Unless you've been living under a rock, this year sees the Singapore Bicentennial commemorated islandwide. And Wild Rice is acknowledging the event with an Alfian Sa'at and Neo Hai Bin collaboration that trails a group called Raffles Must Fall that examines the country's colonial heritage through forgotten texts, historical documentation and artefacts, even going beyond to re-enact scenes from the past for a better understanding.
Who says comedy can't be challenging and insightful too? This Wild Rice production explores the expectations and the roles of men and women, as well as the inequalities faced by either gender. Fair Play starts off with Boy and Girl who are each assigned scripts by a Playwright before making their debut into our world. This is then followed by the launch of the Theatre-In-Education (TIE) programme which aims to ignite discussions among the youth in terms of the play's themes as well as issues faced in everyday life and the world we live in.
Go on a musical adventure with the boy who never grows up – with a local twist. Due to the pressures of school and growing up in Singapore, Wendy and her brother crave for an escape. After meeting Peter Pan, they journey towards Neverland where no adults are allowed. But little do they know that the wicked, buaya-fearing Captain Hook and his gang of pirates are just around the corner to stir things up.
The demon barber of Fleet Street is finally making his way to our shores. The Singapore production of the acclaimed musical thriller by Stephen Sondheim stars Tony and Olivier Award-winning actress Lea Salonga, best known for giving voice to Kim in Miss Saigon, as well as Disney characters Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan. Catch the legendary songstress play the role of Mrs Lovett, Sweeney's accomplice who bakes his victims into pies at her bakery. But it's not all blood, murder and catastrophe, the musical explores themes of human interaction that are still relevant in today's political landscape: how people can move around the world with impunity, how dark human desires can be and the lengths people are willing to go to in order to survive.
If the mention of Cats got you humming to the tune of Memory rather than of kitties meowing, then get your paws (or claws) on tickets to Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical, Cats The Musical. One of the longest-running shows on the West End and Broadway, the fantasy tale follows a tribe of cats called the Jellicles that only come out to play on one special night of the year. They share stories of their old and wise leader who must then choose one of the Cats to take on The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a new Jellicle life. With synth-heavy songs, captivating choreography, and fur-tastic costumes, it's a spectacle for the cool cats.