The Orange Playground Showcase 1

by The Necessary Stage
Fri 27 February 2015, 7.30pm – 10pm
Sat 28 February 2015, 7.30pm – 10pm
Sun 1 March 2015, 3pm – 5.30pm

Free admission with registration at topshowcase.peatix.com


In 2014, The Necessary Stage launched The Orange Playground (TOP), a creative research and development programme for emerging and established artists. A total of five TOP Lab sessions were held, involving 36 artists going through more than 200 hours of intensive research and exploration. From 27 Feb – 1 Mar, 2015, we are proud to present TOP Showcase 1 where artists will share their works with the audience for discussion and feedback.

Presentation on Fri 27 Feb, 7.30pm – 10pm

As a ‘global nomad’, Sharon Frese is no stranger to making homes in foreign places. By deconstructing and reassembling traditional modes of storytelling, Sharon stitches together a brutally honest narrative marked by hostility, reductive stereotypes and a prevalent sense of homelessness—even in her birth country. Sharon's story asks important questions about identity: what is it about when one is living in a borderless world?

Participating artist: Sharon Frese
Led by: Alvin Tan

Presentation on Sun 1 Mar, 3pm – 5.30pm

Acclaimed actors Aidli ‘Alin’ Mosbit and Siti Khalijah Zainal challenge themselves to reimagine and rediscover new models of character creation and performance. Reviving theirs characters in past works of The Necessary Stage, free play takes centrestage in this Lab where no-holds-barred comedy gives way to sobering commentaries.

Participating artists: Aidli ‘Alin’ Mosbit, Siti Khalijah Zainal & Yusri ‘Shaggy’ Sapari
Led by: Alvin Tan

Presentation on Fri 27 Feb, 7.30pm – 10pm & Sat 28 Feb, 7.30 – 10pm

Mentored by award-winning multimedia artist Brian Gothong Tan, Sean Harrison and Yusri ‘Shaggy’ Sapari breach their comfort zones with filmmaking. Sean and Shaggy manipulate different techniques, theories and schools of thought in the art of visceral visual storytelling on the theatrical stage.

Mentor: Brian Gothong Tan
Participating artists: Sean Harrison & Yusri ‘Shaggy’ Sapari

Presentation on Fri 27 Feb, 7.30pm – 10pm, Sat 28 Feb, 7.30pm – 10pm & Sun 1 Mar, 3pm – 5.30pm

18 artists scrutinise issues pertaining to censorship, education and revolution, by way of The Necessary Stage’s signature devising methodology comprising research, character development, presentation and evaluation.

Participating artists: Andrew David Sutherland, Andy Yew, Amanda Tee, Bright Ong, Chery Yang, Ethel Yap, Matthew Fam, Kaykay Nizam, Natalina Pereira, Noel Ng, Rahul Ghai, Rytasha Rathore, Seong Hui Xuan, Sheril Isnandar, Sonia Kwek, Lian Sutton & Thong Pei Qin
Led by: Haresh Sharma & Alvin Tan

Presentation on Sat 28 Feb, 7.30pm – 10pm & Sun 1 Mar, 3pm – 5.30pm

The artists are upset. What is the root cause of their discontent? Are they troubled by a mere symptom warning of a larger affliction? 10 artists form an aquarium of characters embodying their disturbed realities. What happens when their worlds collide?

Participating artists: Daphne Ong, Ellison Tan, Eng Kai Er, Eugene Tan, Faizal Abdullah, Jasmine Koh, Josephine Tan, Beverly Yuen, Mish’aal & Zelda Tatiana Ng
Led by: Alvin Tan

Created by Artistic Director Alvin Tan, The Orange Playground (TOP) is The Necessary Stage’s newest initiative in creative research and development. We seek to collaborate with artists in an exploratory environment where risks can be freely taken within and with the creative process. TOP will provide opportunities for free, ad-hoc collaborative “jamming” and play with emerging and established talents.

To join our mailing list, contact Edlyn Ng at tel: 6440 8115 or e-mail: edlyn@necessary.org.
Event Timeline
Feb 27 - Mar 2, 2015
[ Fri ] - [ Mon ]
7:30 PM - 5:30 PM SGT
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Fri 27 Feb 2015, 7.30pm - 10pm
Sat 28 Feb 2015, 7.30pm - 10pm
Sun 1 Mar 2015, 3pm - 5pm
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