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Those Who Can't, Teach

"(Those Who Can't, Teach) stays true to the contradictions of adolescence: its explosive loves and hates, brashness and shyness. And it shows as humanly as possible, what a pain and joy it can be to deal with them."
—The Straits Times Life!

The Necessary Stage celebrates its 30th anniversary with the return of Those Who Can't, Teach!

First staged in 1990 and subsequently in 2010 to full houses at the Singapore Arts Festival, Those Who Can't, Teach is a Singaporean theatre classic by Cultural Medallion winners Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma.

Set in a secondary school, the play looks at the madcap lives of teachers and students—with often hilarious results. As the teachers struggle daily to 'nurture and groom', the students prefer to hang out and chill. In the meantime, they all have to deal with the dreaded 'parents'.

With upskirting and texting, teaching and politicking, school has never been the same. Join the rambunctious cast of characters as they struggle to prove that Those Who CAN, Teach.

Written by Haresh Sharma 
Directed by Alvin Tan

Featuring a star-studded cast including: 
Ghafir Akbar 
Joshua Lim 
Karen Tan 
Lian Sutton 
Siti Khalijah Zainal

With award-winning designers:
Wong Chee Wai - Set
Max Tan & Yuan Zhiying (MAX.TAN) - Costume
Yo Shao Ann - Light

Start Sales Date

2 Nov 2016, 9am

Other Channels:
2 Nov 2016, 10am




Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes
(15 minutes interval)

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Rating / Age Limit

  • Rating: Advisory 16 (Some coarse language)
  • No admission for infants in arms and person below 13 years old.
  • Patron 13 years and above must purchase a ticket for entry.
  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.

Photography / Video Recording Rules

  • No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is permitted for this event .

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THE NECESSARY STAGEPRESENTSBEING HARESH SHARMABeing in SingaporeBeing a model citizen in SingaporeBeing a dementia patient in SingaporeBeing censored in SingaporeBeing a political detainee in SingaporeBeing off centre in SingaporeBeing Malay in SingaporeBeing a teacher in SingaporeBeing an Indonesian Maid in SingaporeBeing in a hospice in SingaporeBeing fundamentally happy in SingaporeBeing a Chinese MP in SingaporeBeing a young person in SingaporeBeing a suicide victim in SingaporeBeing an artist in SingaporeOver three decades, The Necessary Stage and actors-collaborators who have been partners in the making of the company’s devised plays have revealed to us over and over again-in profound, heartbreaking and funny ways-what it means to ‘be’ in Singapore.Vinod | Radha Krishnan | Eric Sim | Noorhayati Yusof | Sergeant Mok | Jali Bin Mohd Fariz | Mrs. Chua | Mrs. Phua | Alisha | Melly | Saloma and many moreAway from the buzz of the rehearsal room and in the alone space where a playwright for a time dwells, Haresh Sharma forms up direct, powerful, honest, smart, funny words that enable these characters to speak into the very soul of our city.Being Haresh Sharma is a work that looks at Haresh’s body of writing over 30 years. It makes bold, unexpected links and associations, mapping stories and characters in ways that surface the social, political and spiritual aspects of life here; bringing it all together with unexpected and exciting performance energy; sparking new ways of looking at his words and of experiencing performance and theatre.Directed by Natalie HennedigeText based on plays by Haresh Sharma  Performed byGhafir AkbarJean NgJo KukathasJulius FooKaren TanSiti Khalijah Zainal
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Event Date
Thu, 9 - Sun, 19 Mar 2017

Wed - Fri: 8pm
Sat: 3pm & 8pm
Sun: 3pm

Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: S$45, S$36, S$28

Seating Plan