The Studios 2017

Theatre publicity photos of Fundamentally Happy, With/Out, This Chord And Others, Hope (Harap) and RAW: precise purpose of being broken by Esplanade, as part of The Studios 2017. Audience response videos were also done for various plays to find out what audience thought about right after they had experienced the performance.

For this year, these five iconic versions of Haresh Sharma’s plays will be showing as part of Esplanade’s The Studios 2017.

 

Fundamentally Happy

Written by Haresh Sharma
Translated and directed by Nelson Chia
A co-production with Nine Years Theatre

Fundamentally Happy by Esplanade

“10-year-old Eric enjoyed visiting the home of his neighbours, Habiba and Ismail. The couple, who was so fond of him, treated him like their own child. In the embrace of this warm relationship, Eric felt cared for and loved. To his young mind, the door to Habiba and Ismail’s house was a gateway to paradise. Fast forward 20 years, Eric is now 30 and has returned to his childhood home to visit his neighbours, only to uncover a shocking secret that has lain hidden in the house where he spent so many happy hours as a child.

Winner of Best Production and Best Original Script at the 2007 Life! Theatre Awards, this new Mandarin production of Fundamentally Happy is translated and directed by Nelson Chia, Artistic Director of Nine Years Theatre. It features a cast and creative team including respected performer Lok Meng Chue paired with Timothy Wan as Habiba and Eric, with set, lighting and sound designs by Wong Chee Wai, Liu Yong Huay and Ng Jing.” (Source: Esplanade – The Studios)

 

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, Fundamentally Happy

 

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, Fundamentally Happy

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, Fundamentally Happy

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, Fundamentally Happy

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, Fundamentally Happy

 

 

 


With/Out

Conceptualised by Loo Zihan
Based on Completely With/Out Character
Devised by Paddy Chew, in collaboration with Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma
A commission by The Studios

With/Out by Esplanade

“In 1999, The Necessary Stage presented Completely With/Out Character, a docu-theatre monologue devised by Paddy Chew, in collaboration with playwright Haresh Sharma and director Alvin Tan. The monologue was a candid account of Paddy’s experiences as the first individual to come out as a person living with HIV in Singapore. Unfortunately, Paddy passed on a few months after the end of the production. Since then, although medical advancements now allow HIV-positive individuals to lead relatively normal lives, the ignorance and prejudice surrounding AIDS still remains pervasive today.

With/Out is an interpretation of Paddy’s monologue, conceptualised by performance and moving-image artist Loo Zihan. It was first presented in 2015 to rave reviews as part of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. This 2017 commission by The Studios presents a reimagining of this monologue, and examines its relationship to the written and video documents.

Through the use of archived content and new material created by Loo Zihan, in collaboration with award-winning performer Janice Koh, With/Out weaves together a multimedia experience that not only preserves our collective memory of Paddy’s monologue, but also relates it to our contemporary experience.” (Source: Esplanade – The Studios)

 

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, WITH/OUT, Janice Koh, Haresh Sharma

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, WITH/OUT, Janice Koh, Haresh Sharma

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, WITH/OUT, Janice Koh, Haresh Sharma

 

 

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, WITH/OUT, Janice Koh, Haresh Sharma

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, WITH/OUT, Janice Koh, Haresh Sharma

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, WITH/OUT, Janice Koh, Haresh Sharma

 

 

 


This Chord and Others

Written by Haresh Sharma
Directed by Timothy Nga
A commission by The Studios

This Chord and Others by Esplanade

“This Chord and Others is a comedy about friendship and a witty exploration of identity through the eyes of three young men, Sukdev, Gerald and Thomas. The three friends work together and enjoy spending time with one another, until a job promotion and office talent time come between them, leading the men to discover new truths and challenges about their race, religion, background and friendship…

Starring Neo Hai Bin, Thomas Pang and Pavan J Singh, with creative design by Bani Haykal, Bernice Ong, Adrian Tan, Ong Kian Peng and Koh Wan Ching.” (Source: Esplanade – The Studios)

 

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, This Chord and Others, Timothy Nga, Neo Hai Bin, Thomas Pang and Pavan J Singh, Haresh Sharma

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, This Chord and Others, Timothy Nga, Neo Hai Bin, Thomas Pang and Pavan J Singh, Haresh Sharma

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, This Chord and Others, Timothy Nga, Neo Hai Bin, Thomas Pang and Pavan J Singh, Haresh Sharma

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, This Chord and Others, Timothy Nga, Neo Hai Bin, Thomas Pang and Pavan J Singh, Haresh Sharma

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, This Chord and Others, Timothy Nga, Neo Hai Bin, Thomas Pang and Pavan J Singh, Haresh Sharma

 


Hope (Harap)

Written by Haresh Sharma
Adapted by Zulfadli Rashid
Directed by Mohd Fared Jainal
A co-production with Teater Ekamatra

Hope (Harap) by Esplanade

“A badly decomposed corpse was found floating on Singapore River early this morning…

Hope, the root word of “hoping”, “hopeful”, “hopefulness”, and the like; a word that serves as the thrust for the condition, the needs and the wants of each and every human being.

A father, a mother, to a daughter; and two friends. Human beings, each one of them. Desperate, dejected, whose fates remain undecided, whose dreams remain unrealised, and whose ambitions remain undefined, only because deep in their hearts, the seeds of hope were sown.

Probably, without hope, without hoping, without being hopeful, their lives would be untainted, unscathed, undamaged, and not naked; devoured to the skeletal frames of their existence.

First produced in 1994, this version of Haresh Sharma’s Hope is adapted into Malay by Zulfadli Rashid. Hope (Harap) is directed by Mohd Fared Jainal and features a stellar cast which includes Sani Hussin, Siti Hajar Abd Gani, Fir Rahman, Hirzi Zulkiflie and Nur Zakiah Bte Mohd Fared.” (Source: Esplanade – The Studios)

 

 

 


RAW: precise purpose of being broken

Adapted from texts by Haresh Sharma
Directed by Koh Wan Ching
Devised and performed by Chelsea Crothers, Chng Xin Xuan, Grace Kalaiselvi, Lina Yu and Wendi Wee Hian
A work-in-progress by The Studios: RAW

RAW: precise purpose of being broken by Esplanade

“RAW: precise purpose of being broken is a new work-in-progress adapted from a special collage of 10 texts by Haresh Sharma, some of which have never been published or even staged.

Featuring characters who are as broken as they are illuminated, and as doomed as they are hopeful, this work is devised and developed with a strong ensemble of female performers – Chelsea Crothers, Chng Xin Xuan, Grace Kalaiselvi, Lina Yu and Wendi Wee Hian – all of whom come from exciting training backgrounds ranging from the Viewpoints Method of Actor Training to traditional Asian art forms. Together they revisit the somewhat faded landscapes of their collective memory, pass through familiar spaces both comforting and contentious, and lose their footing on grounds that seem to provide potent signs of recognition.

Directed by theatre-maker Koh Wan Ching (nominee for Best Director in the 2016 Life! Theatre Awards), and designed in collaboration with Jason Ng, this piece is workshopped over an extended period, beginning in the latter half of 2016. Throughout the process, we have experimented with the integration of sound and movement, technique and imagination, dance and theatre. We look forward to having an audience in the room, to carry on the process of making the piece and receiving feedback. We have made sense of the texts, as individuals and as a collective, followed different threads to fruition and frustration, and we invite you to do the same when you come to the theatre.” (Source: Esplanade – The Studios)

 

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, Esplanade, The Studios 2017, RAW: precise purpose of being broken, Chelsea Crothers, Chng Xin Xuan, Grace Kalaiselvi, Lina Yu, Wendi Wee Hian, Koh Wan Ching, Haresh Sharma

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, Esplanade, The Studios 2017, RAW: precise purpose of being broken, Chelsea Crothers, Chng Xin Xuan, Grace Kalaiselvi, Lina Yu, Wendi Wee Hian, Koh Wan Ching, Haresh Sharma

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, Esplanade, The Studios 2017, RAW: precise purpose of being broken, Chelsea Crothers, Chng Xin Xuan, Grace Kalaiselvi, Lina Yu, Wendi Wee Hian, Koh Wan Ching, Haresh Sharma

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, Esplanade, The Studios 2017, RAW: precise purpose of being broken, Chelsea Crothers, Chng Xin Xuan, Grace Kalaiselvi, Lina Yu, Wendi Wee Hian, Koh Wan Ching, Haresh Sharma

Theatre Archival Photography, Singapore Photography, Esplanade, The Studios 2017, RAW: precise purpose of being broken, Chelsea Crothers, Chng Xin Xuan, Grace Kalaiselvi, Lina Yu, Wendi Wee Hian, Koh Wan Ching, Haresh Sharma

 

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