4 Dec 2020: This is the little HDB estate that could. It started in 1979 with nothing much but a lone block – Block 101 – and a single main road leading out to civilization. From there grew a bustling, close-knit neighbourhood with a distinctive old-school charm. People come from all corners of the island … Continue reading Jalan Jalan: Chong Pang
4 Dec 2020: In some ways, Ang Mo Kio encapsulates the Singapore story. Once a densely covered swamp, the area became home to a few villages and rubber plantations towards the end of the 18th century, before the government established Ang Mo Kio New Town in the 1970s. Today, the neighbourhood precinct bustles with several … Continue reading Jalan Jalan: Ang Mo Kio
11 Jan 2019: Sitting across from me at the café outside the National Library, Nabilah Said is relaxed, confident, and slightly giddy from the excitement and exhaustion of back-to-back rehearsals. “Rehearsals are great! They have been sooooo fun!” she gushes. “It’s funny because I’m sure this kind of ‘I love rehearsals!’ feeling is something that everyone else … Continue reading Centre 42: A Definitive, Alternative, Reclaimed Narrative of Nabilah Said
5 Apr 2019: The past five years have been exciting for us here at Centre 42. Since we opened our doors in April 2014, we have been home to more than 150 artists and theatre collectives, and supported the development of over 170 new theatrical projects. But as we strive to do even more for … Continue reading Centre 42: Seeding Clouds
28 Sep 2018: “I’ve been getting goosebumps a lot,” says Soultari Amin Farid, the co-artistic director of young theatre group Bhumi Collective. For the past four months, he and his team have been developing a new work called Sau(dara), which will be presented under Centre 42’s Vault programme on 5 and 6 October 2018. It is … Continue reading Centre 42: Creative Coincidences
10 Jan 2018: Rehearsal rooms are typically patriarchal, according to Rei Poh and Zee Wong. The director, playwright, or producer is the king who sets the rules, and everyone else are the followers who carry out the instructions given to them. This may be the conventional way of getting the job done, but the pair … Continue reading Centre 42: Who Run the World?
12 Oct 2017: In the blink of an eye, we’re about to enter the fifth edition of Citizens’ Reviews. The programme invites aspiring theatre critics to embark on a one-year journey where they’re given tickets to watch shows, write about their experiences, and have their reviews edited and published on Centre 42’s website. It was … Continue reading Centre 42: The Critical Condition
14 Jul 2017: Over the last few months, local theatre practitioner Peter Sau and his team have been using Centre 42’s Meeting Room as a safe space to get to know individuals with lived experience of disability. So far, they have met and interviewed 20 people from the Deaf and disabled communities and will be … Continue reading Centre 42: Different, But Same Same
21 Apr 2017: Nelson Chia is a busy man. Just last month, Nine Years Theatre’s production of Fundamentally Happy – Haresh Sharma’s 2006 English-language play – hit the stage as part of the Esplanade’s The Studios 2017 season. It’s the first time the piece had been performed in Mandarin, and Nelson was responsible for both translating and … Continue reading Centre 42: No Rest for the Wicked
11 Jan 2017: This January, with three important art events in Singapore, it’s a great time to think about buying art. “Nowadays, we have economic crises worldwide,” declares Art Stage Singapore founder and director Lorenzo Rudolf. “It probably would be a good time to invest in art.” That may be a general statement, but for Singapore denizens, … Continue reading The Peak: Should you start buying art for investment or collection?