Singapore Arts Festival Blog

Remembering the National Theatre, 20 Nov 2010, 6-11pm by Ng Yi-Sheng
November 15, 2010, 4:12 am
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Okay, the official title of this event is “Picnic under the stars”, but I figure this sums it up better.  The theme of the 2011 festival is “I want to remember”, so they’re looking back at our memories of old performing spaces.  Here’s the brief:
Officially opened in 1968, the National Theatre was built as a cultural symbol to commemorate Singapore’s attainment of self government. Fondly known as the “People’s Theatre”, it was a significant landmark for Singaporeans to congregate. Due to structural reasons, the National Theatre was demolished in 1986.

As we remember the old performing spaces in Singapore, this event will see the People’s Theatre come “alive” again! Have fun communing with like-minded people and catch a series of film screenings which include short films by local director, Royston Tan.

For the picnic, artists and the public are invited to share their memories of performances and experiences of the National Theatre through a song, dance or story.
Date: 20 November 2010
Time: 6 – 11 pm
Venue: Former National Theatre Site (Open field along River Valley Road)

Free Admission!

What’s more:

  • The first 300 participants to register online will receive a goodie bag!
  • Special picnic baskets will be given away to to the first 20 persons who share their personal stories and and memories of the performing space at the event.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and subject to availability.
  • 300 goodie bags will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis upon registration. One registration entry will be entitled to only one goodie bag.
    ·  Only the selected 20 participants (by National Arts Council, NAC) sharing their stories of National Theatre at the event will receive the special picnic baskets.



I like the sound of this. by Ng Yi-Sheng
November 2, 2010, 1:51 pm
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Singapore Arts Festival 2011 (June 2011)

The Singapore Arts Festival will present “Conference of the Birds”, written by Jean-Claude and Peter Brook, as originally directed by William Teo and realized by Jeremiah Choy.

This production will commemorate the 10th anniversary of William’s untimely demise and also the 20th anniversary of the Production.

Calling all performers who have worked with William who may be interested in working in this project, that will showcase William’s artistic vision and aesthetic direction. Please write us detailing which production you have worked with William at, what time commitment you can spare for this production and how you would like to be involved. No audition is required. We will cast according to availability and suitability. We will contact you in due course.

All performers will be paid a fee to be mutually agreed upon, depending on role and rehearsal hours.

Expected rehearsal period: May- June 2011
Technical / Dress rehearsals: 1-3 June 2011
Performances: 4 & 5 Jun 2011

For enquiries, please call Jean at +65 97544659. (Strictly for performers who have worked with William Teo before.)