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Man Singapore Theatre Festival 2011

July 24, 2011
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The Man Singapore Theatre Festival 2011 will take place from 3rd to 21st August at the Drama Centre.

This is the third installment of the Singapore Theatre Festival, which is staged by W!ld Rice.

We at Buttons in the Bread are very grateful to W!ld Rice for their kind offer of a Media Pass to this anticipated event, and we look forward to being able to cover it in the next few weeks.

The festival’s 6 productions are as follows:

The Weight of Silk On Skin

Family Outing

Cooling Off Day

Charged

Nadirah

This is Home?

I am particularly looking forward to watching “Charged”, the racially-charged play featuring the winner of Best Script (by Chong Tze Chien) at this year’s Life! Theatre Awards.

I unfortunately missed its initial staging last year, so I am very much looking forward to catching the restaging.

“Family Outing” is also an interesting one, as it is the first full-length play by young playwright Joel Tan.

“Cooling Off Day” is, of course, poignant because it tackles what was very likely the biggest event in the Singapore social landscape this year – the 2011 General Elections.

It is unique in the sense that “Cooling Off Day” seems to be a play pieced together via the accounts of actual views of Singaporeans from all walks of life on the General Elections.

Lastly, “The Weight of Silk On Skin” stars the inimitable Ivan Heng in what seems to be yet another solo effort on a script by Huzir Sulaiman, and directed by Claire Wong.

One must applaud Ivan Heng and his team at W!ld Rice for taking the effort to promote new local theatrical works, and to bring these works – some brand new, some previously staged before – to a larger audience.

I think this is beneficial to the state of local theatre.

The Man Singapore Theatre Festival is a theatre festival not to be missed.

Lovers of local theatre, or theatre in general, would be advised to catch at least one, if not a few of these intriguing works.

(All tickets available from SISTIC.)

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