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SINGAPORE THEATRE FESTIVAL 2018
BUILDING A CHARACTER
Synopsis

BUILDING A CHARACTER (WORLD PREMIERE)

Presented By: W!LD RICE
Written By: Ruth Tang
Directed By: Mei Ann Teo
Starring: Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai

Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai is a young Indian actor with her whole career ahead of her. But the path forward is uncertain. She gets excited reading casting notices until she reaches the part that states: ‘Chinese or Pan-Asian preferred.’ She’s been told, ‘You’re pretty for an Indian.’ She tries on different accents and gets better service if she sounds American or British.

How many actors are there like her on stage? Are there industry experts who know how to light her skin or do her make-up? Is acting a way for Sangeetha to get closer to the truth... or is it just a form of escapism? Which is more difficult for her: playing a Cantonese-speaking Lady Macbeth, or her own mother?

Inspired by Konstantin Stanislavski’s second handbook on acting, Building A Character is a frank and intimate dialogue between actor and audience. Written by poet-playwright Ruth Tang and directed by Mei Ann Teo, this is a brave and incisive work about trauma, time travel and transformation.

Start Sales Date

Priority Sales (W!LD RICE Angels)
Internet:
9 Apr 2018, 9am - 17 May 2018, 12am

Other Channels:
9 Apr 2018, 10am - 16 May 2018, 8pm

Early Bird Sales
Internet:
23 Apr 2018, 9am - 17 May 2018, 12am

Other Channels:
23 Apr 2018, 10am - 16 May 2018, 8pm

Public Sales:
Internet:
17 May 2018, 12am

Other Channels:
17 May 2018, 10am

Language

English

Duration

Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes
(No intermission)

Promoter Name
Wild Rice Ltd

Rating / Age Limit

  • IMDA Rating: To be advised
  • No admission for infants in arms & children below 12 years old.
  • Patron 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

Through All SISTIC Channels
15% Discount for Early Bird
[Valid from 23 Apr to 16 May 2018]

20% Discount for Early Bird DBS/POSB Credit/Debit Card
[Valid from 23 Apr to 16 May 2018]

25% Discount for Festival Pass: Early Bird
[Purchase tickets to 3 or more different shows]
[Valid from 23 Apr till 16 May 2018]

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Event Date
Thu, 5 - Sun, 8 Jul 2018

Thu - Sun: 7.30pm
Sat & Sun: 3pm

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Ticket Pricing
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Standard: S$45
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