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: 汐/Sea

The Vault: 汐/Sea

A performance-presentation of Haresh Sharma's 1997 play "Sea" alongside Robin Loon's Chinese translation "汐". Performed by Serene Chen and Zelda Ng, in collaboration with Robin Loon and Casey Lim. | 23 November 2015, 8pm @ Centre 42 Black Box. Free…
Margaret Chan

Margaret Chan

^Back to top Selected Theatre Lead Roles 2001 – Blithe Spirit by W!ld Rice (Available in The Repository.) 1994 – No Parking on Odd Days by Practice Theatre Ensemble 1994 – Lao Jiu  by TheatreWorks (Available in the TheatreWorks archive.)…
History of The Theatre Practice

History of The Theatre Practice

  Sources: Images at the Margins: A collection of Kuo Pao Kun’s Plays. (2000). Singapore: Times Media. Tribute.sg – Kuo Pao Kun The Theatre Practice – Milestones The Substation – History The Finger Players Intercultural Theatre Institute   The Vault:…
Kuo Pao Kun – Life Events

Kuo Pao Kun – Life Events

The timeline below presents selected events from Kuo Pao Kun’s life. Click on each tab to find out what happened during the year. This timeline is not meant to be a complete record of Kuo Pao Kun’s life — for more information,…
Four Kuo Pao Kun Plays

Four Kuo Pao Kun Plays

These four plays by late theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun form the primary text for Margaret Chan’s investigation into the metaphors of big bird and the cat. Click on each tab to find out about their first stagings and how the critics and…
The Vault: Big Bird and the Cat

The Vault: Big Bird and the Cat

An exploration into the metaphors of Kuo Pao Kun's plays. Theatre veteran Margaret Chan revisits four of Kuo's play-texts, refreshes and retells the stories in them. | 12 October 2015, 8pm @ Centre 42 Black Box. Free admission |
Reflections on The Vault: #3 three

Reflections on The Vault: #3 three

The Vault: #3 three revisits Quah Sy Ren’s Invisibility through the eyes of theatre design collective INDEX. We asked the three INDEX designers to reflect on the conceptualisation and development of their works in this design-centred series. A short summary video of the…
SCALE 1:333 333.333… artist: Lim Wei Ling

SCALE 1:333 333.333… artist: Lim Wei Ling

Spatial designer Lim Wei Ling Lim Wei Ling is a full-time spatial designer of stage and installations. As a firm believer of multi-disciplinary, collaborative art-making, Wei Ling often teams up with artists and designers from diverse backgrounds. She is part…
The Vault: #3.3 Scale 1:333333.333…

The Vault: #3.3 Scale 1:333333.333…

Three theatre designers, Three unique responses, Three installations, One play-text "Invisibility". The final of the series, "#3.3 Scale 1:333333.333..." is a bold spatial installation by spatial designer Lim Wei Ling | 30 Sep - 2 Oct 2015, 5.00pm - 9.00pm…
INVISIBILITY and Language

INVISIBILITY and Language

Quah Sy Ren first wrote Invisibility in Chinese in 1996 and it was translated into English by Sim Pern Yiau in 2000. In the translation to English, some meaning from the original Chinese text is inevitably lost, or becomes invisible…
INVISIBILITY and Existence

INVISIBILITY and Existence

One of the big concepts Invisibility tackles is existence. Questions about the nature of existence fall under a branch of science known as ontology. Scene 1 opens with the characters B, C and D debating the nature of A’s existence.…
FOR THE TIME BEING artist: Darren Ng

FOR THE TIME BEING artist: Darren Ng

Sound artist Darren Ng Sound artist Darren Ng’s repertoire is hugely diverse. From solo piano pieces to experimental works which fuse sounds from wildly different sources, Darren’s unique compositions are always intriguing, sensitive and highly emotive. In a prolific career…
The Vault: #3.2 For The Time Being

The Vault: #3.2 For The Time Being

Three theatre designers, Three unique responses, Three installations, One play-text "Invisibility". The second of the series, "#3.2 For The Time Being" is an intimate sound installation by sound artist Darren Ng | 22 - 24 July 2015, 5.00pm - 9.00pm…
IN/VISIBILITY artist: Lim Woan Wen

IN/VISIBILITY artist: Lim Woan Wen

Lighting designer Lim Woan Wen Dubbed a “lighting designer whiz” by local theatre critic Mayo Martin, Lim Woan Wen has been lighting theatre, dance and cross-disciplinary projects for over a decade. A graduate from the National University of Singapore’s Theatre…
INVISIBILITY and the concept of Liminality

INVISIBILITY and the concept of Liminality

Invisibility features several vignettes set in public spaces, such as a park and a public toilet. In these public spaces, the characters perform very private and personal activities, such as intimate conversations with strangers, appreciating art, and even sex. There…
INVISIBILITY and the Hermit Life

INVISIBILITY and the Hermit Life

Hermit-hood A motif running through the play Invisibility is the idea of hermit-hood. Being a hermit entails living your life in seclusion, away from other people. Hermits choose to live alone for various reasons. There are “push” factors which drive…
Stagings and responses to INVISIBILITY

Stagings and responses to INVISIBILITY

Past stagings of Invisibility: Date Production Details 1996, Aug 15-25 By The Necessary Stage Venue: The Substation Director: Kok Heng Leun Lighting Designer: Lee Cheng Heng Excerpt of the director’s message: “In this busy city, I often see people working…
INVISIBILITY written by Quah Sy Ren

INVISIBILITY written by Quah Sy Ren

About the Playwright: Quah Sy Ren is an associate professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chinese division at Nanyang Technical University. His main research interests are in Chinese Literature and the history of Singapore Theatre. Quah also…
The Vault: #3.1 In/Visibility

The Vault: #3.1 In/Visibility

Three theatre designers, Three unique responses, Three installations, One play-text "Invisibility". The first of the series, "#3.1 In/Visibility" is a light performance-presentation by lighting designer Lim Woan Wen | 22 & 23 May 2015. 7.30pm, 8.30pm, 9.30pm @ Centre 42…