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Upcoming theatre and dance performances in Singapore

As we're staying home more these days, we've rounded up must-see local theatre productions in Singapore – both online and offline – to fill your time

Cam Khalid
Dewi Nurjuwita
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Cam Khalid
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Dewi Nurjuwita
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There's no business like show business – and Singapore's theatres and black boxes are the best places to enjoy it. We still won't be able to watch Broadway and West End international tours, but the local theatre companies in our backyard have some seriously good productions up their sleeves – and some of them have been taken online too.  

It's time to get seriously entertained. From a Shakespeare extravaganza to an audio-guided walk that combines fiction and history to reveal the stories of the iconic New World Amusement Park and a live dance performance, here are the best upcoming dance performances and plays in Singapore you can check out while we're still social distancing. 

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  • Art
  • Rochor

Who says you need a time machine to travel back in time? With OH! Open House's new permanent immersive art experience, all you need is a pair of comfy shoes, inquisitive eyes, a good listening ear, and a whole lotta curiosity. 

Following its "sleepwalking" digital art trail Days — and counting, the independent art organisation is back on the streets to tempt you with a site-specific, multisensory walk around Jalan Besar. Titled New World's End, the Singapore Tourism Board-supported night tour is slated to officially launch on July 2.

The audio-guided walk combines fiction and history to reveal stories of the iconic New World Amusement Park, as well as the rich history and heritage of Jalan Besar. Set against the backdrop of the now-defunct landmark in the 1960s, it starts at OH! Open House's new home at 85 Desker Road before taking you down back alleys, hidden rooms and fantasy spaces where you'll uncover the secrets and romance of a pair of young lovers: cinema projectionist Kiran (voiced by Salif Hardie) and New World Cabaret dance hostess Rosa (voiced by Moira Loh). 

Directed and written by theatre maven Kaylene Tan, with dramaturgical support from actress Janice Koh, the stories of New World's End are told through lavish sets designed by OH! Open House's artistic director Alan Oei, an evocative soundtrack produced by music duo NADA, and captivating films by one of Singapore's leading creatives Brian Gothong Tan.

  • Theatre
  • Experimental
  • City Hall

Get ready to go deep with this highly personal performance organised by local nonprofit startup Split Theatre and supported by the National Arts Council (NAC). "Don't Cancer Me Can" is the culmination of the theatre group's inaugural “Work On The Self” programme, a recurring 10-week initiative funded by the National Youth Council (NYC) – and features the Split Theatre Ensemble. 

It features permanent artistes of Split Theatre who was part of the Work On The Self pilot programme and now serves as facilitators for the inaugural intake of participants. The Ensemble includes a voiceover talent and stunt performer with Autism Spectrum Disorder; a circus contortionist; as well as current undergraduates at the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and LASALLE College of the Arts, among others.

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  • Theatre
  • Marine Parade

Here's a new theatre collective to watch: Impromptu Meetings. After a 2021 season with three digital shows and an Esplanade Concourse presentation, they're coming back its debut live theatre show. The Lobby follows two workers, Abby and Min Lee, at a rundown hostel. Business seems to be as per usual on the night shift, until they discover one of the bags in the lobby is holding an alarmingly large amount of cash. From there, they are given a chance to dream and aspire – but it also comes with the opportunity to turn against one another. The Lobby is a simultaneously droll and frank look at class relations in Singapore.

 

  • Music
  • Marina Bay

Singer Kit Chan is back with a live concert to reignite hope in our hearts after a trying time this year. Reignite – Kit Chan "Live" in Concert will be taking place at the Sands Theatre from December 16 to 18, featuring Kit Chan's heartfelt ballads, engaging stage performances, as well as a special Christmas segment, "star on a tree". Tickets are on sale right now via SISTIC with prices starting at $88 for C-Reseve Grand Circle and topping out at $198 for VIP Gold. 

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  • Nightlife
  • Cabaret and burlesque
  • Marina Bay

Pay audience to a riot of song, dance and drag at Boom Boom Room LIVE!, making a comeback from November 24 to December 19 at Marina Bay Sands. The "OG Diva" Kumar will be making an appearance with his signature irreverent comedy, accompanied by the original queens of Boom Boom Room – Helda and Liz – as well as newcomer and veteran drag artist Vanda Miss Joaquim, who represented Singapore in Drag Race Thailand. 

Boom Boom Room was created by local composer Dick Lee back in 1991, but this year's show won't be a tired affair. Expect bold contemporary acts by the likes of Volta Wheel, the world's first holographic Cyr Wheel, as well as a mind-bending act by magician and mentalist Mark Wong. Be further dazzled by the performance group BomBoxx Dancers and homegrown singer Nat Ho. 

  • Theatre

Checkpoint Theatre launches its first podcast Vulnerable, an autobiographical 8-part series written and performed by Associate Artist Cheyenne Alexandria Philips. The witty and compelling tale takes us through her experience as a young freelance creative weathering a pandemic while living with congenital heart disease. Coming in the form of 15-minute episodes of personal anecdotes, Vulnerable will humour, delight and invite us all to consider our communal efforts – or lack thereof – in weathering tough times together. 

Vulnerable will be available for listening beginning 17 June 2021 on Spotify, SoundCloud, and YouTube, with two episodes released every two days.

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