If you loved W!ld Rice’s Monkey Goes West as much as us, there’s good news in store.

The play has received a whopping six nominations in this year’s Life! Theatre Awards hosted by Singapore English daily broadsheet The Straits Times in partnership with new title sponsor M1.

The play garnered the top Production of the Year nomination and director Sebastian Tan earned a Best Director nod. Sugie Phua and PS Salutes 2015 winner Siti Khalijah both attained actor and supporting actress nods respectively.

Four additional nominations for The House of Bernarda Alba make theatre company W!ld Rice the most decorated nominee, with ten nominations.

Pangedmonium is not far behind, with eight nominations spread over three plays: The Rise & Fall of Little Voice (Mina Kaye is nominated for Best Actress), Fat Pig (Tracie Pang gets a director nod) and Frozen.

In a previous interview with Popspoken, Best Actor nominee Adrian Pang attests to the edgy spirit of Pangdemonium:

“I dare say we have been cultivating a growing audience who are ready and hungry to go to the theatre to be provoked.”

Adrian won last year’s Best Actor category for his role in Rabbit Hole.

Other nominees include five-time nominee Art (Nine Years Theatre) and three-time nominees Ten Thousand Tigers (Esplanade’s The Studios) and Dark Room x8 (Esplanade’s RAW series).


In a sign of actors getting recognition for backstage work, actress Oon Shu An receives her first scriptwriting nomination for one-woman production #UnicornMoment while actor Lim Yu-Beng received a nod for lighting design. Ivan Heng also got a nomination in costume design.

Actress Pam Oei will host the invite-only awards show on April 20 at Esplanade Recital Studio.

Full nominations list:

Production of the Year
Nine Years Theatre
Monkey Goes West
Wild Rice
The Rise & Fall Of Little Voice

Best Director
Sebastian Tan
Monkey Goes West
Nelson Chia
Tracie Pang
Fat Pig
Edith Podesta
Dark Room x8

Best Actor
Adrian Pang
Peter Sau
Oliver Chong
Sugie Phua
Monkey Goes West

Best Actress
Mina Kaye
The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice
Lydia Look
The Way We Go
Frances Lee
Fat Pig

Best Ensemble
Dark Room x8
Esplanade’s RAW series
Drama Box
Poor Thing
The Necessary Stage

Best Original Script
Edith Podesta
Dark Room x8
Oon Shu An
Liu Xiaoyi
Haresh Sharma
Poor Thing

Best Supporting Actor
Zachary Ibrahim
Fat Pig
Remesh Panicker
The Merchant of Venice
Erwin Shah Ismail
The Ant & The Grasshopper

Best Supporting Actress
Jo Kukathas
The House Of Bernada Alba
Elizabeth Lazan
Fat Pig
Siti Khalijah
Monkey Goes West

Best Set Design
Eucien Chia
The Rise & Fall Of Little Voice
Ho Tzu Nyen, Andy Lim and Jed Lim
Ten Thousand Tigers
Wong Chee Wai
The House Of Bernada Alba

Best Lighting Design
Andy Lim
Ten Thousand Tigers
James Tan
Lim Yu-Beng
The House Of Bernada Alba

Best Sound Design or Original Score
Darren Ng
Bani Haykal and Namita Mehta
Elaine Chan and Bang Wenfu
Monkey Goes West
Jeffrey Yue, Yasuhiro Morinaga and Bani Haykal
Ten Thousand Tigers

Best Costume Design
Ivan Heng
The House Of Bernada Alba
Tube Gallery by Phisit & Saxit
Monkey Goes West
Yang Derong

Adrian Pang photo: Angela Low for Popspoken
Oon Shu An photo: Oon Shu An via Facebook