The Plays of “Absence Makes the Heart…”

The Vault: Absence Makes the Heart… looks at the portrayal of Indian characters in Singapore English-language plays throughout history. Here are the plays whose excerpts are performed in Absence, as well as information about their first stagings.

MIMI FAN (1962)

Playwright:
Lim Chor Pee

Company:
Experimental Theatre Club

Date:
19 – 21 July 1962

Venue:
Cultural Centre Theatre

Cast:  
Lim Teong Qwee, Annie Chin, Leaena Chelliah, Ronald Bloom, Kiru Joseph ,Teoh Jin Hong, Major Ho, Ong Thiam Kim

 

A WHITE ROSE AT MIDNIGHT (1964)

Playwright:
Lim Chor Pee

Company:
Experimental Theatre Club

Date:
18 – 20 June 1964

Venue:
Cultural Centre Theatre

Cast:  
Philip Ng, Chen Li-Ching, Khoo Hin Hiong, Ooi Phaik Har,  Kiru Joseph,  Leela Subbaiah, Chan See Foon, Ian Lang, Primrose Lim

 

ARE YOU THERE SINGAPORE (1974)

Playwright:
Robert Yeo

Director:
Prem Kumar

Company:
University of Singapore Society

Date:
25 – 27 July 1974

Venue:
Cultural Centre Theatre

Cast:
Esther Leong, Lim Kay Tong, Gulam Husain, Raymond Ong, Jamshid Medora

 

ONE YEAR BACK HOME (1980)

Playwright:
Robert Yeo

Director:
Max Le Blond

Company:
University of Singapore Society

Date:
19 – 22 November 1980

Venue:
DBS Auditorium

Cast:
T. Sasitharan, Chia Chor Leng, Magdelene Leong, Kheng Lim

 

ARMY DAZE (1987)

Playwright:
Michael Chiang

Director:
Lim Siauw Chong

Company:
TheatreWorks

Date:
22 – 28 June, 3 – 9 August 1987

Venue:
Drama Centre, Fort Canning Park

Lead Performers:
Clifton Turner, Hassan Othman, Ivan Heng, Lee Weng Kee, S. Sivanathan

 

BEAUTY WORLD (1988)

Playwright:
Michael Chiang

Composer & Lyricist:
Dick Lee

Director:
Ong Keng Sen

Company:
TheatreWorks, for Singapore Festival of Arts

Date:
4 – 5 & 11 – 12 June 1988

Venue:
World Trade Centre Auditorium

Lead Performers:
Christina Ong, Claire Wong, Ivan Heng, Jacintha Abishegenaden, Lim Kay Siu, Lok Meng Chue, Margaret Chan

 

ROUND AND ROUND THE DINING TABLE (1988)

Playwright:
Ovidia Yu

Director:
Ovidia Yu

Company:
The Necessary Stage, for National University of Singapore Student Union Arts Festival

Date:
24-27 August 1988

Venue:
Drama Centre Theatre, Fort Canning Park

Cast:
Steven Lim, Rani Moorthy, Melina Nathan, K. Rajagopal, Jothi Saunthararajah

 

ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER (1992)

Playwright:
Robin Loon

Director:
Alec Tok

Company:
TheatreWorks

Date:
7 April 1992

Venue:
Drama Centre Theatre, Fort Canning Park

Cast:
Alex Abisheganaden, Rosaly Puthucheary, K. Rajagopal, Nora Samosir, Noraizah Nordin, Yolande Goh, Diong Chae Lian

 

BUANG SUAY (2000)

Playwright:
Elangovan

Director:
Elangovan

Company:
Agni Kootthu

Date:
23 April 2000

Venue:
Drama Centre Theatre, Fort Canning Park

Cast:
S. R. L. Jothy, Ahamed Ai Khan, Nick Ng, Vishnu, Zakee bin Ismawee

 

FLUSH (2001)

Playwright:
Elangovan

Director:
Elangovan

Company:
Agni Kootthu

Date:
19 – 20 Oct 2001

Venue:
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts Studio Theatre

Cast:
Mary Pereira

 

TOP OF THE WORLD (1995)

Playwright:
Haresh Sharma

Director:
Alvin Tan

Company:
The Necessary Stage

Date:
25 – 27 Aug 1995

Venue:
Victoria Theatre

Cast:
Abdulattif, Alin Mosbit, Daisy Irani-Subaiah, Low Kah Wei, Rani Moorthy, Pamela Wildheart

 

BALEK KAMPONG (2011)

Playwright:
Haresh Sharma

Director:
Alvin Tan

Company:
The Necessary Stage

Date:
1 March 2011

Venue:
The Necessary Stage Black Box

Cast:
Jo Kukathas, Sukania Venugopal, Siti Khalijah Zainal

 

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE SHOLAY (2011)

Playwright:
Shiv Tandan

Director:
Huzir Sulaiman

Company:
Checkpoint Theatre, for NUS Arts Festival

Date:
25 March 2011

Venue:
University Cultural Centre Theatre

Cast:
Sara Abraham, Rahul Ghai, Nishant Jalgaonkar, Kubhaer T. Jethwani, Dipika Suresh, Shiv Tandan

 

YOU ARE HERE (2015)

Playwright:
Pooja Nansi

Director:
Joel Tan

Company:
Checkpoint Theatre, for Singapore Writers Festival (Part of What I Love About You)

Date:
6 – 7 November 2015

Venue:
The Arts House

Cast:
Pooja Nansi

 

 

 

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The Vault: Absence Makes the Heart…
 traces the presence and absence of Indian roles in Singapore English-language theatre. Written by Aswani Aswath and dramaturged by Alfian Sa’at, and featuring the actors Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai, Sivakumar Palakrishnan and Grace Kalaiselvi. Find out more here.