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The Necessary Stage’s “Those Who Can’t, Teach”/faifai’s “Y O’Clock” by Ng Yi-Sheng
May 20, 2010, 11:49 pm
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Just a few notes before I hunker down and write my review of “Y O’Clock” for the Straits Times.

1. faifai is AWESOME.  Did you know its founder, Yoko Kitagawa, started it up when she was just 25 years old?  Her co-founder, Chiharu Shinoda, (also director of Y O’Clock”) was just 23 when they did it.  And they were reacting to the theatre scene around them, noting that there was pop music but no pop theatre.

Singapore’s arguably got pop theatre – everyone loves W!ld Rice and Dream Academy.  But why don’t we have any small young indie pop theatre groups, dammit?  Can some 20somethings go out there and do something experimental yet accessible and exciting and blow our minds already? Please???

Also, stay back after the show and you get  a chance to try the smoke cannon.

2. The Necessary Stage’s “Those Who Can’t, Teach”, which I saw last night, is also rather good – it’s just that it’s not in the same class as “Model Citizens”, the last play they did.

On the other hand, I love the swearing.  Yes yes yes, my boyfriend points out that it’s all contextualised, but you know a theatre company’s got guts when they’re asked to do a play to appeal to schoolkids and teachers and there’s the F-word, the C-word, the S-word and the CB-word all packed inside.

Felchin’ fantastic.  Watching “Gatz” and “Football, Football” tomorrow.  Let’s hope standards are sustained.

UPDATE: Due to popular demand, the Arts Festival is opening up the “Those Who Can’t, Teach” Friday 3pm matinee show for public sale – tickets are priced at $53 nett – available at the door at the Drama Centre tomorrow.

Ng Yi-Sheng

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Hi there, do you think this play will be appropriate for 13 yo kids? I’m planning to take a group of students to watch the production next year in March, trying to find out if that’s a good idea or not

Comment by quindarta

I think so! But you should be aware that there is some swearing involved — in the context of a teacher pointing out there are no swear words in a student-written play. 🙂

Comment by Ng Yi-Sheng




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