and with a cast including veteran theatre maker T. Sasitharan in his first acting role in 19 years.

WHERE: The Singapore Airlines Theatre, Lasalle College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street

MRT:Rochor

WHEN: Today till July 15, 7.30pm on Tuesdays to Fridays and 3 and 7.30pm on weekends

ADMISSION: $50, $65 for today’s preview; $60, $75 for the following shows from Sistic (excluding booking fee, call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg)

INFO: Advisory 16 (mature content). More details at singaporetheatrefestival.com

SUPERVISION

Life Theatre Awards-nominated playwright Thomas Lim presents his sophomore script, directed by Wild Rice artistic director Glen Goei, about a young Indonesian, Yanti, who comes to Singapore for the first time as a domestic worker for prickly retiree Teck, a stroke survivor.

The two form an unlikely friendship as they hide secrets from Teck’s strict daughter Jenny, but she has her own questionable way of keeping tabs on them.

WHERE: Flexible Performance Space, Lasalle College of the Arts

MRT: Rochor

WHEN:Today till July 15, 7.30pm on Tuesdays to Fridays, 3 and 7.30pm on weekends

ADMISSION:$50 via Sistic, excluding booking fee

INFO: Advisory 16 (mature content). The 7.30pm performance tomorrow will be simultaneously interpreted in Singapore Sign Language for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.


ON BORROWED LAND: SUNGEI ROAD MARKET

In an homage to Sungei Road Flea Market, which was closed around this time last year, a group of undergraduates, including Brendan Mayle Kor, are exhibiting 11 works inspired by the market, from portrait paintings of vendors to a wire sculpture.

Trespass: Stories From Singapore’s Thieves Market, a documentary film by Ong Kah Jing, will also be screened in 20 private sessions.

WHERE: The Substation, 45 Armenian Street

MRT: City Hall

WHEN: Today, 3 to 9pm; tomorrow and Sunday, 1 to 9pm

ADMISSION: Free. To register for Trespass screenings, go to goo.gl/7a7XDr

INFO: www.facebook.com/onborrowedland.10.07.17


PHILADELPHIA BOYS CHOIR

The 100-strong Emmy award-winning choir and chorale, one of America’s oldest, comes to Singapore for the first time on its 50th anniversary tour of Asia.

Conducted by Jeffrey R. Smith, the choir will perform well-known numbers such as America, The Beautiful and Elton John’s The Circle Of Life.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive

MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall

WHEN:Tomorrow, 7.30pm

ADMISSION: $15 to $55 via Sistic (excluding booking fees) 

INFO:www.phillyboyschoir.org

This article was originally published in The Straits Times.