The Vault

The Vault safe-keeps Singaporean works dating back to our early theatre years. The platform does not merely document the past but manifests as contemporary responses to these works presented at Centre 42 premises. The Centre invites artists and practitioners to respond critically and personally to canonical Singapore classics, lesser known pieces and rarities, reworks and adaptations, and cross-cultural and cross-genres works.
The following articles provide an overview and documentation of each instalment of The Vault.
The Vault: Leng-Geh-Mng 龍牙門

The Vault: Leng-Geh-Mng 龍牙門

A performance-presentation revisiting the first martial arts production in Singapore theatre of the same title. Under theatre-maker Zelda Tatiana Ng's direction and alongside some of the original cast members, Leng-Geh-Mng is retold in the format of a radio play refreshed…
A Brief History of spell#7

A Brief History of spell#7

Additional Sources: spell#7 Infopedia entry: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_2013-06-07_154855.html spell#7’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/spellseven/ The creation process of Family Duet documented in Tan Ngiap Heng and LASALLE’s Work in Process project: http://workinprocess.sg/details.php?vid=12     The Vault: Distilling the Dance is the first of three presentations focusing on…
Video: The Vault: Project Understudy

Video: The Vault: Project Understudy

An 8-part video recording of the Lecture-Performance, first presented in front of a live audience on 22 September 2014. "Nineteen Sixty-Four" is the Centre's inaugural iteration of The Vault programme series.
The Vault: Distilling the Dance

The Vault: Distilling the Dance

A curatorial experiment in presenting dance beyond the frame of performance. Conceived by Kiran Kumar as part of his dance research practice and response to the audio archives of spell #7. This is an investigation of the performer's and audience's…
Collaborative Writing

Collaborative Writing

Collaborative writing can be hugely challenging. Without a strategy, writing a play in a group would just be a matter of whoever has the strongest pair of lungs, as was the case with the seven men who collectively wrote the…
Tan Tarn How – Life Events

Tan Tarn How – Life Events

  ^Back to top   Watch Tan Tarn How and Dr. Robin Loon chat about Tan’s entire playwriting career in the Living Room:   Additional Sources: Tan Tarn How Too – About Tan Tarn How’s works are available for browsing in…
Undercover (1994)

Undercover (1994)

  The Vault: Project Understudy revisits Tan Tarn How’s Undercover and reimagines its sequel set in 2016 through a collaborative writing creation process. Conceived and edited by Dr Robin Loon and organised by NUS Thespis. Presented on 23 May 2016, 8pm…
The Vault: Project Understudy

The Vault: Project Understudy

A process presentation conceived by Dr Robin Loon and organised by NUS Thespis, The Vault: Project Understudy revisits Tan Tarn How's "Undercover" and reimagines its sequel set in 2016 through a collaborative writing creation process. Written by Olivia Vong, Eugene…
Video: The Vault: Big Bird and the Cat

Video: The Vault: Big Bird and the Cat

An 8-part video recording of the Lecture-Performance, first presented in front of a live audience on 22 September 2014. "Nineteen Sixty-Four" is the Centre's inaugural iteration of The Vault programme series.
Video: The Vault: How Did You Meet Tina?

Video: The Vault: How Did You Meet Tina?

A 50min video documentation of the performance-presentation "How Did You Meet Tina?", performed by Nora Samosir, Serene Chen and Tan Shou Chen, conceived and directed by Chong Tze Chien. Presented live on 5 December 2015.
Christina Sergeant – Life Events

Christina Sergeant – Life Events

Additional Sources: A tribute to Christina Sergeant by Joyce Lim. In library@esplande blog (12 Mar 2013). Drama teachers group to hold a memorial for Christina Sergeant by Mayo Martin. In Today (22 Feb 2013). Mime Unlimited [Website]  *Oral history interview by Michele Lim.…
Chong Tze Chien

Chong Tze Chien

  The Vault: How Did You Meet Tina? revisits the practice and legacy of late theatre practitioner Christina Sergeant (1955-2013) through archival footage and images as well as recreated interviews with her collaborators, friends, family and students. Created and directed by Chong…
Video: The Vault: 汐/Sea

Video: The Vault: 汐/Sea

An 60min video documentation of the performance-presentation "汐/Sea", performed by Serene Chen and Zelda Tatiana Ng, directed by Casey Lim and written by Robin Loon. Original English play "Sea" written by Haresh Sharma in 1997. Presented live on 23 November…
Singapore Theatre in the 1990s

Singapore Theatre in the 1990s

Sea was written and staged in the 1990s, an exciting decade for the local theatre scene. Singapore plays were being written and produced by local professional theatre companies. The government found value in the arts for the future of Singapore and aggressively pursued its development.…
The Vault: How Did You Meet Tina?

The Vault: How Did You Meet Tina?

A performance-presentation conceived and directed by Chong Tze Chien that traces the legacy of the late Christina Sergeant via archival footage and images as well as recreated interviews with her collaborators, friends, family and students. Performed by Nora Samosir, Serene…
Robin Loon

Robin Loon

  Additional Sources: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty Profile [Webpage]   The Vault: 汐/Sea revisits Haresh Sharma’s Sea and refreshes it with a Chinese translation and memories of the 1997 production. Performed by Serene Chen and Zelda Tatiana Ng, in…
Haresh Sharma

Haresh Sharma

  Additional Sources: Haresh Sharma wins this year’s S.E.A. Write Award (Singapore) by Clarissa Oon and Corrie Tan. In The Straits Times (13 Nov 2014).  The Necessary Stage [Website]. Selected Works of Haresh Sharma. The Studios: fifty [Website].   The…
Sea (1997)

Sea (1997)

  The Vault: 汐/Sea revisits Haresh Sharma’s Sea and refreshes it with a Chinese translation and memories of the 1997 production. Performed by Serene Chen and Zelda Tatiana Ng, in collaboration with Robin Loon and Casey Lim, on 23 November 2015, 8pm at Centre…