Preview: The Lesson by Drama Box
Having made its debut at the Singapore International Festival of Arts in 2015, Drama Box is bringing back their participatory theatre piece The Lesson this July for 3 weeks!
Drama Box is no stranger when it comes to using the arts to engage the public in discussions about the dynamics of space in land-scarce Singapore, and The Lesson continues riffing on similar themes. The show presents a scenario to audiences where a new MRT station is planned to be built in an imaginary housing estate, played out by a group of non-actors. But due to land constraints, an existing site must be demolished, asking difficult questions about what forces are really at work shaping our space, and if there even is enough space to share.
As such, the audience, as a group, must try and reach a consensus through discussions and the act of voting, about what to preserve and what to forgo in the name of development. Alongside the actual theatremaking, creator of The Lesson Li Xie will be facilitating a panel discussion offering additional insight on heritage, environment and urban planning.
As a piece of community theatre, Drama Box will be touring The Lesson around three major districts – Bugis, Toa Payoh and Hougang, after successful stagings in cities as far flung as Taiwan and Rotterdam. When it first premiered in 2015, it was lauded by local media as one of 2015’s productions of the year. In a performance without a script or actors, the power to influence the plot rests largely on the audience. This July, come stake your claim as you asked yourself how in times of uncertainty, how do we, as a community create something collectively, disagree respectfully and take care of one another, in space-constrained Singapore.
The Lesson runs on the following dates at specific venues:
5th – 8th July, 8pm, Open Space beside Tan Quee Lan Street (Bugis)
12th – 15th July, 8pm, Open Space before Blk 127 Toa Payoh Lor 1 (Market)
19th – 22nd July, 8pm, Open Space outside Hougang MRT Exit B (Beside Hougang Mall)\
The Lesson is free, but registration must be done here