THE SECOND BREAKFAST COMPANY FOR CENTRE 42'S LATE NIGHT TEXTING AS PART OF SINGAPORE NIGHT FESTIVAL 2018
25th August 2018
Centre 42 Black Box
Directed by: Adeeb Fazah, Artistic Director and co-founder of The Second Breakfast Company
Performed by Jaisilan Sathiasilan, Kenneth Chia, Mark Benedict Cheong, Nur Hasyimah bte Hassan, and Shannen Tan
What does it mean to love and be in love in Singapore? Have our ideas of love changed over time? “Lovebites” explores the love between friends, within the family, and between lovers as portrayed in four pairs of excerpts from Singaporean plays. In each set, one excerpt is from a play written before 2005, and the other, after 2005.
This programme has been rated Advisory 16 (Some Mature Content and Coarse Language)
Set 1: The Love Behind Friends
- This Chord & Others (1991) by Haresh Sharma and Normal (2015) by Faith Ng
Set 2: The Love Between Lovers
- Mimi Fan (1992) by Lim Chor Pee and Mosaic (2015) by Joel Tan
Set 3: The Love In the Family
- Round and Round the Dining Table (1988) by Ovidia Yu and The Wedding Pig by Chelsea Cheo (2017)
Set 4: Audience Choice
Contemporary plays covered included Faith Ng’s Normal and Joel Tan’s Mosaic, both of which featured actress Shannen Tan whose surprisingly layered performances captured the rough-hewn exterior of her ‘ah lian’ characters, but also possessed a hint of vulnerability and softness lying underneath.