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The Rat Trap centres around a retired, elderly father, Mr. Soh and his daughter, Shih-An, attempting to catch an intrusive rat appearing in the house. Mr. Soh's alcohol addiction and his daughter's waning patience begin to get in the way.
Starring veteran actor Lim Kay Siu, Yap Yi Kai and Darren Guo playing a humanized rat, The Rat Trap revolves around a tender relationship between father and daughter, their shared love for music and the metaphor of their struggles in the literal rat trap of life.
This work is developed under Gateway ...
Start Sales Date
18 Jan 2021, 9am
1 hour 20 minutes
SISTIC Online stream will start on 28 Feb 2021.
Show begins at 9pm, viewable until 7 Mar 2021 11.59pm.
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Euginia Tan (Playwright)
Euginia Tan is a Singaporean writer who writes poetry, creative non-fiction and plays. Her playwriting credits include Holidays (mentored by Joel Tan), Tuition (Twenty Something Theatre Festival), Dear Jay (Blue Bean Productions), Modest Travels (Uniqlo), Habits (Watch This Space programme and Fortunes (mentored by Haresh Sharma under The Necessary Stage Playwrights’ Cove). She was nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize in Poetry (2018) for Phedra (published by Ethos Books). She continues exploring different mediums of writing.
The Rat Trap is a new play conceived under the Gateway Arts' Artist-In-Residence Programme, mentored by Jean Tay.
Hazel Ho (Director)
Hazel was a co-founder and Producer at The Improv Company, and for 7 years devoted her energies to the creation of a thriving, sustainable improv community here in Singapore. She even once had to improvise live on Channel News Asia and prefers not to remember it.
Hazel has since left her role at The Improv Company to further pursue her first love and true passion: scripted theatre directing. She recently directed Café by Joel Tan in December 2020, as part of Wild Rice’s Directors’ Residency, and under the keen tutelage of Ivan Heng. She has previously worked with Euginia in directing her play Dear Jay at the Esplanade Theatre Studio in December 2016, and her play Tuition at the Twenty-Something Theatre Festival in June 2016.
Hazel graduated from the National University of Singapore with a B.A. in Theatre Studies.
Lim Kay Siu (Actor)
Kay Siu has been acting professionally since 1985 in Singapore, America, London and Germany. Stage credits include The Father (Pangdemonium); Drift (Drama Box), ITSY The Musical (The Finger Players); Decimal Points 4.44, Cheek (Cake Theatrical Productions); Lao Jiu The Musical, If There’re Seasons (The Theatre Practice); The Emperor’s New Clothes, HOTEL, Monkey Goes West, Family Outing, Blithe Spirit, Animal Farm (WILD RICE); Morning People, Army Daze (Toy Factory); Death of a Salesman, Oleanna (SRT); Three Japanese Women (Mu-Lan, London); and The Letter (Lyric Hammersmith, London). Musicals include Dick Lee’s Beauty World, Fried Rice Paradise and Nagraland (lead role and assistant director), as well as Piaf for TheatreWorks. Kay Siu also went to directing school at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama in 1994.
Yap Yi Kai (Actor)
Yi Kai's stage and television credits include Tan Tarn How's Press Gang (Wild Rice's Singapore Theatre Festival), Alfian Sa’at and Marcia Vaanderstraaten’s HOTEL (Singapore International Festival of Arts, Singapore Theatre Festival and OzAsia Festival in Adelaide), Euginia Tan’s Tuition (Twenty-Something Theatre Festival), Wild Rice's Public Enemy, Joel Tan’s Mosaic (M1 Singapore Fringe Festival) and Mediacorp’s Baby Bumps (Channel 5 Telemovies). She has worked with ACT 3 Theatrics as a special needs arts educator and spent some time in litigation before becoming a financial consultant. She has also dabbled in hosting, singing, radio broadcasting and voiceover work.
Darren Guo (Actor)
Darren Guo is a theatre practitioner and a bilingual performer. He was last seen in Cafe by Wild Rice. Some of his notable works include Art Studio by Nine Years Theatre, Citizen Dog by The Finger Players, and The Magic Paintbrush by I Theatre. He is currently a member of Emergency Academy. When he's not working on theatre projects, he bakes and serves up delicious cookies via his home-based business, @KnottyMunch.
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