These are extraordinarily trying times. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent safe distancing measures have meant that theatres had to be shuttered, productions cancelled, and numerous theatres practitioners suddenly left bereft of jobs—and income.
While we totally understand that these unprecedented circumstances require that we prioritise the safety and wellbeing of our artists, production crew and audience, we must rally together as a community as well, support one another, and hopefully come through this trying period stronger and much more resilient.
You, our audience, are an integral part of our community. We want to ensure you remain connected to the arts, and can access theatre wherever you are whilst keeping safe.
That's why we're providing free access to a selection of our productions during this period. The current free-to-access video recording is listed below.
If you'd like to check out our other production videos, head over to our digital archives at tnsarchives.com. Keep safe, everyone, and stay resilient. We can get through this together.
The Necessary Stage
Video recording of the production commissioned for Esplanade’s Pesta Raya 2016
Free access from now till 26 May 2020, 2359hrs
Rosnah is a young Malay Muslim woman who leaves home for the first time to study in London. As she navigates her new environment with determination, she forges new connections with friends who differ from her in all respects—personality, race and religion. Would she be able to balance tradition and liberal ideals without losing her identity?
One of The Necessary Stage’s well-loved early plays by Resident Playwright and Cultural Medallion recipient Haresh Sharma, Rosnah is a monodrama of a Singapore Malay Muslim woman in London as she journeys through youth and womanhood to discover her own voice.
First staged in 1995 at Tampines Regional Library, then at The Substation’s Guinness Theatre in 1996, Rosnah starred Aidli ‘Alin’ Mosbit and was performed in Melbourne in 1997 to critical and popular acclaim. The play was revived in 2006 as part of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, directed by Mosbit herself while Young Artist Award recipient Siti Khalijah Zainal took on the titular role.
Performed entirely in Malay for the first time, Siti reprises her role in this 2016 staging, directed by Cultural Medallion recipient Alvin Tan (Founder and Artistic Director of The Necessary Stage).
Previous livestreams include:
Online Watch Party on 16 April 2020
The Necessary Stage's Theatre for Seniors
REFLECTIONS FROM HOME
A series of video monologues and improvisations in response to the COVID-19 circuit breaker
The Necessary Stage's (TNS) Artistic Director Alvin Tan invited several members from Theatre for Seniors to create short monologues, sharing their personal responses to COVID-19 and how it has turned their lives around.
After their first video monologues as part of the initial Reflections from Home, TNS and the four senior performers excitedly re-grouped to discuss what could be done next. They decided to shift away from monologues towards exploring their group dynamics via an interactive piece co-created over Zoom.
Since then, the seniors have created several improvisations based around specific topics and prompts. Find out more about the installments below.