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2016

Forum Theatre twentythirty
Presented by Singapore Kindness Movement and *SCAPE
Produced by Drama Box

26 - 28 October 2016, 2.30pm & 5pm

Production for Public

Singapore is now a more diverse place than ever before. It is becoming increasingly more common to have classmates, neighbours and colleagues who come from different parts of the world.

twentythirty is a forum theatre performance that allows audiences to examine the figure of “others” in their life and the prejudices they may have. It is a platform for audiences to question and discover for themselves the role that the “I” can play in accepting difference and embracing diversity.

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IgnorLAND of its Loss
Featuring GoLi – The Moving Theatre

5 - 10 July 2016, 7.30pm

IgnorLAND of its Loss

Production for Public

Development brings along something new, yet it also takes something from us. How do we cope with this loss? Are there other possibilities? Community-engaged arts project IgnorLAND of its Loss invites you to imagine alternatives and have a dialogue about the decision-making process regarding our land.

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Kopitiam
Co-produced by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay & Drama Box, featuring ARTivate

26 May 2016, 8pm

Kopitiam

Production for Public

A traditional kopi tiam, rich in memories and heritage, is at risk of becoming irrelevant when faced with rapid changes in our society. How should the elderly owner of the kopi tiam and his grandson deal with these external changes and pressures, and negotiate their differing views?

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Kopitiam
Co-produced by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay & Drama Box, featuring ARTivate

24 - 26 May 2016, 2.30pm & 5pm

Kopitiam

Production for Schools

A traditional kopi tiam, rich in memories and heritage, is at risk of becoming irrelevant when faced with rapid changes in our society. How should the elderly owner of the kopi tiam and his grandson deal with these external changes and pressures, and negotiate their differing views?

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Manifesto
Co-presented by Drama Box and The Necessary Stage

9 - 12 & 16 - 19 March 2016, 8pm
12, 13, 19 & 20 March 2016, 3pm

Manifesto

Production for Public

Through the lens of events stretching across 70 years, Manifesto, a brand new multilingual collaboration by Drama Box and The Necessary Stage, investigates the role of artists in history and politics:

Can Artists be alternative voices for the marginalized or will they be silenced, subdued and ultimately, erased?

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2015

PLAY Creation (Forum Theatre)


Workshops for Students

Aid students, be it during curriculum time or CCA sessions, in learning the skills to create an original piece of Theatre...

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Introduction to Directing/Playwriting/Acting


Workshops for Students

Students will be introduced to the art of directing, playwriting and acting.

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Blanc Space Playwright Series IV
"Dummy's Guide to Playwrighting 101" Workshop

10, 17, 24 and 31 Jan 2015


Workshops for Practitioners

What is drama? What constitutes a script?
Ideas are nothing without application, and vice versa.
"Dummy's Guide to Playwrighting 101" is a foundation workshop that looks at the basic skills needed to write plays and how to do it with ease.

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Talk: "The Anatomy of a Play"
As part of Blanc Space Playwright Series IV

Every first Wednesday of the month, starting Mar 2015


Event

Beginning March 2015, (every 1st Wednesday of the month for 12 sessions), Nelson Chia (Artistic Director, Nine Years Theatre) or Kok Heng Leun (Artistic Director, Drama Box) will take you through the years: from the classic Greek tragedies and unmissable Shakespeare and other masters to the more modern Postdramatic genres, including a segment on local plays.

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Forum Theatre sixpointnine

9 - 13 Mar 2015


Production for Schools

sixpointnine is a forum theatre performance that allows students to examine their definition of those labelled as "others" and the prejudices they may have. It is a platform for students to question and discover for themselves the role that the "I" can play in re-defining mindsets and embracing diversity.

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PLAY Creation: Inter-School Forum Theatre Camp
As part of SCENES: FORUM THEATRE'S Young Can Change the World

16 - 18 Mar 2015 (Mandarin)
19 - 21 Mar 2015 (English)


Workshops for Students

The Inter-School Forum Theatre Camp brings together youths with diverse backgrounds from all over Singapore and creates a safe space for them to discover and learn more about one another through the process. The youth will also engage in a conversation about different social issues their peers face and the possible actions they can take.

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Blanc Space Playwright
Series IV

Play Clinic

29 May - 1 Jun 2015


Workshops for Practitioners

Have you spent countless sleepless nights trying to finish writing a play, yet you’re not completely satisfied with it, and you can’t quite understand why? Drama Box has invited veteran playwright, Professor Wei-Jan Chi from Taiwan, to provide consultation for your play writing process.

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Talk: "Rethinking Critical Art and Its Efficacy"
As part of Blanc Space Playwright Series IV

1 Jun 2015


Event

From two contemporary plays - the Irish play The Beauty Queen of Leenane and the American play August: Osage County, the talk discusses the “tragic style” of Western drama in the past two decades, and its relation with contemporary political and cultural context. The talk is led by veteran playwright, Professor Wei-Jan Chi from Taiwan.

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SCENES: FORUM THEATRE
The official launch programme for GoLi – The Moving Theatre

3 - 10 Jul 2015

Community Theatre Festival 2015

Production for Public

Drama Box is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a festival on Forum Theatre. SCENES: FORUM THEATRE is a consolidation of Drama Box's work and beliefs from the beginning. This is a major milestone for us, and is especially significant is that SCENES should be the official launch programme for GoLi – The Moving Theatre, the FIRST inflatable theatre in Singapore.

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It Won't Be Too Long: The Lesson

9 & 11 Sept 2015 (in Mandarin)
10 & 12 Sept 2015 (in English)

It Won't Be Too Long: The Cemetery

18 & 19 Sept 2015

It Won't Be Too Long

Production for Public

In a country as small as Singapore, space – both physically and psychologically – comes at a premium. Drama Box explores the dynamics of space in Singapore in It Won't Be Too Long, which blends performance and participation in two arts projects, The Lesson and The Cemetery.

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Blanc Space Playwright Series V
Calling for new Chinese scripts submission

Submit script by 30 Sept 2015


Event

Playwright Series V will provide playwrights writing scripts in Chinese, and residing in Singapore, an opportunity to stage their scripts.

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2014

Fundraising Campaign
"GoLi – The Moving Theatre"
The First Inflatable Pop-Up Theatre in Singapore

07 Nov 2013 - 30 Apr 2014

GoLi – The Moving Theatre

Event

Bringing socially relevant, artistically and aesthetically intriguing works right to your door step.

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Senang

15 - 25 May 2014


Production for Public

Senang is inspired by a forgotten tale from Singapore’s past - the bloody prison riots that took place on Pulau Senang, located 15 miles south of Singapore. This is the story of one man’s attempt to create a utopian penal colony, which tragically led to his violent end.

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IgnorLAND of its Time

24 Jul - 2 Aug 2014

IgnorLAND

Production for Public

IgnorLAND is back and this time we are taking you to the Bukit Ho Swee estate! From the infamous fire in 1961 to the present, how much has changed in Bukit Ho Swee, and what has stayed the same?

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Community Theatre Training Programme
Leading up to Community Theatre Festival 2015

Between 05 Jul - 15 Sep 2014


Workshops for Practitioners

Calling all theatre practitioners, educators, community workers or anyone who wants to be part of Drama Box's inaugural Community Theatre Festival and/or apply Theatre or Forum Theatre techniques to your work in communities.

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Breaking The Silence
Forum Theatre workshops by Kok Heng Leun, Level 1 & 2

10 - 15 Sep 2014


Workshops for Practitioners

This workshop is recommended for social/community workers, arts educators, theatre practitioners or anyone who wants to know how to use Forum Theatre techniques in their works.

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BOTH SIDES, NOW - Living With Dying
An Immersive Arts Experience

19 - 28 Sep 2014

BOTH SIDES, NOW

Production for Public

We all share the common fate that one day we will die. Though death is a natural part of life, many fear discussing it. Welcome to BOTH SIDES, NOW - a fair on Living with Dying.

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Blanc Space Playwright Series IV

30 Sep 2014


Workshops for Practitioners

Anyone who resides in Singapore, is writing scripts in Chinese and looking for an opportunity to stage it, regardless of nationality, age, gender and experience.

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Theatre for Youth: The Silly Little Girl and The Funny Old Tree

20 - 31 Oct 2014

The Silly Little Girl And The Funny Old Tree

Production for Schools

Written by renowned Singaporean theatre practitioner Kuo Pao Kun, this play tells of the story about a strange attachment that a girl develops with an old, funny-looking tree in her school.

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Forum Theatre Movement in Schools
As part of Drama Box's Community Theatre Festival 2015: The Young Can Change the World


Workshops for Students

It is our belief that youth have a major role to play in shaping the world and given the opportunity, they will want to have their voices heard, especially on issues concerning them.

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2013

A Play Read of Senang

30 - 31 Jan 2013

A Play Read of Senang

Event

Senang is inspired by a forgotten tale from Singapore's past - the bloody prison riots that took place on Pulau Senang.

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Farewell: The Body in 16 Chapters at Macao Arts Festival 2013

18 - 19 May 2013

Farewell: The Body in 16 Chapters at Macao Arts Festival 2013

Int'l Collaboration & Exchange

Jintong is a senior-level civil servant. She longs to commit herself unreservedly to her same-sex relationship with new Chinese immigrant Jackie, but is hampered by fears she refuses to admit. When beautiful memories of her teenage years return to haunt her, how can her sassy mother help?

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Forum Theatre - Just a Bad Day

22 Jun 2013

Forum Theatre: Just a Bad Day

Production for Public

1 in 10 women in Singapore experiences physical violence in her lifetime.
6 in 10 women suffer repeated victimisation.
More than 1 case a week reaches AWARE's Sexual Assault Befrienders Service.
51% of the respondents polled in a survey believed that violence in the family 'is a private affair'.

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Forum Theatre - 40 Strokes

29 Jul - 02 Aug 2013

Forum Theatre: 40 Strokes

For Schools

A group of students are accused of committing a serious offence that no one wants to take responsibility for. Consequently, the entire group ends up being punished by the school.

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"News Busters!" is back!

15 - 17 Aug 2013

News Busters!is back!

Production for Public

News Busters! is making a comeback to the community, with its signature dose of satirical humour!

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Public Forum and Panel Discussion
All the Rage on the Singapore Stage: Transcultural Representations in Performance

17 Aug 2013

Public Forum and Panel Discussion: All the Rage on the Singapore Stage: Transcultural Representations in Performance

Event

Chinese language theatre in Singapore has a long history of engagement with society and politics. Since the early 20th century, Chinese language theatre has been responding to the changing political and social landscape by producing works that depict the lives of the times, and in turn, these works are calls by the artists to the public to respond to.

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Breaking the Silence Level 1 & 2

09 - 14 Sep 2013

Breaking the Silence

Workshops for Practitioners

Attend this workshop if you want to learn to analyse issues that affect you and try out different strategies to deal with them, cultivate self-reflectivity as well as develop an active outlook towards dealing with problems in life.

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BOTH SIDES, NOW - An Immersive Arts Experience

16 Nov - 08 Dec 2013

BOTH SIDES, NOW - An Immersive Arts Experience

Event

Living and Dying.
Both sides of a continuum,
Perceived through multiple perspectives.
BOTH SIDES, NOW is a multi-disciplinary immersive art experience that invites audiences to engage, reflect and share their thoughts and stories on what it means to live well, and leave well.

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Book Launch-cum-Forum Discussion
Singapore Chinese Language Theatre: Engagement, Observation and Reflection

30 Nov 2013

Book Launch-cum-Forum Discussion: Singapore Chinese Language Theatre: Engagement, Observation and Reflection

Event

In 2010, as part of Drama Box's 20th anniversary celebrations, Drama Box co-presented SCENES: Singapore's Chinese Language Theatre with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

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ARTivate Recruitment

10 Oct 2013 - 28 Feb 2014

Artivate Recruitment

Event

We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate young people between the ages of 15 and 22 to join our youth wing.

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2012

One Hundred Years of Solitude 10.0 - Cultural Revolution

01 Feb 2012


Int'l Collaboration & Exchange

As part of a series inspired by the Nobel prize-winning novel by Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude 10.0 - Cultural Revolution is a spellbinding examination of social history, following multiple generations of Cultural evolution and uprisings.

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Bus Stop

15 - 17 Mar 2012


Production for Public

A group of people come to a bus stop, a routine fixed within their everyday life.
They wait for a bus that will take them to their destination, an ephemeral place that without fail, they must arrive.

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Parallel Cities - Factory

18 May - 02 Jun 2012


Int'l Collaboration & Exchange

In the old days, cities were built around factories. Today, the factories are built far outside the city boundaries. The laws of modern labour were once dictated by the factory; now the laws of the market stipulate the products as well as the production rates and values.

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《十一》Our 11th Brother: Lim Bo Seng’s Formative Years

30 Jul - 03 Aug 2012


Production for Schools

Much has been said about the great work of Lim Bo Seng, one of Singapore’s most well-known war heroes during World War II. But have you ever wondered what he was like as a child, and what made him the person he came to be—a passionate and patriotic man?

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Afar

23 - 25 Aug 2012


Production for Public

Trapped in an unknown time, in an unknown corner afar, the only things five unknown souls can recall are the great uncertainties of their correlations.

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Project Mending Sky: US - Man, The Forest, The Monkey Man, The Tigers and The Elephants

31 Aug - 29 Sep 2012


Production for Public

Project Mending Sky: US is the final installment of Drama Box's Community Art Project on Environment. In the finale, we come together as a commnity and go through an experiential journey to discover/re-discover our connection with the environment.

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David the Best 2.0 - Kucing Kuraps FTW

11 - 20 Oct 2012


Production for Public

David the Best 2.0 - Kucing Kuraps FTW is a talk show about the power of the little! Helmed by the affable and witty Huang Wen Hong (黄文鸿), it not only features well-known personalities on stage, but also the ordinary Singaporeans, new immigrants, uncles, aunties and maybe your neighbour!

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Girl in the White Sand Box (Re-run)

29 Oct - 02 Nov 2012


Production for Schools

A little girl is digging a hole in the ground, waiting to bury her head in it when the hole is deep enough.

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IPS Prism

08 - 14 Nov 2012


Production for Public

IPS Prism is a project that looks at how Singapore will govern itself over the next 10 years. Imagine how your choices today can shape your life, community and country tomorrow. Presented by the Institute of Policy Studies, this immersive arts experience is produced by Drama Box.

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Asian Cultural Vision Journey Festival 2012

11 - 15 Dec 2012


Int'l Collaboration & Exchange

Initiated by Peng Hao Theatre (Beijing), Zuni Icosahedron (Hong Kong), Drama Box (Singapore) and Performing Arts Alliance (Taipei), and organised by Peng Hao Theatre, Asian Cultural Vision Journey Festival serves as a platform for cross-regional and cross-cultural exchange.

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2011

HERstory

28 - 29 May 2011


Production for Public

While history often celebrates men, HERstoryis a tribute to Singapore's forgotten women in the 50s and 60s. Inspired by the women of that generation, Otto Fong tells the story of a tenacious woman with an unfulfilled dream.

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Girl in the white sand box

06 - 08 Jul 2011


Production for Schools

The girl dug a hole in the ground... and is preparing to bury her head when the hole is deep enough.

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This is home?

12 - 14 Aug 2011


Workshops for Practitioners

What does "Home" mean to you? Do you consider singapore your Home? What better way to explore an issue than to be involved in a brand new devised performance, performed by you!

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How Much?

03 - 04 Sep 2011


Production for Public

Is sex work work? If so, could sex workers enjoy the same legal entitlements and emplyee benefits as the rest of us? Do they deserve dignity?

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The Jade Bangle

01 - 04 Dec 2011


Production for Public

A mother asked her eldest daughter to get a jade bangle back from her cousin on the day of her aunt's funeral. The jade bangle had been left behind by their grandmother. And the story begins here. The mother and her two daughters, when put together, bricker, cry, laugh, and share tales of self-pity and sometimes of an ambiguous past.

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Dramatised Reading - Who Will Stage My Play

03 Dec, 10 Dec 2011


Events

The Departure is collection of stories about departure, drawn from conversations between three Chinese students who have just finished the studies abroad. These conversations intersect with three broader stories, taking us to the beginning of the Qing dynasty, the 1930s and the 1960s respectively.

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Old Maid

08 - 11 Dec 2011


Production for Public

Who is considered a virgin? Does an ntact hymen constitute to being a virgin? Even if it were reconstructed? What about those who just indulge in tongue action? Masturbating without intercourse? Victims of sexual harassment without intercourse? What about those with wild fantasies? Are lesbians considered virgins? Who is considered an old maid? At what age are you considered an old maid?

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2010

The Dramatised Readings

30 Jan, 06 Feb 2010


Events

Get a taste of plays written from the pre-war era to the present time. Featuring read excerpts from seminal local Chinese language plays from the decades, SCENES: The Dramatised Readings, curated by Nelson Chia and Koh Wan Ching, give a sense of how Singapore's Chinese language theatre has developed over the years. Each dramatised reading will be followed y a discussion that will enable all to consider the rich history of our cultural landscape with fresh eyes.

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The Exhibition

02 - 28 Feb 2010


Events

Experience the world of Singapore's Chinese language theatre from the early 1920s to the present with this exhibition that takes you into scenes of the past with a tactile blend of material, space, light, sound and text. Curated by established theatre academic and playwright Quah Sy Ren, and designed by Singapore's leading architect Tan Kay Ngee and his team, SCENES: The Exhibition provides a thought-provoking overview on the history and development of our national Chinese language theatre.

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Invisibility/Breathing

19 - 20 Feb 2010


Production for Public

Invisibility/Breathing is director Natalie Hennedige's theatrical response to Quah Sy Ren's Invisibility (1996), examining the hope and futility of restless people in a restless world.

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K

20 - 21 Feb 2010


Production for Public

An elegy of dehumanization. A game of torment that never ends.

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Fresh Takes

20 - 21 Feb 2010


Workshops for Students

Fresh Takes is showcase of Chinese language theatre productions put up by Singapore schools, curated by theatre director-performer Peter Sau. Get a glimpse of the creativity of our young talent in this selection of plays.

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The Coffin is Too Big for the Hole

23 - 24 Feb 2010


Production for Public

Beyond life and death, the most absurd funeral feud between the powerful and the powerless begins.

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The Next Generation

27 - 28 Feb 2010


Production for Public

The Next Generation is about the unfulfilled sentiments of three women from two generations who are trapped by the fact that there is only one male from the younger generation. It explores the status of the traditional versus the contemporary female in a male-oriented society.

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The Symposium

28 Feb 2010


Events

This symposium is a thought-provoking end to the two-week SCENES programme, and is made up of three parts.

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Run Run Run!

17 - 19 May 2010


Production for Schools

Kindness is not just about giving up your seat to an elderly or a pregnant woman. It is about putting yourself in somebody else's shoes and being considerate. No man is an island, but in this hectic and stressful society, people tend to be self-centred, impatient and indifferent to the people around them.

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Shh... a date with the community

03 - 04 Sep & 10 - 11 Sep 2010


Production for Public

A three-part project celebrating Drama Box's 20th Anniversary and 10 Years of Community Theatre.

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The Magnanimous Cuckold

16 - 19 Dec 2010


Production for Public

A simple marriage, an ambiguous affair; a tormenting suspicion, a burden to bear. How far would a man go, to prove himself a cuckold?

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2009

News Busters! 《 大歹纪! 》

19 - 22 Feb 2009


Production for Public

News Busters! or Dua Dai Ji, is the first "Mockumentary Theatre" ever created and performed in Singapore, combining Italian Commedia dell'arte, variety shows and family soap opera. The play pokes fun of news headlines and satirises current events which affect everyone in Singapore.

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IgnorLAND and its Desires

27 Mar, 02 - 04 Apr 2009


Production for Public

IgnorLAND is a community project that brings audiences to places and spaces with stories to tell. The second instalment, IgnorLAND and its Desire, will look at the place where carnal and the spiritual meets: GEYLANG. The three segments of the play performance will focus on: Sex, Food, Gods/ Religion. We are also planning for a Food Map, charting the food eateries around Geylang.

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Drift - Macao Arts Festival

21 - 22 May 2009


Int'l Collaboration & Exchange

Hui Ying, a middle-aged woman, finds out her husband is having an affair while working abroad; this news shatters the home she has tried hard to maintain for years.

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Lot No.8

30 Jul - 02 Aug 2009


Production for Public

In the beginning, is there an end?
And when the end dawns, is the wait justified?
In Waiting, silence grows, patience wears thin.
Treading, lingering, drifting...
How do we feel? Why do we fear? What do we remember?

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Inter|v!ew

30 Jul - 02 Aug 2009


Production for Public

If the process of understanding another human being is analogous to an interview, how much painstaking excavation and questioning would be needed to fully understand the person?

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Bondage

06 - 09 Aug 2009


Production for Public

Do you know the Goddess of Mercy? Have you ever thought that the Goddess may be an Indian prince in disguise? A sadomasochist policeman attracted an anonymous teenage girl, and provoked two hooligans who were sniffing drugs in a hotel room.

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Who Cares About Me?

24 - 26 Aug 2009


Production for Schools

A growing number of Singaporean children are alienated by the school or their families, facing pressures such as parental, examinations, peer pressure, Internet and media influence, and often result in runaways, delinquency or even suicide.

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Project Mending Sky: YOU

11 - 12 Sep, 18 - 19 Sep 2009


Production for Public

This is the second instalment of our community performance project on the Environment in the heartlands. In 2009, expanding on what we have built on in 2008, the project will shift from "ME" to "YOU"; ie what you can do for others.

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2008

House of Sins

13 - 16 Mar 2008


Production for Public

House of Sins unveils the sins that had been lurking deep within people through a perfect family that is chosen on a sacred night to participate in a holy project. To save the sinners from hell, they are prepared to sacrifice themselves.

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Drift

05 - 07 Jun 2008


Int'l Collaboration & Exchange

Drift - a co-commission by Singapore Season in China 2007 and Singapore Arts Festival 2008. In June, the play was brought from Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre to Singapore, Drama Centre Theatre.

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What Matters?

02 - 04 Jul 2008


Production for Schools

What Matters? was produced by under Esplanade's F.Y.I programme and NAC's Arts Excursion initiative. It featured a forum theatre play co-directed by Artistic Director of NeNeMas Koh Hui Ling and Rei Poh and also a series of 3 fringe activities.

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Angelism

06 - 10 Aug 2008


Production for Public

This performance is part of Singapore Theatre Festival, and is a collaboration with Malay Theatre Company Panggung ARTS, that crosses the boundaries of races and language.

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Playread Session by Blanc Space

Aug 2008


Events

The Playread session was held as part of the OCBC Theatre Festival, which also served as a showcase for the new scripts in progress.

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Project Mending Sky: ME

29 - 31 Aug 2008


Production for Public

Project Mending Sky is a 3-year project undertaken by Drama Box to promote environmental awareness in the community. Through a short play, a demonstration of using recycled cooking oil to make soap by Raffles Girls' School (SEC) and several green activities, Project Mending Sky: ME aims to develop an appreciation of how 'life' evolves with one's action, just like how 'lives' are destroyed with one's action too.

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David the Best

19 - 22 Nov 2008


Production for Public

Explore the psyche of being small through stories shared by different Davids in this tongue-in-cheek theatre-talk show. See and feel how our Davids find small ways to live as the BEST in this BIG BIG world of ours.

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2007

MOMO

16 - 18 May 2007


Production for Schools

Momo is a mysterious orphan who appears in a city one day. People soon drawn to her for her extraordinary ability to listen and she made many wonderful friends. She would spend afternoons just listening to their problem or playing with the children. However, things changed when a group of Men in Grey appears.

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Dua Dai Ji / News Busters!

Jul 2007


Production for Public

Part one of Drama Box's popular community performance tours in 2007. A satire that relieved headline news created by Li Xie and co-devised with Tay Kong Hui, Koh Huiling and Goh Seok Ai.

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Trick or Threat!
Forum Theatre

04 - 08 Jul 2007


Production for Public

Part 2 of Drama Box's TOUR'07 in July. A forum theatre that discussed racial and terrorism issues in Singapore.

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IgnorLand of its Name

31 Aug - 08 Sep 2007


Production for Public

The first time Drama Box took audiences on a literal tour around Singapore in buses. Lost memories of Dragon Teeth Gate and Old Nanyang University Arch were uncovered in this journey through time.

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Drift - Shanghai Drama Arts Centre

01 - 10 Nov 2007


Int'l Collaboration & Exchange

A co-commissioned production by the Singapore Season in China 2007 and Singapore Arts Festival 2008 and co-produced by Drama Box and the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre.

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Trick or Threat!

12 - 16 Dec 2007


Production for Public

Trick Or Threat! Describes a MRT train travelling towards the north. The train stopped suddenly and 5 passengers of different races were trapped inside. One of them received an SMS stating that there were rumours that a bomb was found. Everybody panicked and suspicions aroused.

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2006

Forum Theatre on Problem Gambling

05 - 09 Apr 2006


Production for Public

Part of the community performance TOUR'06 series, the piece had the public joining in the dialogue by going onstage to enact their suggestions/solutions to problems surfaced in the play. This particular piece focused on issues with regards to problem gambling.

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A Stranger at Home

08 - 10 Jun 2006


Production for Public

Adapted and directed by Young Artist Award recipient (2000) Kok Heng Leun, it is based on an original play by National Youth Award winner and academic Dr Quah Sy Ren. It is similarly inspired by Dr Quah's book with playwright and Teacher of the Year 2005 Ng How Wee.

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Trash

31 Aug - 03 Sep 2006


Production for Public

A prequel to Shithole, Thrash is a thought-provoking and humourous look at what revolution means - ideology, power, greed and bloodshed.

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Forum Theatre - Soil

04 - 12 Nov 2006


Production for Public

A young Singaporean considered the world his home. A mother wanted her child by her side. A foreigner longed to feel at home in a foreign land. What is HOME to them?

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2005

Happy

05 - 15 May 2005


Production for Public

Adapted from Oscar Wilde's love letters, The Happy Prince and Salome, Happy explores the manipulations and emotional turmoil in the search for love and happiness.

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Happy
Shanghai Drama Arts Centre

08 - 09 May 2005


Int'l Collaboration & Exchange

Second performance as part of Shanghai Asia Arts Festival.

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Furnitur

25 - 28 Aug 2005


Production for Public

Fei has moved so many times in her life that she can't remember all the details of her houses and the people who lived in them.

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Double Bill:
Dua Dai Ji & Tomorrow

11 Nov 2005


Production for Public

A double bill performance as part of the Community performance series.

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2004

Liao Zhai

23 - 24 Jan 2004


Production for Public

Adapted from the famous Chinese collection of stories about ghosts and spirits. The play is set in today's global context and explores the prejudices faced by women, Muslims and foreign talents by comparing them with the spirits. Like the spirits, these groups have been shunned and looked down upon by the dominant group.

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Constant Constipation

Mar 2004


Production for Public

A black comedy. An urban fable. A friendship begins with 2 persons without knowing who each other really is - gender, age, appearance... A wedding photographer was given a mission by the 2 persons. One is to capture the past memories for one person and the other the future relationship for the other person.

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Shithole

Aug 2004


Production for Public

Based on a true story from a village in Indonesia, Shithole examines the consequences of our disregard for lost history and tradition. The satire grapples with issues of survival, delving into the core of human nature.

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2003

Searching for Spring II

23 - 24 Jan 2003


Production for Public

Comprising mask work, a short play and forum performance; this piece is a miniature performance in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. The forum theatre play depicts a Chinese man who brought his Malay girlfriend back home for dinner during the New Year and faced rejections from his mother.

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Cloud Nine

Mar 2003


Production for Public

Explores the lustful, perhaps bizarre, relationships amongst the members of a Chinese businessman's family in colonial and modern Singapore.

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SARS

08 - 11 May 2003


Production for Public

An interactive performance at community venues exploring how the community perceives SARS and relationships in the community after the outbreak of the disease.

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Prison

17 - 18 May 2003


Production for Public

A forum performance. Based on real-life stories created by inmates of Selarang Park drug rehabilitation centre that discusses the stress and problems faced by a previous drug addict when trying to quit drug.

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The vaginaLOGUE

Aug 2003


Production for Public

A re-run of the sold out season in year 2000. New elements and the use of mask work was added.

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2002

Beautiful Day

30 Jan - 03 Feb 2002


Production for Public

Two good friends, after going through an earthquake in Singapore and searching for Yamaguchi Momoe in Japan respectively, make some discoveries about themselves and their surroundings.

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Have You Beaten?

Apr 2002


Production for Public

A part of the Living Theatre Project, Have You Beaten? explores the issue of family violence and various relationships in a family. Also an interactive performance brought to community venues.

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White Songs

14 - 17 Jun 2002


Production for Public

Final presentation of The Blanc Space in Singapore Arts Festival 2002.

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Boner

24 - 28 Jul, 31 Jul - 04 Aug 2002


Production for Public

A delicious chamber performance about violence, memory, regret, love, suspense, murder and a tinge of tenderness.

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Spider & Tiger

Oct 2002


Production for Public

A funny yet disturbing revelation of hot topics such as retrenchment and inflation etc, at the time of the play.

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Fugitives

20 - 23 Nov 2002


Production for Public

An intimate study of the contemporary Singaporean nuclear family. Examines communication breakdowns, unspoken longings and love-hate relationships.

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Private Room

Dec 2002


Production for Public

Reflects problems that every family faces, like adolescent and elderly problems. Based on true stories and also a part of the Living Theatre Project 2002.

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2001

Family of Cross

17 - 21 Jan 2001


Production for Public

An exploratory and quirky improvised production that consisted of five short plays performed in Mandarin, English and dialects.

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Lian Can Cook

May 2001


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The company's first community production. Lian is celebrating her birthday and she's cooking a sumptuous dinner for her family. Along comes her out-of-job husband who abused and pushed her down the flat. Funny yet poignant, the play explores domestic violence and oppression through the style of street theatre.

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White Songs

26 - 28 Jul 2001


Production for Public

The first work-in-progress presentation by the participants of The Blanc Space, marking the culmination of nine months of theatrical training.

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Have You Eaten?

Nov 2001


Production for Public

The company's first interactive community production, about the issue of retrenchment and its aftermath.

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2000

Mr Beng - A Trilingual Musical

Jan 2000


Production for Public

A re-run of its sold-out premiere in the Singapore Arts Festival 1999.

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The vaginaLOGUE

05 - 18 Apr 2000


Production for Public

A one-woman monodrama based on research, interviews, storytelling and performance; about how women view the vagina as well as how society perceives it.

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The Rape

18 - 21 May 2000


Production for Public

A portrayal of the lifestyle of youth and pub culture through events that happened to a group of teenagers on a night out at a pub.

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Double Bill: Top of the World & Skin

14 - 17 Jul 2000


Production for Public

A double bill where one play is about the death of a pet dog that changed its owner's life and the other is about the need for human touch.

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Steel

09 - 11 Aug 2000


Production for Public

A one-man monologue about a person fighting against an opposing will in the form of technology, machines, the city and the state. Certain scenes are adapted by Kok Heng Leun based on actor Johnny Ng's real life experiences in Performing Arts School during the 1960s and 1970s.

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Invisibility

13 - 17 Sep 2000


Production for Public

A modern-day fable about the quest for the art of invisibility in urban society.

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News Theatre

25 - 29 Oct 2000


Production for Public

A tongue-in-cheek satire and parody of the happenings in a newsroom.

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1999

I Remember '99

28 - 31 Jan 1999


Production for Public

A 'play-within-a-play', about love, waiting and memories.

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Searching for Spring

Feb 1999


Production for Public

A small Lunar New Year presentation at Drama Box's studio theatre.

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Sour Relationship

13 - 23 May 1999


Production for Public

A monologue, and the first Mandarin play in Singapore to deal with the issue of women and women's bodies in a direct way.

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Mr Beng
A Musical Comedy

13 - 14 Jun 1999


Production for Public

A musical about a Mr Beng who learns independence and self-acceptance.

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Timeless Kitchen

02 - 19 Sep 1999


Production for Public

A double bill of Borrowed Time, adapted from Paul Monette's novel, which depicts a pair of homosexuals of whom one is facing imminent death, and the play touches on how the pair gets along and deals with such threat. Kitchen is adapted from Banana Yoshimoto's novel.

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Banana Blues

02 - 12 Dec 1999


Production for Public

A contemporary play about four characters' search for something elusive in their lives.

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1998

Hazy Love 97

25 - 28 Mar 1998


Production for Public

A commercialised, comedic play about the current events and political issues based on international landscape and Singapore social context in 1997.

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Leng-Geh-Mng

11 - 15 Nov 1998


Production for Public

Singapore's first full-length pugilistic production that parodied the stereotypical pugilistic movies.

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1997

I Do

31 Jul - 03 Aug 1997


Production for Public

Drama Box only production for the year that explores the relationship between men and women today through marriage.

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1996

Haruki's World

08 - 10 Mar 1996


Production for Public

Adapted from Japanese write, Haruki Murakami's third novel 《再度袭击面包店》、《国境之南、太阳之西》和《袋鼠通信》。

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A New Journey

17 - 18 May 1996


Production for Public

A fable on politics that describes how a small bird is being trapped by the officials. This play incorporates modern pop songs and is a highly commercialised performance by Drama Box.

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I Remember '99

20 - 24 Nov 1996


Production for Public

A love story based in the 1950s during political instability with the main plot and characters centered on the youths in the 1990s.

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1995

The Parrot Returns

17 - 18 Mar 1995


Production for Public

Drama Box's first attempt in creating a play with youths as the audience at the Youth Drama Exhibition. The play revolves around mythical creatures as the main characters of the play, and explores the issue of external culture influences on Singapore's society.

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Legend

May 1995


Production for Public

Under Shell's sponsorship, Drama Box produced a play targeted at the office workers during lunch hours at the central business district. The play talks about a couple who was in the midst of signing the separation letter and a story of reunion with their friends from the university.

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An Episode of Twelve Dames

05 - 07 Oct 1995


Production for Public

A collaboration with Radio Station 93.3; with one of it's station DJs as the performing cast.

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1994

Double Bill: Cetecea & We Are Family

13 - 15 May 1994


Production for Public

Through personification of whales, Cetecea is the dialogue between a whale and the human and explores the topics of friendships and homosexuality.

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1993

Double Bill: Pager & The Lizard in the Room

12 - 13 Jun 1993


Production for Public

Pager is Drama Box first collaboration with Singapore's experienced senior theatre practitioner, Han Lao Da. The play discusses the mental disturbance that today's technology bring to Singaporeans.

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Three Children

22 - 24 Nov 1993


Production for Public

Director Lim Jen Erh adapted Malaysian's playwright, Liao Pei Zhen english play into a multilingual performance (Mandarin, English and Malay) at the Asia's Performing Arts Festival.

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1992

小小羊儿要回家

09 Jun 1992


Production for Public

Drama Box's first production on national identity in the Fringe Festival.

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Another Tribe

21 - 23 Oct 1992


Production for Public

First production rated to be adult ratings in the Mandarin theatre scene, and is also Singapore's first play that touches on the topic of homosexuality. Considered to be Drama Box's debut production on marginalised and sensitive topics.

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1991

Double Bill: The Zoo Story & Singles

29 - 30 Apr 1991


Production for Public

Adapted from US's writer, Edward Albee's Zoo Story. This play is not only Drama Box's maiden production but is also her first translated product that explores the issue of alienation of the city dwellers.

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Yi Xin

20 - 22 Dec 1991


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Drama Box's first production that critics and reflects upon Singapore's society, which helped to lay down the direction of incorporating local social contexts in all its future productions of the company.

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