Collaborations between arts groups in the works

The cast of Underclass comprises (standing, from far left) Yazid Jalil, Brendon Fernandez, Yang Shi Bin, Goh Guat Kian and (seated) Siti Khalijah Zainal.
The cast of Underclass comprises (standing, from far left) Yazid Jalil, Brendon Fernandez, Yang Shi Bin, Goh Guat Kian and (seated) Siti Khalijah Zainal.PHOTO: CRISPIAN CHAN
Nine Years Theatre Ensemble's co-founder Mia Chee is one of three actresses playing the titular character in Pissed Julie.
Nine Years Theatre Ensemble's co-founder Mia Chee is one of three actresses playing the titular character in Pissed Julie.PHOTO: NINE YEARS THEATRE

Two upcoming shows by local theatre-makers involve inter-group collaborations and an exploration of class in society. From May 16 to June 3, Drama Box and The Necessary Stage present Underclass, a devised work that mirrors the different strata of Singapore. Nine Years Theatre reworks August Strindberg's Miss Julie, a 19th-century play about the decline of the aristocracy, with a team from Macau. Pissed Julie runs from May 17 to 20. Akshita Nanda talks to the theatre-makers about these collaborations

Is it enough to give money to charities or can people do more for the underprivileged in Singapore society? Whose job is it to assist them anyway?

These are some of the questions addressed in Underclass, a collaboration between local theatre troupes Drama Box and The Necessary Stage (TNS), written by the latter's playwright Haresh Sharma.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 08, 2018, with the headline 'Exploring class in society'. Print Edition | Subscribe