M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2020: .gif's live concept album and other top local productions to catch
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M1 Singapore Fringe Festival will be celebrating its 16th year in 2020. It's going to be particularly bitter-sweet as it will mark the last instalment of themes that are inspired by iconic works of Singaporean artists as well as the festival's final edition under the artistic directorship of Sean Tobin.
Based on the theme "My Country and My People" after Lee Tzu Pheng's poem, the upcoming edition in January will present a fascinating line-up of works by Singaporean and international atists incuding several world premieres. We've rounded up the hottest shows to catch below.
Directed and written by The Necessary Stage's Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma respectively, Kebaya Homies stars theatre queens Aidli Mosbit and Siti Khalijah Zainal. Watch them joget their way through the rich textures of Malay history and culture in their custom-made elegant kebayas.
Contemplating Kopitiam and Kampong Wa' Hassan
Co-presented with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Contemplating Kopitiam and Kampong Wa' Hassan will uncover Singaporean sentiments and reflect on our nation-building journey. Director Oliver Chong has cross-referenced verbatim texts from interviews with a cast of NAFA theatre students with texts from two seminal plays by Singaporean playwrights Kuo Pao Kun and Alfian Sa'at.
Secretive Thing 215
The first rule about Secretive Thing 215 is that you do not talk about Secretive Thing 215. What we do know so far is that it'll be a single-person experience that meander though unlikely locations. In the past, these venues have included an aluminium warehouse and love hotel rooms.
The Shadow Curriculum
The Shadow Curriculum stars theatre newcomer Jelaine Ng as Alice Soo, the academically brilliant daughter of Alan Soo, a popular peak-performance speaker who runs classes that promise to transform poorly performing students into successes. There's obvious reference to Adam Khoo (who recently draw criticism for some sexist comments) in this playful satire of our education system.
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