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Preview: Tuesdays with Morrie by Singapore Repertory Theatre

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Miss being in the theatre like we do? Good news: it won’t be very long before you’ll be able to attend a public theatre performance once again, with Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) making a triumphant return this November.

After being closed for seven months, SRT’s upcoming performance of Tuesdays with Morrie will mark it as one of the first theatres to re-open for live performances since the COVID-19 pandemic brought the scene to a halt. Previously, we watched a Mandarin version of Tuesdays with Morrie by Taiwan’s Godot Theatre at the Esplanade in 2018. Now, watch as Mitch Albom’s best-selling memoir of the same name gets an English staging, as we follow Mitch (Benjamin Chow) meeting up with his former college professor Morrie (Remesh Panicker) who is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).

Initially intending it as a single, simple visit, Mitch ends up making weekly pilgrimages instead every Tuesday, as opens up his career-obsessed mind to Morrie’s teachings, enabling him to learn an all important lesson Morrie never got to teach him in school – how to live.

Poised as a moving tale suited for this time of uncertainty and social distancing, Tuesdays with Morrie will be directed by Samantha Scott-Blackhall, and features a script by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom. Under COVID-19 restrictions, only 50 audience members will be admitted each night, and marks the first production to be staged in the transformed KC Arts Centre theatre where the seating has been re-designed to give the patrons a café-styled experience.

“I’m so excited about this production for so many reasons. A fantastic script based on a book I love brought to life by a wonderful cast and creative team. Even though we may only have 50 people a night watching which is completely unviable financially, it is our passion and dedication to keeping theatre alive that has fuelled our desire to plough ahead, said Charlotte Nors, SRT’s Managing Director. “After months of dark stages, we have re-designed our theatre as an intimate café-styled experience where we can safely present live performance again. I can’t wait to welcome our audiences back to the KC Arts Centre for a wonderful evening out.”

Set to take audiences on an intimate journey exploring themes of love, acceptance and death, get ready for a roller coaster of emotions as Tuesdays with Morrie prompts you to cry, think, feel and laugh, as you yourself walk away with a reminder that it is never too late to love and to give, in this celebration of what it means to live.

Tuesdays with Morrie plays from 1st to 22nd November 2020 at the KC Arts Centre. Tickets available from SRT

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