M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

Theatre, Fringe
Photograph: M1 Singapore Fringe Festival
Photograph: M1 Singapore Fringe Festival
Photograph: M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

Time Out says

After much anticipation, the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is returning this January. Based on the theme of Quiet Riot, Fringe 2021 – the 17th edition of the festival – will showcase nine events across various genres by local and international artists. This year's edition is held across various mediums – and audiences can catch the productions in person at the theatre or online. 

Under the helm of The Necessary Stage's Alvin Tan, the 17th edition of the festival sees an exciting line-up of thought-provoking works including four fringe commissions, seven world premieres and one Asian premiere. 

In a line could be crossed and you would slowly cease to be, director Koh Wan Ching and playwright Andrew Sutherland revisit a work from 2019 originally performed by the graduating students from the Intercultural Theatre Institute. WAN BELANTARA: Enjet - Enjet Semut, inspired by Farid ud-Din Attar's poem Conference of the Birds, tells a story of an army of ants embarking on a journey to send gifts and tributes to their new king; while Pandan by Rupa co.lab is a contemplative and occasionally surreal exploration of the intersections where faith, public identities, online avatars and personal ruminations meet.

Another highlight is Brian Gothong Tan and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' Havoc Girls & Kamikaze Boys. The multimedia performance explores the plight of youths and children going through social and political traumatic upheavals, inspired by events such as the Arab Spring, the Hong Kong riots and the Thai cave rescue. This year's edition also showcases performances by international collectives like The Lost Post Initiative from India, New Cambodian Artists from Cambodia, and Ay, Caramba! Theatre from Canada and Ecuador.

Theatres may have been closed for the better part of the year, but aren't we glad we can finally watch live performances again. And with these exciting programmes that the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is bringing back to our black boxes and theatres, things are definitely looking up. 


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