Tinged with a little controversy (as all good Fringe festivals should be), the 2017 M1 Singapore Fringe Festival starts off the year with a bang, offering some truly odd, unusual and amazing art from Singapore and all around the world. Taking place over two weeks from 4-15 January 2017, here’s our preview of the first week’s activities to give you an idea of what to expect!
Labels by Worklight Theatre (4-5 Jan)
Hailing from the UK, Worklight Theatre’s show Labels tells a true story about performer Joe Sellman-Leava’s difficult childhood growing up in rural England in the 90s as a child of mixed race and cultures and facing the fear and words thrust upon him. Having won multiple awards, Labels will leave you spellbound with its sincere response to some of the tough questions and realities of life.
Labels plays at the Esplanade Studio Theatre from 4-5 January. Tickets are sold out.
Foreign Bodies by Skin in SIN (R18, TBC)
Foreign Bodies sees the creation of an all-star, all progressive and all gender and all bodied burlesque troupe, exploring what it means to have the ‘new normal’ in our future 6.9 million population strong Singapore. The project is being mentored and produced by the fabulous Eugene Tan and Boston’s Madge of Honor (Foreign Talent, not expat), and consists queens who have lived some form of expat experience overseas or as a foreigner in Singapore themselves, and will attempt to answer how we can possibly accommodate each other’s differences in the years to come. The team promises that clothes will come off, so expect a wild and colourful ride!
Foreign Bodies plays at the Esplanade Recital Studio from 5-7 January. Tickets available from SISTIC
Si Ti Kay by Akulah BIMBO SAKTI
Founded by theatre practitioner Noor Effendy Ibrahim and having already made the rounds in Singapore and Bangkok, Akulah Bimbo Sakti’s Si Ti Kay is a revisitation of an old physical theatre performance, entering a familiar yet strange world that will force audience members to rethink the sexual and political tensions of the domestic realm. Are we witnesses or voyeurs to these rituals?
Si Ti Kay plays at the Centre 42 Black Box from 4-6 January. Tickets available from SISTIC
Fight! Palast #MembersOnly by Peng! Palast
Inspired by Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, Peng! Palast’s latest piece riffs on Generation Y’s liberal use of hashtags, and aims to expose and comprehend the mundane and often rage inducing modern lives we lead from terrible paying side jobs and itty bitty living space. The performance will also include a workshop segment, which is still very much under wraps, but we’re guessing you’ll get to vent your own urban rage in some way during the show, liberating us from the repression of societal rules.
Fight! Palast #MembersOnly plays at the Esplanade Theatre Studio from 6-7 January. Tickets available from SISTIC
We’ll be rounding off our previews of the 2017 M1 Singapore Fringe Festival soon, keep your eyes peeled for our preview of week 2 of the Fringe Fest!