10 Oct 2017, 9am
10 Oct 2017, 10am
How old are you?
What languages do you speak?
What's your marital status?
Do you think you can keep up?
Does this work for you?
Does This Work For You? is a physical theatre production that discusses discrimination within the workplace and the ability to triumph in the face of challenges.
Paired with the form of verbatim theatre, the work invites you to take a closer look at the Singapore workplace environment and aims to recalibrate the way we view social norms and stigmas.
The Nervous System is a young interdisciplinary collective. They are movers, orchestrators of social interactions who create visual and visceral experiences to push, provoke and inspire their audiences.
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.
THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
The Nervous System is a freshly formed interdisciplinary collective of visual artists, theatre makers, and dancers. Rooted in physical theatre, they practise performance work that they want to grow in our local scene. They define ourselves as “movers”—orchestrators of social interactions who move to push, provoke, and inspire the audiences.
Their most recent work entitled All You Say is Nothing (2016) was an exploration of xenophobia and terrorism in Singapore, and was staged at the School of the Arts, Singapore.
WRITER & DIRECTOR – IRSYAD DAWOOD
Irsyad is an aspiring actor, director and set designer. A student at the School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA) under the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), he has undergone short courses with the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Australia as well as the Phnom Penh Secondary School of Fine Arts. His stage credits include co-directing and performing in Per Rabbit Heart (Celebrate Drama! 2016), and was most recently an ensemble member in The Finger Players’ Starring Hitler: As Jekyll and Hyde (2016).
DRAMATURG/ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – MYER WONG
Myer Wong is an aspiring theatre maker with experience in writing, directing and dramaturgy. All You Say is Nothing (2016) was his first foray into dramaturgy and he hopes to continue his practice in this field, furthering his understanding of creating theatre as a whole. Currently approaching his final year in SOTA studying theatre within the IBCP, he has written and staged two plays—The Water Stories (2013) and Kitto (2015) which he also directed.
SOUND DESIGNER - MATTHIAS TEH
Matthias is in his final year at SOTA. Exposed to theatre since primary school, he believes that it is a powerful platform; inspiring change and highlighting our humanity. Outside of sound design, Matthias majors in acting, writes plays and poetry, plays music and sings.
STAGE MANAGER - KOH YI WEI
Yi Wei is an aspiring performer and creator, seeking to use theatre an entry point into understanding and working with the youth and elderly communities in Singapore. She has recently graduated from the IBCP. Prior to that, she was also part of the GCSE O-Level Drama Elective Programme. She has been involved with several productions, including Last Seen (2016) and Handle with Care (2016), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017) as performer, and Per Rabbit Heart as Stage Manager. She also interned with Paper Monkey Theatre for their Esplanade Moonfest production, The Magic Lantern. She hopes to continue performing in the future, whilst exploring the different facets of theatre, channelling her skills into creating works that are socially relevant, and making them accessible to the wider public.
CAST – ANDRE CHONG
Andre is a SOTA Theatre Student who was an ensemble member in W!LD RICE’s Cinderel-Lah (2010) and Aladdin (2011), before landing the role as Young Joseph in Family Outing (2011). He interned at Checkpoint Theatre in 2015, moving on to read People and Family Outing at the launch of Joel Tan: Plays Vol. 1 (2016), and performed at You Are My Needle, I Am Your Thread (2015). Outside of school hours, Andre has collaborated with his classmates to direct, write, choreograph, and perform in four student initiated productions.
CAST – COCO WANG LING
A year 6 IBCP Theatre student of SOTA, Coco enjoys performing both on and off-stage. She has performed in several school productions such as Yummy Mummies (Independent Plays, 2015), Body Of Land (M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival, 2016), SUCCEED-A-THON 2017 (SOTA Productions, 2017) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SOTA Productions, 2017). She hopes to pursue her interest in physical theatre, stage management and production management.
CAST – JOAN DWIARTANTO
Joan began her dance training when she was three years old and continued to pursue dance at SOTA’s IBCP. Joan performed in annual SOTA productions such as Becoming (2014-2016) and Rapport (2013-2016). She has performed in Singapore Dance Theatre's Sleeping Beauty (2011) and performed as The Doll and other roles in The Nutcracker (2015) by Jeffrey Tan. Joan has also performed In Their Hands (2015) at the World Dance Alliance and at the National Day Parade 2016. She aspires to become a professional dancer.
CAST – REBECCA ASHLEY DASS
Rebecca is an aspiring actor and director. Her stage credits include The King and I (2007), Blackbird (2009), Spring Awakening (2012), Annie (2012), independent devised productions Axles (2013) and Penguin (2015) that were invited to be staged at SDEA’s Celebrate Drama, The Proposal (2013), Waiting for Godot (2015), Henry VI (2015), devised productions Last Seen and Handle With Care (2016) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017). Rebecca’s short film credits include Bright (2006), War Child (2007) and Happy Place (2009).