Leading Singaporean theatre company W!ld Rice has announced its plans to launch WILD@Home On Demand – a new programme to bring the best of Singapore theatre to audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under this initiative, audiences will be able to enjoy the company’s world-class theatre productions on demand for a small donation. Each digital rental period lasts 48 hours, and will cost US$10. All proceeds will go directly towards securing the survival of WILD RICE, as well as protecting the livelihoods of the staff and artists who work with the company.
The programme kicks off later this month with two of W!ld Rice’s recent blockbuster hits – Merdeka / 獨立 / சுதந்திரம் and The Importance of Being Earnest. “Singapore has opened up a lot under Phase 2, but theatres must still stay closed for the time being,” says Ivan Heng, Founding Artistic Director of W!ld Rice. “Nonetheless, we want to stay connected with our audiences – lifting their spirits and sparking conversations through the shared experience of theatre. We know these two shows have the power to do just that!”
Merdeka / 獨立 / சுதந்திரம் will be available on demand from 30th July until 10th August. Alfian Sa’at and Neo Hai Bin’s bold, thought-provoking exploration of Singapore’s forgotten history made its world premiere in October last year. Directed by Glen Goei and Jo Kukathas, the production played to sold-out houses and resounding critical acclaim.
The Importance of Being Earnest will be available on demand from 20th to 30th August. WILD RICE’s award-winning, all-male production of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of manners has won rave reviews all over the world – from Singapore to Macau and Australia. Free Family-Friendly Shows For School Holidays
W!ld Rice will also be re-releasing two of its most popular holiday musicals, Monkey Goes West and Mama White Snake, to entertain children and families during the July school holidays. Both shows will be available for free on the company’s YouTube channel from 20th to 26th July.
To enrich the experience for children watching both shows from home, the WILD RICE Academy has prepared activity books that include games, activities and costume ideas. Helping the Arts Weather This Storm During these uncertain times, WILD RICE remains committed to bringing artists and audiences together through the shared experience of theatre.
“If our work has brought you joy since the pandemic began, we hope you will consider donating to WILD RICE or other arts organisations in Singapore,” says Heng. “Our arts industry needs your help to survive this crisis of unprecedented proportions. You can help us continue making theatre and telling stories that matter.”
Make a donation to W!ld Rice here.