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.
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…
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…