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Preview: Because I Love You – Theatreworks’ 2018 Season


Following exhibiting Zai Kuning’s epic Dapunta Hyang and touring Trojan Women internationally, Theatreworks’ 2018 theatre season begins proper again this July at their home in 72-13, Mohammed Sultan Road. This year, they’ve themed their season ‘Because I Love You’, and present two brand new plays diving in to the heart of relationships and love. Is love enough? How do you love someone who is far away, or who has betrayed your agreement? When does love begin, end, and what happens in between it all? Read on for a little insight into the premieres of Shen Tan’s 13.13.13 and Joël Pommerat’s The Reunification of the Two Koreas:

Having dabbled in various fields, from sound design to direction, technical direction to film audio engineer, after winning the 2014 Theatreworks 24-hour playwriting competition in 2014 for the play Balik Kampong, Shen Tan has since used the time and opportunity to develop her 2011 script 13.13.13 under mentorship of Tony Perez, and is now ready for the stage at last this July.

Written in loving memory of  her university professor Stephen Gerald, 13.13.13 follows the tale of couple William and Samantha. William doesn’t want marriage and Sam doesn’t want kids, and that seems perfect. On the flipside, Lynn, William’s ex-girlfriend and now oldest best friend, desperately wants to marry and have children, but cannot. Wanting to help his best friend out, William does what he believes is reasonable and best to help his oldest friend with what she wants.

Directed by Tan Shou Chen and starring Sharda Harrison, Thomas Pang, Jo Tan and Chanel Ariel Chan, watch as this original play unravels when a couple living in un-married bliss are forced to confront the things left unsaid as their tenuous bonds begin to come apart at the touch of a betrayal. Will William and Samantha’s relationship survive the impact?

13.13.13 plays at 72-13 from 19th July – 4th August 2018. Tickets available from SISTIC

Partnering up with Centre Dramatique National de Tours (CDNT), Theatreworks presents the English language production of multiple Molière award-winning French theatremaker Joël Pommerat’s The Reunification Of The Two Koreas. Translated by Marc Goldberg, the play makes its Singapore premiere this November, before it tours to France in Tours and Paris.

Comprising of twenty short scenes, the brand new work explores what exactly is it that human relationships made of? Watch as each scene challenges the stability of a relationship, forcing its members to question its worth and the case for maintaining it. A woman seeks a divorce from a loveless relationship, a woman finds out her fiancé had an affair with each of her four sisters, a prostitute bargains down her services to hook a client and two best friends engage in a savage fight when one recalls their first encounter.

The Reunification Of The Two Koreas will be directed by CDNT Artistic Director Jacques Vincey, feature a team of French and Singapore designers, and performed by an ensemble cast comprising Cynthia Lee Macquarrie, Ebi Shankara, Karen Tan, Janice Koh, Noorlinah Mohamed, Pavan J Singh, Tan Shou Chen, Timothy Nga, Zelda Tatiana Ng. Attempting to explore the elements making up our human bonds, that which makes us love, hate, help, betray, care, flee, fight, abuse and lie, watch as the performance draws us into a maze of human relations as primal and quixotic as the reunification of the two Koreas.

The Reunification Of The Two Koreas plays at 72-13 from 1st – 10th November 2018. Tickets available from SISTIC

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