Returning for the second year, A Wonderful Weekend is a two-day event featuring workshops, staged readings, a stand-up comedy night and sale of handcrafted creations with an emphasis on resourcing and repurposing the old and seemingly mundane into spectacular gift ideas. And for those who love a good bargain, there are also pre-loved pieces available that are hard to resist.
Fresh + Raw
Catch a one-night onlv live comedy hosted bv Sharu Channa, featuring Jacky Ng, Deepak Chandran, and a crazy bunch of inspired comedians.
Jones is confused. More confused than usual, at least. His flight has been delayed for an eternity, his fellow passengers make no sense, and the airline rep is actively (and gleefully) unhelpful. When his boarding gate is changed to Gate 51, it seems to promise a way out for Jones. Only one problem – there is no Gate 51. With the assistance of a mysterious woman, Jones will go to any length to find his gate and board the plane, even if it kills him. Which it just might.
Potholes is a metaphysical meditation on hubris, guilt and the absurd. Inspired by the schizophrenic Wang Ching-yu – who in 2018 was convicted of a seemingly senseless murder of a 3-year old toddler, Liu Yi Jie (Little Lightbulb) – Potholes brings audiences face-to-face with the fragility of human perception, rationality, actions and consequences.
It asks a question prevalent in Taiwan in the wake of Little Lightbulb’s murder: can we feel safe confronted with a Wang Ching-yu who operates within his own logic?
But Potholes also ventures further to ask: could we see Wang Ching-yu in us?
Malavika features a middle-aged lawyer, Agni. His name denotes fire, but his inner fire seems to have burnt out, perhaps due to the ennui of the daily grind; perhaps because of mid-life angst; perhaps as a result of the perpetual erosion of his self-esteem. When a new domestic helper from a troubled country comes to work in his home, the beauty of her songs rekindles Agni’s passion for life. Will the master’s love for his maid lead to his salvation, or to tragedy?
This play is the second in a trilogy that deconstructs, reframes and modernises three seminal plays by the eminent classical playwright Kalidas. While the first engages with visual arts and the third with dance, Malavika accords a significant place to music, in the form of an original song written and composed by Gillian Tan.