In collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
A new media experience co-created by a multidisciplinary group of performers, designers and directors. Amid a pandemic, where time and space are warped, and how we exist and connect feels alienating, What If explores being human.
Presenting to you 4 original works that will each be accompanied by a short animation. Audience participation is welcomed in all the shows.
Tuesday 4 August, 8 PM
(90 mins including a post-show dialogue)
Director: Okorn-Kuo Jing Hong
Assistant Director: Tan Beng Tian
Writer: Tung Ka Wai
Performers: Stephanie Esther Fam, Muhammad Hidayat Rahmatullah Mohamad Yaakob, Shawn Tan, Tung Ka Wai, Wan Wai Yee
Visual designer: Moes Mulyadi
How do we preserve our social rituals during the pandemic, despite the unreliability of technology heightened by the strangeness of being present while physically absent? Join five friends as they endeavour to celebrate a friend’s birthday in the virtual realm.
Accessible to audiences who are blind or vision-impaired and the deaf or hard of hearing.
Saturday 8 August, 8 PM
(65 mins including a post-show dialogue)
Visual director: Ong Guat Teng
Writers: Tung Ka Wai, Timothy Hua
Animators: Putri Qurratu’aini Binte Yusri, Timothy Hua
A story of a circle finding its place in a world of sound, as told through animation. Can this story be told in silence?
A visual experience accessible to audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing. Not accessible for the blind or vision-impaired.
Tuesday 11 August, 8 PM
(75 mins including a post-show dialogue)
Sound Artist: Ng Sze Min
Collaborator: Muhammad Hidayat Rahmatullah Mohamad Yaakob
In the time of Covid-19, two Singaporeans connect after reading an account by a nurse in New York. Witness and participate in an exchange between a blind person and a sound artist, where sound becomes the connector through which empathy is found.
An audio experience accessible to audiences who are blind or vision-impaired. Not accessible for the deaf or hard of hearing.
Saturday 15 August, 8 PM
(85 mins including a post-show dialogue)
Director: Okorn-Kuo Jing Hong
Writer: Stephanie Esther Fam
Visual director: Lim Shengen
Videographers: Oliver Piong Wei Bin, Moes Mulyadi
Sound designer: Ng Sze Min
The complex relationship struggles between a parent and child, explored through a poetic journey of text, sound and imagery, and presented in two ways: a visual experience and an audio experience.
Accessible to those who are blind or vision-impaired and the deaf or hard of hearing. Audiences without accessibility needs will be able to choose between a mainly visual or purely audio experience, subject to availability.
Director: Faith Liu Yong Huay
Illustrator: Shawn Tan
Voice coach: Tan Beng Tian
What If Aliens is a series of stop-motion animation where 5 aliens, Stitch, Jelly, Thumb, Faraway and Mee have been sent on a mission in outer space to maintain the balance. This whimsical adventure will unfold over the 4 original shows.
Pre-show kits will be provided for audiences who are blind or vision-impaired. Closed captioning will be provided for audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing.
ABOUT M1 PEER PLEASURE YOUTH THEATRE FESTIVAL
M1 Peer Pleasure is an annual youth theatre festival with a social conscience. It is a unique platform that mentors youths aged 13-25 in the craft of theatre-making, providing opportunities for them to collaborate with peers to stage productions with important social issues, and performed for all ages.
The festival runs online from 4 – 16 August. For full programme line-up, visit the official webpage.
Credits: ArtsWok Collaborative