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.
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…
The Vault 1.1 – NINETEEN SIXTY-FOUR

The Vault 1.1 – NINETEEN SIXTY-FOUR

An intimate Lecture-Performance that revisits two play-texts from the 1960s, refreshes and retells the stories in them through the eyes of four artist-collaborators. Read about the plays, the resources and watch the video documentation of The Vault 1.1 - Nineteen…
Video: The Vault 1.1: Nineteen Sixty-Four

Video: The Vault 1.1: Nineteen Sixty-Four

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.
Reflections about the creation process of NINETEEN SIXTY-FOUR

Reflections about the creation process of NINETEEN SIXTY-FOUR

We asked the two key artist-collaborators Nora Samosir and Serene Chen about their personal responses to The Vault, its concept and the working process. Hear their reflections and views about working on the Centre's inaugural iteration of The Vault programme…
#7 – A tense 1964

#7 – A tense 1964

1964 was a significant milestone in Singapore’s history, a period of tension amidst the uncertainty and hope of forging a new identity. Various views about the Merger: A recording of Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s address, in Mandarin and English,…
#6 – The golden age of Singapore music

#6 – The golden age of Singapore music

Plug in to this short 1964 playlist of music tracks by some of the many popular local bands in the ’60s: The Crescendos (pop band) Naomi and the Boys (pop band) The Checkmates (guitar band) The Quests (guitar band)   1960s:…
#5 – Cabaret Girls in the limelight

#5 – Cabaret Girls in the limelight

Singapore. Neon lights at night, 1960s. There were the three “Worlds” which lit up Singapore’s nightlife in the ’50s and ’60s: New World Park. View “New World was famous for its cabarets, Chinese and Malay opera halls, shops, restaurants, open-air cinemas, boxing…
#4 – The local ‘Mad Men’ era

#4 – The local ‘Mad Men’ era

We gleaned an insight into the design aesthetics and advertising sensibilities of the 1960s in Singapore, from the programme books of the staged productions of When Smiles Are Done and A White Rose At Midnight. Many of the advertisers and…
#2 – The desire and impetus for local theatre

#2 – The desire and impetus for local theatre

“A national theatre cannot hope to survive if it keeps staging foreign plays.” ~ Lim Chor Pee. In the early to mid-sixties, there was a brewing sentiment for the need to forge a local identity in English-language (or English-speaking) theatre.…
#1 – What’s on? The (unofficial) theatre guide in 1964.

#1 – What’s on? The (unofficial) theatre guide in 1964.

Here’s a sampling of what a theatre-goer could possibly watch back in 1964: Mar 18: Rowcroft Theatre Club, Akin to Love by Peggy Simmons. View. Apr 8: Alexandra Secondary Modern School, Salad Days by Julian Slade & Dorothy Reynolds. View. Apr…
The Vault 1.1 – NINETEEN SIXTY-FOUR

The Vault 1.1 – NINETEEN SIXTY-FOUR

An intimate Lecture-Performance that revisits two play-texts from the 1960s, refreshes and retells the stories in them through the eyes of four artist-collaborators | 22 September 2014, 8pm @ Centre 42 Black Box. Free admission |