Best Of

Photo credit: The Pond Photography

The Necessary Stage (Singapore)

24 – 26 January 2013, 8pm
26 & 27 January 2013, 3pm
Esplanade Recital Studio
(60 minutes with no intermission)

Advisory (Racial References & Some Coarse Language)
$30 | $19
Biography of The Necessary Stage

(Fringe Highlight • World Premiere)

She is a young Malay woman
going through a divorce.
She starts her day at the prison.
She ends her day at the hospital.

In between, she meets strangers,
she encounters prejudice.
Sometimes she hates what she sees around her, sometimes she is moved.

She shares her day with the audience; her life, her past, her dreams... and her fears.

She is not a stereotype.
She is not a statistic.

She is just wants to get on with her life.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

- Martin Luther King Jr.

Award-winning actress Siti Khalijah Zainal takes centre stage in this brand new one-woman show specially created for her by Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma.

Relationship to Art & Entertainment

With our contemporary environment bombarded with high technological presences, our senses are preoccupied so fully with the iPad, iPhone, Facebook and Twitter, that we have lost much human interactive skills and experiences.

All interactions have become mediated, eclipsing us from discovering ourselves when we are interacting with other life forms. Can we listen with any depth? Can we read imaginatively? Do we interpret associatively and emotionally without technological aids or heightened media?

In that context comes our theatre piece,
Best Of, which is part of live art or live performance. Why should theatre matter when film is a better medium to reach out to the masses? Or when an internet game or an app provides more entertainment that an old fashioned story-telling piece? Can we be so easily displaced by the machine, and if so, why?

Best Of brings us back to story-telling basics, with two celebrated story-tellers -Haresh Sharma (an accomplished playwright) and Siti Khalijah Zainal (a versatile and nuanced performer). Can we entertain with as little theatrical tricks/devices? Best Of wishes to engage you. Will you be engaged?