As far as site-specific works go, beaches are a rather unlikely space to host a theatrical performance. But with Desert Wine’s Comfort Theatre Series, the local theatre company is doing just that, with the premiere of Beach Burden Bliss at Punggol Beach this November.
Celebrating the Singapore Bicentennial with this production, Beach Burden Bliss invites audience members to visit Desert Wine’s comfy Beach Hut on the sand by the water, with a double bill of two original works by Playwright-Producer-Director Sharmila Melissa Yogalingam. In Burden, we hear the real life story of World War II survivor, Chan Cheng Yean, who survived the Sook Ching massacre that took place in 1942, when truckloads of Chinese men who were suspected of anti-Japanese activities were rounded up and mercilessly shot at 3 different beaches, including Punggol Beach.
Meanwhile, Bliss instead switches up the mood as a light hearted comedy about a family who waits for some overseas-based family members to come to dinner at a Punggol restaurant. However the expected visitors are late, and whilst waiting, the family unexpectedly reveals plenty of scandalous secrets about themselves.
Each inspired by real life and the unique setting of the beach, Beach Burden Bliss stars Rachna Anand, Sean Lai, Ahamed Ali Khan, M. Shankari, Uma Rai, Sandeep Singh, Sumana Mallick, Rajeswary Singh, Kevin Woo and Marshall Lim. Grab your sun hats and picnic baskets, and settle in for an evening of site-specific theatre in a most unique setting as Desert Wine Productions brings the arts to the beach this November.
Beach Burden Bliss plays on 16th November 2019 at Punggol Beach. Tickets available from SISTIC