January 24, 2015

HOSSAN-AH! Safe and Secure in His LEONG Arms

Like our true blue Singapore Boy, we are the country that punches above its weight. (Our soldiers don't even have to do chin-ups to be combat fit). Our citizens have been kept safe and secure despite our unique claim to fame as the only country to have fought against independence and still become independent.

With his trademark one-man-many-façade performance, Hossan opens a milestone year (it is the golden jubilee after all) in the life of the island we love.

Our own piano man will give thought to the many artistic influences in his career - from the piano men in Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Jamie Cullum and more, to the TV theme songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s. Let Hossan entertain and put you in the mood to celebrate our funny little mash-up culture! 


Event Date
Wed, 28 Jan - Sun, 1 Feb 2015
Wed - Fri: 8pm
Sat & Sun: 4pm & 8pm
Venue
Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)
Standard: S$52, S$42, S$32, S$22 



January 22, 2015

W!LD RICE celebrates 15th Anniversary and SG50 with imagiNATION!


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W!LD RICE celebrates its15th anniversary in 2015.

To mark this milestone, which coincides with Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations, the company will present ‘imagiNATION’, a season of five exciting new productions inspired by the stars of the Singapore flag.

Illuminating and reflecting on the ideas of democracy, peace, progress, equality and justice, the productions will include: 
  • Public Enemy, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's powerful and timely classic, directed by Glen Goei and starring Ivan Heng and Lim Kay Siu, which will challenge the easy assumptions associated with DEMOCRACY;
  • Another Country, a Singapore-Malaysia co-production that brings together the finest writers and performers from both sides of the Causeway to reflect on the history, culture and PEACE shared by two countries that were separated at birth;
  • Hotel, a stirring epic that observes Singapore's PROGRESS through the prism of one hotel room and its inhabitants over the past ten decades. A Singapore International Festival of Arts commission, this production is written by Alfian Sa'at and directed by Ivan Heng and Glen Goei; 
  • The Emperor's New Clothes, a brand-new pantomime directed by Pam Oei and scripted by Joel Tan, that adds a cheeky local twist to Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale about EQUALITY; and
  • A new production - presently a production a work in progress - examining the concept of JUSTICE.

“WR15 coincides, of course, with SG50,” said Ivan Heng, Artistic Director of W!LD RICE. “The entire country will be caught up in a year-long celebration of what makes us uniquely Singaporean, and we plan to join in the festivities in our very own W!LD way.”

“Inspired by the stars of our flag, our goal is to give expression to the aspirations and values that have brought us thus far as a nation, and to understand them in the context of an increasingly complex modern society. Audiences can look forward to a surprising, thought-provoking and perhaps more nuanced celebration of who we are, and what it means to live in Singapore today.”

W!LD RICE's ‘imagiNATION’ season runs from April 2015 to April 2016.

The Little Company launches its biggest season ever with FIVE productions!



Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Mandarin)

Presented by SRT's The Little Company
11 - 29 Mar 2015
DBS Arts Centre - Home of SRT

Following the hugely successful English production in 2013, SRT's The Little Company presents the Mandarin version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the second instalment of our Trio-series featuring music and lyrics by the Laurence Olivier award-winning West-End musical theatre songwriting duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

On a trip into the forest, Goldilocks ventures into a seemingly uninhabited house. In the process of making herself at home, she turns the place into a gigantic mess! Little does she know that the house belongs to a family of three bears, who are not too pleased to witness her handiwork.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears reminds children not to fiddle with the belongings of others, lest there be consequences to bear.

If you loved the English version, don't miss the chance to join the cast as they bring your child on an exciting Mandarin journey through this timeless classic!
For group/school bookings of 20 tickets or more, please contact our Sales Executive, Catherine at 6733 8166 or catherine@srt.com.sg.






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The Three Billy Goats GRuff

Presented by SRT's The Little Company
From 2 Apr 2015
DBS Arts Centre - Home of SRT

Following the hugely successful production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs, SRT's The Little Company presents the third and final instalment of its Trio-series featuring music and lyrics by the Laurence Olivier award-winning West-End musical theatre songwriting duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Honk! and Mary Poppins). Step into the magical, fairytale world of The Three Billy Goats Gruff - a musical that is guaranteed to be snortingly silly and full of giggles.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff (affectionately known as "Baby", "Middle" and "Big") graze happily together with their caretaker, Little Bo-Frilly. But one day, it dawns on them that they are in the middle of a horrible drought. As the grounds turn a dreadful shade of brown, they are slowly but surely running out food. Together, the gang makes the decision to cross a bridge to the other side of the valley, where lush green grass awaits.

Unfortunately, below the bridge lives a frightening troll that loves to feast on goats! Can they outsmart the monstrous, greedy troll in this fight for survival? Come on this adventure with catchy tunes and laugh-out-loud moments - this is one musical that has it all. Don't miss it!
For group/school bookings of 20 tickets or more, please contact our Sales Executive, Catherine at 6733 8166 or catherine@srt.com.sg.

January 15, 2015

Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 2015

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Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay will kick off the 13th edition of Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts on the second day of Chinese New Year in 2015, running from 20 February till 1 March. As Esplanade celebrates Singapore’s 50th birthday in 2015, the centre invites everyone to be inspired to live life to the fullest, giving it meaning and purpose through some of the most dynamic artistic expressions by eminent Chinese artists from Singapore and beyond during Huayi.

Highlights of the festival include:
• Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s Savage Land – An Opera in Concert directed by Goh Boon Teck, which is adapted from renowned Chinese playwright Cao Yu’s classic play The Wilderness
• World-renowned composer and conductor Tan Dun leads the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra in NU SHU – The Secret Songs of Women , a concerto for harp, 13 micro-films and orchestra
• Dance doyen Lin Hwai-min’s Rice by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan celebrates rice, a life-giving staple food of Asians
Travel with Mum by The Nonsensemakers which is based on a true story about a 74-year-old man bringing his 99-year-old mother on a journey across China and discovering new meanings in life
• Hong Kong’s celebrated director Edward Lam’s latest work What Is Sex? which presents his modern theatrical adaptation of Chinese classic Dream of the Red Chamber that explores man’s unceasing desire to fill the void in life.

For more information, check out Huayi official website

Image Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

hikaru's note: I love huayi. it is one of the few consistent good chinese theatre festivals in singapore :)

TAS Concert Series- Mezzotono



The Mezzotono Show is entirely executed by five voices a-cappella, which means without the use of any musical instruments, because the voices reproduce the different instruments and the often comical approach of the five interpreters encourages audience participation in a nice and never pushy way.

Not only the Italian theatres but 32 countries in 4 continents around the world hosted their music, being it the Italian vocal group with more concerts abroad. The originality of the performance is evident in their repertoire which consists solely of defining Italian music singed in many styles.

From jazz to bossa nova, from mambo to tango, from big band style to classic music, all the songs have a very different impact from the original version because of the arrangements and the unpredictable contribution of the rythmic-vocal section.
The show is perfect for all the situations, in Italy and abroad, in jazz, classic music or open art festivals. Often Mezzotono have had some seminary in many Universities around the world about the a cappella music and the Italian languages.

Mezzotono has already been in several prominent Italian tv appereances ( Rai 2, Rai 3, RadioRAI1, Radiomontecarlo), their tours have included theaters all over the world and they have performed hundreds of concerts.

Date: 28th February 2015
Venue: Aliwal Arts Centre #03-03 Singapore 199918
Ticket Prices: $30 (Standard), $25 (NSF/Student/Promotional Partners)
Website: www.a-cappella.org.sg
Book your ticket @ http://peatix.com/event/69106

January 13, 2015

Titoudao



Regarded amongst the most iconic of Singaporean theatre, Titoudao is back again for an amazing 5th staging that promises a refreshing treat with the same endearing taste! After sweeping the inaugural LIFE! Theatre Awards, including the coveted Play of the Year, this highly-acclaimed masterpiece has gone on to wow audiences from Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou to Cairo.

Tracing the life story of Madam Oon Ah Chiam, Titoudao portrays the struggles of this petite lady with big dreams, fighting against despairing personal states of poverty, gender inequality and shadowed marital vexations. Above all, invisible shackles from the diminishing state of her craft will confront all the strength and zeal that culminate in this inspirational tale of the person behind her most iconic character.

The stage shifts between Mdm Oon's painful backstory and her mesmerizing Wayang performances as Titoudao. Against her vibrant comic male facade, the impassioned rendering of the actress' ordeals highlight the unspoken currents beneath a time of rapid change and progression. Between the present theatrical form and traditional Wayang stage, the play sparkles with a mark of resilience as it presents the beauty of dreams and tradition.

Featuring Audrey Luo as Titoudao with a team of enchanting cast consists of Trey Ho, Timothy Wan, Josephine Tan, Daphne Quah, Rei Poh, Benita Cheng and Trev Neo.

Like love, history, passion and culture, Titoudao will continue to touch the hearts of generations past, present and future.

“Heartbreakingly touching, indeed it is.”- 8 days

“The uninhibited fun and warmth of titoudao is disarming; barriers melted away, creating a sharing field transcending age, language and culture.” - Kuo Pao Kun

“Its nostalgia-filled story deserves to be told and re-told.”- Today

January 3, 2015

“Somnogram” by USP Production

Introducing “Somnogram”  by USP Productions, happening in January 2015!

At USP Productions, we are committed towards quality student theatre, which explores issues relevant to Singaporean society. This year, work with us to help develop the local youth arts scene, as we prepare for our upcoming production, Somnogram - coming your way in January 2015.

About Somnogram
It’s New Year’s Eve. On the night of what seems to be a freak snowstorm in Singapore, six characters in a college café – each at turning points in their lives – are forced to confront their past and present in face of a future that may forever remain imagined.

Inspired by a collection of paintings by expressionist artist Sarah Shaw, SOMNOGRAM threads the themes of disconnect, isolation and death through a surrealistic exploration of the theories of dream interpretation and eternal recurrence. With a cast of intense and volatile characters, the play courts the audience to examine the conflict between our survival instincts and tendency for self-destruction, and to question the value of eternity, just as it lays bare the knowledge that we can never fully articulate what we really think and feel, and that we can never know – or be known – by someone else in perfect, absolute totality.

SOMNOGRAM will be staged at the DBS Arts Centre - Home of SRT from 23-24 January 2015.

Show timings:
23 Jan (Friday), 8PM - $15
24 Jan (Saturday), 2PM - $10
24 Jan (Saturday), 8PM - $15

Purchase your tickets online at tinyurl.com/productions15 now!

For more information, visit usproductions.wordpress.com
Contact productions.usc@gmail.com for queries​