After the runaway success of Manifesto in 2016 to a sold out run, The Necessary Stage and Drama Box return for a second collaboration this May!


Following on from Manifesto, Underclass sees the two companies producing an all new multi-lingual work that takes a critical look at issues of social inequality and human dignity in Singapore. Written by Haresh Sharma and directed by Alvin Tan together with Kok Heng Leun, Underclass tells the story of Xinyi, a senior citizen who falls ill, and finds herself on a downward spiral after losing her job and then her flat. When she moves into a rental unit, she meets Johari, and the two strike up an unlikely friendship. In seeking to rise above their social predicament, they meet various other people who offer support of all forms. Will they be able to claw their way out with the help of these friends, entrepreneurs, civil servants and politicians?


Underclass will feature a stellar cast of both award-winning veteran and young artists, consisting of Brendon Fernandez, Goh Guat Kian, Siti Khalijah Zainal, Yazid Jalil and Yong Ser Pin. Underclass’ will also feature sound artist and The Necessary Stage freqeutn collaborator Bani Haykal, costume designs from local label MAX.TAN, lighting designer Petrina Dawn Tan, and set designer Vincent Lim. By the end of the play, The Necessary Stage and Drama Box will be sure to have you asking the most pertinent questions of all: whose responsibility is it anyway to help those who’ve fallen into the lower depths, or are they simply doomed to fall between the cracks, away from sight and our national narrative of prosperity and progress? There’s only one way to find out, as Underclass premieres this May.

Photo Credit: Crispian Chan

Underclass plays at the Necessary Stage Black Box from 16th May – 3rd June. Tickets available from SISTIC

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