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Next Stage: 10 Years of Esplanade’s The Studios

By Patrick BenjaminEvents - 11 April 2013 10:38 AM | Updated 11:08 AM

Next Stage: 10 Years of Esplanade’s The Studios

A regular fixture since the Esplanade’s inception a decade ago, The Studios is synonymous for its intimate, edgy, thought provoking and experimental theater fare.

From 11 April to 27 July, you will be treated to a bumper crop of nine homegrown productions based on the theme, "Future//Past: A season of re-stagings and recollections".

Connected by the tenuous thread of time and exploring the notions of memory and history, these productions comprise new acts, fresh takes on critically acclaimed plays and the re-staging of successful ones, which include the likes of ‘The Book of Living & Dying’ and ‘Curry Tales’.

Covering the gamut from a Technicolor madcap adventure to an introspective, minimalist work investigating the nuances of artistic creation, there is something for every theatergoer. With seven ticketed shows and two non-ticketed ones, we pick four acts that you should not miss in the upcoming season of The Studios.

 

One Day In This Place

What can you expect: A cheekily effervescent play based on the daily grind in a thriving, densely populated city teeming with a retinue of diverse characters. Performed by a cast of 10 emerging artists who have been under the tutelage of Cake Theatrical Productions for the past year, this collaborative piece promises to be a quintessential visual feast for all theatre aficionados.   

Who should go: If you are into bold, experimental plays, this should be a must-watch show on your agenda.

11-13 April | 8pm | Esplanade Theatre Studio | Tickets $25 from Sistic

 

Curry Tales
Curry Tales

Curry Tales

What can you expect: After an 18-year hiatus, ‘Ra Ra Show’ alumni Rani Moorthy finally lights up the local stage with a solo play. Employing the conventions of South Indian Kutthu theatre, which breaks the divide between audience and performer, Rani Moorthy dives into the lives of six different characters while literally cooking up a storm on stage. Now, that’s what you call multi-tasking.    

Who should go:  An unabashed foodie with a penchant for spicy curries and a dash of arty drama, it would be wise to grab your tickets now.

13-16 June | Thu-Sun, 8pm; Sat, 3pm | Esplanade Theatre Studio | Tickets: $25 from Sistic

 

The Book Of Living & Dying
The Book Of Living & Dying

The Book Of Living & Dying

What can you expect: The Finger Players and Theatri Sbagliati (Italy) collaborate on this hauntingly poignant work which unveils the intricacies of reincarnation and karma in the life of a dying transvestite who tries to rekindle ties with his adopted daughter. Combining a meticulously detailed set and an elegiac score, this emotionally charged drama was the hottest selling show in last year’s Singapore Art Festival.

Who should go: If you like your theatre leaning towards raw, introspectively cerebral fare, you have to snag some coveted front row tickets for this performance.

4-7 July | Thu-Sat, 8pm; Sat-Sun, 3pm | Esplanade Theatre Studio | Tickets $25 from Sistic

 

In The Curve Of The Wanton Sea
In The Curve Of The Wanton Sea

In The Curve Of The Wanton Sea

What can you expect: With a moniker as fearsome as The Seven-Headed Dragon, this three-year-old local arts super group finally roars on stage with a multi-disciplinary performance which meditates on the unfamiliar and rarely heard narratives of Singapore’s history. Be enthralled as they weave the underlying societal tensions such as longing, leaving, security and restlessness into an intriguing theatrical performance that lays asunder the selective amnesiac consciousness in our nationhood voyage. 

Who should go: If you have always been curious about what really makes Singapore a nation and the alternate viewpoints that history hardly gives a mention to, pencil in this play in your busy schedule. 

25-27 July | Thu-Sat, 8pm; Sat, 3pm | Esplanade Theatre Studio | Tickets: $25 from Sistic