The day the theatres in Singapore closed due to Covid-19

#Theatre by collective Index, part of the Esplanade Studios season in January 2021.
#Theatre by collective Index, part of the Esplanade Studios season in January 2021.PHOTO: ESPLANADE – THEATRES ON THE BAY

SINGAPORE - Almost a year to this day, theatres and entertainment venues in Singapore were forced to shutter to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

One year on, The Straits Times arts team takes a look back at what happened on March 26, 2020, and how the impact on Singapore's arts scene has unfurled since.

Singapore's theatres closed a year ago. Where is the arts scene now?


Kuo Jian Hong, artistic director of The Theatre Practice at Waterloo street on March 5, 2021. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

On this day a year ago, The Theatre Practice was busy preparing for the opening of its promenade theatre piece Four Horse Road. But the spectre of Covid-19 was already looming.

Artistic director Kuo Jian Hong, 54, recalls: "We were racing to be one step ahead."

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One year on from S'pore's theatre closures: 'We might go back to normal, but we won't be the same'


NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore’s sign on Block 43 being taken down. PHOTO: NTU CCA SINGAPORE

Four arts practitioners look back on the day of the theatre closures on March 26 last year, and where this anniversary finds them.

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The art of getting through a pandemic: 10 works from a Covid-19 year


The Silence Of A Falling Tree staged as part of the Singapore International Festival Of Arts v2.020. PHOTO: THE ARTS HOUSE LIMITED

Though Covid-19 closures devastated Singapore's arts scene, they did not stop the creation of new work. The Straits Times' reviewers take a look back at 10 productions, concerts and exhibitions between March 26 last year and this year that got them through the pandemic year.

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