Arts Picks: Scenes: Forum Theatre, Another Country and more

PHOTOS: TAN WEE-HSIN, LILLIAN WANG, JANA SANSKRITI, ALBERT LIM

Akshita Nanda Arts Correspondent recommends


PHOTOS: TAN WEE-HSIN, LILLIAN WANG, JANA SANSKRITI, ALBERT LIM

SCENES: FORUM THEATRE

Local theatre company Drama Box's festival celebrating interactive forum theatre opens this weekend. The plays explore issues from forced marriage (by India's Jana Sanskriti) to disability harassment (by British group Mind The Gap). Workshops and masterclasses are ticketed.

In Mind The Gap's Real Voices Real Lives, professional learning-disabled actors will present vignettes on harassment of the disabled, after which audience members can participate and discuss what they have learnt through role-playing and sharing sessions.

Sonar Meye (Golden Girl) (above) by Jana Sanskriti is about a young girl forced to marry instead of being allowed to continue her education. It was created after several years of workshops with women in rural villages in West Bengal. Performed in Bengali with English and Chinese surtitles.

Real Voices Real Lives

WHERE: Inflatable theatres at open field next to Nex mall, between Upper Serangoon Road and Serangoon Avenue 2 MRT: Serangoon WHEN: Tomorrow, 7 - 8.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: tinyurl.com/ocn7ac9

Sonar Meye (Golden Girl)

WHERE: Inflatable theatres MRT: Serangoon WHEN: Sun, 7 - 8.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: tinyurl.com/ocn7ac9


TAPESTRY OF HOPE CONCERT

Non-profit organisation Very Special Arts Singapore has been helping artists with disabilities explore their full potential since 1993. Critically acclaimed and hearing-impaired pianist Azariah Tan will join Tan Wee-Hsin and Lillian Wang in an evening of chamber music to raise funds for the charity.

WHERE: Sota Concert Hall, School Of The Arts, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Sun, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $68 - $158, from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sgINFO: www.vsa.org.sg


ANOTHER COUNTRY

Get an eye-opening insight into what unites and divides people on both sides of the Causeway as Singaporean actors take on Malaysian texts and vice versa. Another Country is directed by Ivan Heng of Wild Rice and Malaysia's Jo Kukathas, with texts ranging from fragments of novels to songs curated by Singaporean playwright Alfian Sa'at and Malaysian playwright Leow Puay Tin.

WHERE: Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building, Level 3 MRT: Bugis/City Hall WHEN: Till July 11 (Tue - Sat, 8pm; Sat & Sun, 3pm) ADMISSION: $40 - $75, from Sistic

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2015, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe