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“Singapore’s most fearless theatre company.”

Kirsten Han, Southeast Asia Globe




A terminally ill woman hires a digital legacy company to record video greetings for her children to watch long after she is gone.

In our technologically accelerating world, this scenario of social media legacy planning has become a reality. In the digitised future, memories can be made immortal. Our data can be turned into bots. Protests can happen from the comforts of our own homes. Humans, androids and robots are all adrift in cyberspace.

The Necessary Stage continues its 30th anniversary season with another provocative work—Sanctuary, an international collaboration with HANCHU-YUEI, one of Tokyo’s most innovative theatre companies.

It presents assorted characters—from social media influencers to virtual personal assistants—through the lens of hot-button issues of the day such as surveillance, alternative fact and post-life.

Sanctuary investigates the fragility of the human condition, at a time when technology is eroding our humanity. We are the data, but the data is never ours.

Playwrights: Haresh Sharma & Suguru Yamamoto

Directors: Alvin Tan & Suguru Yamamoto

Dramaturg: Ken Takiguchi

Lighting: Yo Shao Ann

Set: Vincent Lim

Sound: Bani Haykal

Visuals: Kazuki Takakura

Performers:  Audrey Luo, Ellison Tan Yuyang, Fumi Kumakawa, Mikie Tanaka,  Kan Fukuhara, Sachiro Nomoto & Yazid Jalil

Start Sales Date

4 Aug 2017, 9am

Other Channels:
4 Aug 2017, 10am

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Malay
  • Japanese
  • Subtitles: English

Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

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Rating / Age Limit

  • Advisory: Some Coarse Language
  • No admission for infants in arms and children below 12 years old
  • Children 12 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

Venue Accessibility

  • Please note that the venue is not wheelchair accessible, and is also not accessible via elevator. 

Through All SISTIC Channels
S$28 Tickets for Local & Overseas Students / Senior Citizens (55 years old & above) / NSFs
[Valid from 4 Aug 2017 onwards]
[Verification: Present valid Student Pass / ID / SAF 11B (Military IC)]
[Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry]
[Patrons unable to present proof of eligibility are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets]

S$28 Tickets for Persons With Disabilities (PWD)
[Valid from 4 Aug 2017 onwards]
[Verification: Present valid Concession Card issued by TransitLink]

10% Discount for Group Booking of minimum 10 tickets for a single show
[Valid from 4 Aug 2017 onwards]

Event Date
Wed, 1 - Sun, 12 Nov 2017

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

Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: S$36 (Free Seating)