Preview Guide

Go bold with the Man Singapore Theatre Festival

By Ninart LuiEvents - 18 July 2011 11:59 AM | Updated 26 July 2011

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Having had their government funding slashed by $150,000, fans of local theatre company W!ld Rice surely heaved a sigh of relief to know that they had managed to reel in a heavyweight sponsor in the form of Man Investments, the name behind the prestigious Man Booker Prize and Man Asian Literary Prize.

What does this mean for the rest of us? Well, back for its third installment, the Man Singapore Theatre Festival manages to retain its esteemed image in local theatre circles as bringing in some of the most bold, ambitious and though-provoking plays made in Singapore.

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Exploring universally intimate yet controversial topics involving politics, race, religion, sex and love, the festival also manages to push the envelope with its acute insights into the most current and pertinent issues of the day.

Ivan Heng in the Weight of Silk on Skin

Featuring three world premieres of the best of local theatre talent, the Festival presents Alfian Sa’at’s Cooling Off Day, a timely reflection of this year’s electrifying General Elections, the production gives a voice to the private thoughts of voters and candidates alike (Find out how you can WIN! tickets to watch this can’t-miss premiere).

Festival director Ivan Heng himself stars in Huzir Sulaiman’s The Weight of Silk on Skin, an intimate and moving (yet cheeky) reflection on the nature of love and loss. To round up the trio, Family Outingby first-time playwright Joel Tan tests the limits of unconditional love within a family that is instantly recognizable and dysfunctional.

Alfian Sa'at's Nadirah

Featuring some of the most experienced directors working in Singapore today including Glen Goei, Claire Wong, Ivan Heng and Zizi Azah Abdul Majid, the festival also showcases the best of local actors and actresses including Siti Khalijah Zainal, Jo Kukathas, Lim Kay Siu, Neo Swee Lin, Karen Tan, Tan Kheng Hua, Rodney Oliveiro and Najib Soiman.

The festival’s new “ENCORE” session will feature Chong Tze Chien’s Charged and Alfian Sa’at’s Nadirah respectively, in hope that these productions will reach a larger audience this time round. Other highlights include This is Home?, a series of workshops followed by a participative performance, The Festival Club, as well as the return of the popular The Art and Life sessions.


The Man Singapore Theatre Festival 2011 is running from Aug 3-21, at the Drama Centre, National Library Building. For more information, please visit

InSing readers also get a special 10% discount on all Man Singapore Theatre Festival tickets via the phone, online or at an outlet. Just quote the Password: [email protected] Discount applicable from Jul 14 to Aug 21 through SISTIC authorised agents and SISTIC hotline (not available through the SISTIC website).