Vote for best play and win South Beach stay

Vote for Production of the Year (Readers' Choice) and stand to win a stay for two at The South Beach.
Vote for Production of the Year (Readers' Choice) and stand to win a stay for two at The South Beach.PHOTO: THE SOUTH BEACH

Theatre lovers, make your voice heard and vote for your pick of Singapore's best production.

As in previous years, members of the public can vote for the Production of the Year (Readers' Choice) award at the M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2016. To vote, go to http://str.sg/ZFdV

The online voting closes on April 5 at 5pm. Readers who take part will be entered into a lucky draw.

Ten lucky readers will win a pair of passes to the invitation-only awards ceremony at the Esplanade Recital Studio on April 25.

They will also be eligible for a grand prize of a two-day, one-night weekend stay for two at the Showcase Me deluxe room at The South Beach, inclusive of breakfast.

The five nominees include the 100-year-spanning epic Hotel by Wild Rice, as well as Drama Box's trilogy of plays exploring land use in Singapore, It Won't Be Too Long (The Lesson and The Cemetery: Dawn & Dusk).

Rounding up the nominees are the visual feast The Incredible Adventures Of Border Crossers, commissioned by the Singapore International Festival of Arts; The LKY Musical by Metropolitan Productions and the Singapore Repertory Theatre, inspired by Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew; and Off Centre, a restaging of an intimate drama about mental illness by Oliver Chong and commissioned by Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.

The readers' choice award is given to the production that receives the highest number of votes, while the Production of the Year award is decided by a panel of judges.

A spokesman for sponsor The South Beach says: "Singapore's theatre scene has come a long way since the awards started 16 years ago. We wish to be a part of the growing and vibrant community that parallels The South Beach's experience of integrating luxury and lifestyle, design and technology, as well as work and play."

This is the 16th year of the awards, which honour top talents in Singapore's theatre industry. There are 70 nominees across 14 award categories.

For the second year running, communications company M1 is the title sponsor for the awards, which is organised in collaboration with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.

The inaugural Best Production for the Young award will be given out in partnership with the National Arts Council this year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2016, with the headline 'Vote for best play and win South Beach stay'. Print Edition | Subscribe