10 Oct 2017, 9am
10 Oct 2017, 10am
It's Halloween but the city is too expensive. So Steven and his millennial™ friends celebrate indoors in true glamping tradition: a blanket fort in an air-conditioned room with an en-suite toilet; a humidifier casts its eerie mist.
As the motley crew meditate on their fears and future in a bleak world, the boozy party spirals out of control. His mother grows increasingly angry. Howling wind shakes the fort; an ang ku kueh cushion calls out.
Perhaps they've overstayed their welcome.
Should they stay till the first train, or leave and pay surge pricing?
''... heartfelt, imaginative, daring, and also wonderfully specific in its portrait of what it's like to be young in today's Singapore.''
- Ng Yi-Sheng, The Online Citizen, on Long Weekend by Kenneth Chia, directed by Mitchell Fang
''The play takes an explicit and shrewd tone in its handling of many social issues that have become prevalent controversies in recent times, packed with allusions and cheeky jabs at a spectrum of stigmas and taboos.''
- Lyon Sng, L'ENFANT TERRIBLE, on Long Weekend by Kenneth Chia, directed by Mitchell Fang
Kenneth Chia is a theatre maker, kidult and model citizen. He believes in creating bold, urgent and accessible experiences. Mitchell Fang is a performer, theatre maker, and bedroom poet. He believes in empowering people through the arts, and in theatre for social change.
Approximately 60 minutes
Rating / Age Limit
- No admission for infant in arms and child aged below 13 years old
- Child 13 years old and above must purchase ticket for admission
Photography / Video Recording Rules
- No photography, video recording and audio recording is allowed for this event.
Late Seating Advisory:
- You are strongly advised to be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time.
- No admission will be allowed into the venue once the performance has commenced.
- Exceptions may be made at Esplanade's discretion depending on the nature of the performance.
CO-PLAYWRIGHT – KENNETH CHIA
Kenneth is a writer and performer who is currently pursuing his BA in Theatre Studies at the National University of Singapore. His plays Long Weekend and Let's Get Back Together (Red Pill Productions) were staged for The Twenty-Something Theatre Festival 2016, and W!LD Rice's Singapore Theatre Festival 2016 respectively; performances include Tragicform (dir. Natalie Hennedige), Other/s, a commissioned piece for Esplanade RAW Series, and Ways of the Wandering (dir. Jeremiah Choy) for Singapore International Festival of Arts 2015. He was also a member of youth groups such as Buds Youth Theatre. He hopes to continue creating bold, urgent and accessible experiences in future.
CO-PLAYWRIGHT/ DIRECTOR – MITCHELL FANG
Mitchell Fang is a freelance director, actor and teacher who has worked in the local theatre scene for the last eight years. Mitchell directed Kenneth Chia’s Long Weekend as part of The Twenty-Something Theatre Festival in 2016, and has acted for productions such as Toy Factory’s Grind, and Red Pill Production’s Let’s Get Back Together. He also has directed various school productions for the bi-annual Singapore Youth Festival. Mitchell is also currently reading history at and is a budding creative writer with Nanyang Technological University.
PRODUCTION MANAGER – BERYL LEONG
Beryl graduated with 1st Class Honours from the Arts Management degree programme from LASALLE College of the Arts. She was the Club President for Singapore Polytechnic’s Theatre Compass from 2012-2013. She was the Stage Manager for Theatre Compass’ staging of The Visit (2012). As the Student Director of the LASALLE Arts Management Student Committee for Performing Arts, Beryl was part of the organising committee for the annual Asia Pacific Bureau Theatre Festival, which was hosted in Singapore in 2015. She was also the Production Manager for Pull Up and 06:58, staged by theatre collectives One Man Riot and The Rooftop Collective respectively.