5 Choice Picks At the Singapore Theatre Festival

Immerse yourself in an evening of comedy, romance, history or culture - Singapore style.

Hotel
26 Apr 2016

Hotel

The big winner at yesterday's Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards, it scooped up trophies for Production Of The Year, Best Director (Ivan Heng and Glen Goei jointly won), Best Ensemble and Best Original Script. The epic two-part, five-hour play explores a nation's growth and identity though a series of sketches that set in the same hotel room over several decades. These are helmed by 13 actors - playing 40 different characters! - in nine languages. It was sold out when it premiered at the 2015 Singapore International Festival of the Arts. Don't miss it (again)! Stars  Ben Cutler, Brendon Fernandez, Ghafir Akbar, Sharda Harrison, Jo Kukathas, Dwayne Lau, Lim Kay Siu, Moo Siew Keh, Neo Swee Lin, Pam Oei, Siti Khalijah Zainal, Julie Wee and Yap Yi Kai.  Performed in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Malay, Tamil, Urdu, Tagalog and Japanese, with English subtitles.

Tickets at $80 and $100. Advisory: 16 and above (Some Mature Content)

Dates: 30 June - 24 July

Venue: The Singapore Airlines Theatre

Time: 3pm (weekends) and 8pm

 

Riders Know When It's Gonna Rain
26 Apr 2016

Riders Know When It's Gonna Rain

A coming-of-age story revolving around childhood friends Alep, Remy, Niza, this tale explores themes like the recklessness of youth, loyalty, rebellion and life's other struggles. Whe ntheir adventures take them on a detour, their bumpy ride through adulthood begins. Inspired by Singapore’s motorbiking community, it's an eye-opening look at youth living in the fast lane. Stars Nessa Anwar, Norisham Osman, Raimi Safari and Riduan Zalani. 
Performed in Malay and English, with English surtitles.

Tickets at $35.

Dates: 30 June - 3 July

Venue: Creative Cube

Time: 3pm (weekends) and 8pm

Grandmother Tongue
26 Apr 2016

Grandmother Tongue

As a  young man struggles to connect with his 84-year-old Teochew-speaking grandmother, he begins to truly understand what it means to be in linguistic and cultural exile. Funny and poignant, this play highlights the gradual loss of dialects in Singapore today, and how our identities are very much influenced by our mother tongues. Stars Jalyn Han, Tan Shou Chen and Rei Poh. Performed in Teochew and English, with English surtitles.

Tickets at $35.

Dates:  7 - 10  July

Venue: Creative Cube

Time: 3pm (weekends) and 8pm

GRC (Geng Rebut Cabinet)
26 Apr 2016

GRC (Geng Rebut Cabinet)

Presented by Teater Ekamatra, this comedy questions what it means to be a minority when a fictitious political party aims to field candidates for a five-member Group Representation Constituency. Stars Serene Chen,  Khairudin Samsudin, Dalifah Shahril, Farah Ong and Fir Rahman. Performed in Malay and English, with English surtitles.

Tickets at $40. Advisory: 16 and above (Mature Content).

Dates: 14 -24 July

Venue: Flexible Performance Space

Time: 3pm (weekends) and 8pm

My Mother Buys Condoms
26 Apr 2016

My Mother Buys Condoms

Yuu can't choose who you love... as seen in this sweet comedy about a retired school teacher and an aircon repairman find love in their twilight years when she decides to teach him how to read. As romance blossoms between the pair, their nearest and dearest start to question their behaviour and choices. Prepare to see sex and senior citizens in a whole new light! Stars Lok Meng Chue, Remesh Panicker, Elnie S. Mashari, Joshua Jonathan Lim and Seong Hui Xian.

Tickets at $40.

Dates: 14 - 24 July

Venue: Creative Cube

Time: 3pm (weekends) and 8pm

Since its inception 10 years ago, the Singapore Theatre Festival (STF) has gone from strength to strength. Helmed by local theatre company W!ld Rice, it aims to develop and present new writing for contemporary Singaporean works. To date, STF has presented 25 productions, including 17 world premieres. Here's a preview of our top picks for the year. To get your tickets, click here, or  here to find out more.

Photos: W!ld Rice

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