The Straits Times
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Published on Oct 22, 2012
 

M1 Singapore Fringe Festival returns next year with promises to Entertain

 
 

From a politically incorrect mockumentary-cabaret that skewers just about everything to photographs of the painstakingly rearranged petals and stamens of flowers, the next M1 Singapore Fringe Festival will turn traditional notions of art on its head.

Themed Art & Entertainment, the festival's ninth edition will run from Jan 16 to 27. Tickets are now on sale at Sistic.

The $400,000 festival is organised by local theatre company The Necessary Stage and will feature 15 works from 10 countries. Together, these works will question the hazy boundaries between art and entertainment: Where is that murky line between the two? When is entertainment art and when is it not?

The Necessary Stage's resident playwright Haresh Sharma, 47, says: "I think there isn't a line. I love entertainment, I always like to have humour, and I want the audience to relax and have fun. The art part of it is, for me, especially in my own writing, the part that leaves questions unanswered, provokes or doesn't necessarily tie all the loose ends together. As far as I'm concerned, every play of mine is art and entertainment."