In 2012, Michael Chiang’s Army Daze celebrated its 25th anniversary with a new production directed by Beatrice Chia-Richmond which received a sold-out run. Five years on, Chiang has decided that it’s time to update the now thirty year old script by writing an all new sequel: Army Daze 2.
Premiering in August 2017, the all-new play tracks down our original teenage heroes from Hotel Company Platoon 4 (1987) thirty years on as we catch a glimpse into how NS has changed their lives. Mummy’s boy Malcolm Png (Hossan Leong) is now an SAF regular and his own son is about to enter NS, leading him to reminisce about his own army days. Meanwhile, Teo Ah Beng (Joshua Lim) is now an ‘entrepreneur’, Johari Salleh (Saiful Amri) achieves his dream of running a fast-food chain serving ayam penyet, flamboyant and fabulous Kenny Pereira (Shane Mardjuki) has become an interior designer in high demand and former slacker Krishnamoorthi (Ebi Shankara) is now a successful architect. As the five meet up again, they’re haunted by the spectre of CPL Ong while sharing stories of the good old days, while Justin’s own BMT experience is explored with his BMT mates Donovan, Zai and Kuan Yew.
Tackling Michael Chiang’s new script will be Beatrice Chia-Richmond as director, who previously directed the 25th anniversary production of Army Daze in 2012. Army Daze 2 will also showcase original songs by Don Richmond. The cast isn’t to be sniffed at either, featuring a stellar line-up consisting local favourites Hossan Leong, Ebi Shankara, Joshua Lim, Shane Mardjuki, Chua Enlai, Audrey Luo, Jo Tan, Saiful Amri and Oon Shu An. Army Daze 2 will also introduce new talents Andre Chong, Tahir Ansari, Irsyad Dawood and Tay Hwan Haw, as well as the theatre debut of 16-year-old singing sensation Natalie Ong (X Factor, Australia), who will play the younger sets’ spunky love interest Renee. Together, they make up an all-star team that will surely recreate all the blood, sweat and emotions that come with the army onstage.
Army Daze 2 also happens to dovetail nicely with the celebration of NS50 this year, commemorating 50 years of servicemen and bringing an additional source of nostalgia and excitement for anyone who’s ever been through, or is about to enter NS. Set to be a new favourite comedy for 2017, Army Daze 2 will surely set the Drama Centre ablaze with laughs and smiles this August.
Recruits, fall in!
Army Daze 2 plays from 4-20 August at the Drama Centre Theatre. Tickets available from SISTIC