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Preview: C-O-N-T-A-C-T by Singapore Repertory Theatre

Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) is no stranger to unusual theatrical presentations, with productions such as Ghost Light (2020) and Caught (2019). This April, they’re breaking the mould once again, with C-O-N-T-A-C-T, a live theatre experience like no other.

Originally staged in France with sold-out performances, this ground breaking, life-affirming promenade theatre production now comes to Singapore. Members of the audience, armed with headphones and a tailored mobile app downloaded to their smartphones, will be immersed in the play’s state-of-the-art 3D soundscape while they enter Sarah’s thoughts just as she is approached by a stranger – who is not quite what he appears.

She discovers that he can hear her thoughts, but how? Who is this man? Dive into her mind in this unique sensory and immersive new show and experience theatre like never before. Over the course of 50 minutes, audiences will experience this new piece of technology that synchronizes the spectators and actors, allowing the show to play with theatrical concepts and a new form of dramaturgy.

Directed by Daniel Jenkins, C-O-N-T-A-C-T, described as both “charming” (Time Out) and “gripping” (The Guardian), redefines what theatre can do, and how it can re-invent itself to be relevant to our times. Originally a French production written by Eric Chantelauze, it is adapted into English by Quentin Bruno. This play is available in five language options: Greek, Italian, Dutch, French, and English, and stars Chanel Ariel Chan, Keagan Kang, Rebecca Ashley Dass, Vester Ng and voice actors Brendon Fernandez and Ching Shu Yi.

C-O-N-T-A-C-T is an extraordinary piece of theatre, specifically designed to immerse our audience inside the heads of the characters,” says Director Daniel Jenkins. “Most importantly, it is a play about love, about how we have become disconnected from each other during these difficult pandemic years, and how, after two years of separation, it is time to start connecting and making contact with those around us once more C-O-N-T-A-C-T is a play that will leave you feeling hopeful for better times.”

C-O-N-T-A-C-T plays from 29th April 2022 at The Arts House. Tickets available here

Read our interview with director Daniel Jenkins here

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