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Arts Picks: Akshita Nanda recommends Esplanade's Flipside festival where viewers can become puppeteers or catch soundscapes

(From far left) Peter Sau, Sophie Stone and Grace Khoo are in the show led by artists who are deaf or disabled.
PHOTOS: ESPLANADE, MEMPHIS WEST PICTURES, SINGAPORE REPERTORY THEATRE, SUSIE WONG/THE PRIVATE MUSEUM

ESPLANADE PRESENTS: FLIPSIDE

The Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay's family-friendly festival Flipside returns from today to June 3.

Highlights this weekend include Australian puppet troupe Spare Parts Puppet Theatre's String Symphony, where viewers play puppeteers and manipulate a giant puppet. Or walk through Sound Maze, an interactive installation created by American artists Paul Dresher and Daniel Schmidt.

STRING SYMPHONY

WHERE: Esplanade Courtyard Green, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Today until June 3, 5 to 10.30pm (Fridays); 4 to 10.30pm (Saturdays), 4 to 9.30pm (Sundays to Thursdays) ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.esplanade.com

SOUND MAZE

WHERE: Esplanade Annexe Studio WHEN: 7.30 and 9.30pm (today); 2, 4 and 6pm (tomorrow and Sunday) ADMISSION: $12 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to sistic.com.sg) or $18 at the door INFO: Suitable for all ages but best for ages four and above. Tickets required for admission, including for infants


AND SUDDENLY I DISAPPEAR: THE SINGAPORE 'D' MONOLOGUES

This collaboration between theatre-makers from the United Kingdom and Singapore is led entirely by artists who are deaf or disabled. It is scripted by British playwright Kaite O'Reilly and directed by British director Phillip Zarrilli, with Singapore's Peter Sau acting as associate director, researcher and performer. Well-known UK-based Singaporean Ramesh Meyyappan, who is deaf, performs and is also the show's visual director.

(From far left) Peter Sau, Sophie Stone and Grace Khoo are in the show led by artists who are deaf or disabled.

(From far left) Peter Sau, Sophie
Stone and Grace Khoo are in the
show led by artists who are deaf
or disabled.

WHERE: Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore, 98 Stamford Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: 8pm (tomorrow) and 3pm (Sunday). All other shows sold out ADMISSION: $32 from bit.ly/andsuddenlyidisappear or accesspathproductions.com/tickets


(From far left) Peter Sau, Sophie Stone and Grace Khoo are in the show led by artists who are deaf or disabled.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK - JULIUS CAESAR

Head to Fort Canning for the final weekend of Singapore Repertory Theatre's popular outdoor event, Shakespeare In The Park.

The tense power politics of contemporary times are echoed in the 200-year-old play, Julius Caesar, with stand-out performances by actress Jo Kukathas in the title role, Thomas Pang (above) as her friend Mark Antony and Julie Wee as Caesar's rival, Cassius.

WHERE: Fort Canning Green, Fort Canning Park MRT: Fort Canning WHEN: 7.30pm (today, tomorrow and Sunday) ADMISSION: From $45 from Sistic


(From far left) Peter Sau, Sophie Stone and Grace Khoo are in the show led by artists who are deaf or disabled.

YOU, OTHER; I, ANOTHER

This new exhibition at The Private Museum is the first curated by Dr Susie Lingham, former creative director of the Singapore Biennale and former director of the Singapore Art Museum, and features powerful, intimate and surprising artworks from nine artists.

Look out for pieces such as India-based Mithun Jayaram's knotted work Approaching A Mending Wall and Singapore-based Susie Wong's pencil, wash and paper drawings titled I Can't Tell (above).

WHERE: The Private Museum, 02-06, 51 Waterloo Street MRT: Bras Basah/Bugis WHEN: Until June 24, 10am to 7pm (Mondays to Fridays), 11am to 5pm (weekends); by appointment on public holidays and at other times ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.theprivatemuseum.org

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2018, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe