Singapore’s renowned theater company, Wild Rice, is set to kick off its 2024 season with a triumphant trio of thought-provoking and entertaining shows.
The lineup promises to engage audiences with diverse themes, sharp wit, and stellar performances, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience. Here’s a sneak peek into the three must-see productions that will grace the stage at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre at Wild Rice which can seat 358 guests.
“The Death of Singapore Theatre“
An Exploration of Censorship and Artistic Freedom, from 14 to 30 March 2024
Playwright Alfian Sa’at takes center stage with “The Death of Singapore Theatre,” a bold and thought-provoking exploration of the history of censorship in Singaporean theatre. The script ingeniously navigates the implicit dialogue between playwrights and the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA).
Sa’at’s darkly hilarious work traces the evolution of censorship from colonial times to the present, revealing how moral panic, culture wars, and political elites have shaped the Singaporean censorship landscape. Directed by Irfan Kasban, this performance-lecture promises to be an intimate and insightful journey into the world of artistic expression and regulation.
“Tartuffe: The Imposter”
A Modern Twist on Molière’s Satirical Masterpiece, from 4 April 2024
Joel Tan brings Molière’s iconic 1664 classic satire to life in “Tartuffe: The Imposter.” A razor-sharp modern adaptation, the play delves into themes of hypocrisy and moral outrage. Following a sold-out premiere in 2022, this production, directed by Glen Goei, remains trenchantly relevant in today’s world filled with scam artists and false prophets.
With a funny script and incisive direction, the play is a classic satire on religious hypocrisy. Led by a stellar ensemble cast including Ivan Heng and Benjamin Chow, this promises to be a hilarious and thought-provoking experience.
“National Day Charade”
An Irreverent Satire and Love Letter to Singapore, from 11 to 27 July 2024
Award-winning playwright and director Thomas Lim takes the stage with “National Day Charade.” This irreverent satire serves as a love letter to Singapore, offering a fresh perspective on the country’s National Day celebrations.
Lim invites audiences to re-imagine how they commemorate this historic day, promising laughter, introspection, and conversations about the complexities of our relationship with the nation. With a stellar cast, including Shane Mardjuki and Krish Natarajan, “National Day Charade” is poised to be a unique celebration of Singaporean identity.
Get your tickets early and embark on a journey of laughter, contemplation, and artistic brilliance with Wild Rice. Group discounts are also available for those looking to enjoy these performances with friends and family.