Preview: Caught by Singapore Repertory Theatre
The Singapore Repertory Theatre has had its brushes with controversial fine art before, having staged Yasmina Reza’s Art at the National Gallery Singapore in 2016, but for their brand new, upcoming experience, they’re taking audiences on an intimate journey with a socially immersive theatrical performance, as they meet a celebrated artist in the Miaja Gallery.
Within a regime that smothers free speech and gives breath to fake news, one voice dared to speak truth to power. But, there are two sides to every story; and, when the stakes are survival, who’s to judge what’s fact, and what’s fiction? Anointed by The New Yorker as our generation’s most subversive performance artist, Lin Bo became an international media sensation after his escape from captivity.
In honour of his release, SRT commissioned Drama Desk award-winning director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar (best known for his immersive theatre work) to create an artsy evening, featuring an exclusively curated art exhibition with Miaja Gallery and Miaja Art Collections. Now a fugitive, Lin will travel to Singapore to give a mystery performance, using text created by OBIE award-winner Christopher Chen, in which he describes Lin’s work as: “The idea itself is the art.” Enter a labyrinth where reality and fantasy blend into an incisively funny, mind-bending, and compulsively addictive experience where “things are not as they first appear”.
Says SRT Managing Director Charlotte Nors: “The journey you take will be unlike anything you’ve experienced here before. CAUGHT is a wickedly funny, site-specific, immersive ride that addresses critical issues facing all of us today. Most of all, it’s a really fun night out.”
With only a limited time he’ll spend in Singapore, don’t miss this chance to join Lin Bo at Miaja Gallery and Miaja Art Collections to hear what it means to get caught from the man himself. Be sure to visit the gallery and bar when they open fifteen minutes before the official start time, so you can participate in bespoke tours of the art exhibition, meet new friends and prepare for an unforgettable night out as you prepare to be Caught!
Caught plays from 10th September 2019 at the Miaja Gallery, 9 Muthuraman Chetty Rd
APS Building, Singapore 238931. Tickets available from SRT