The Necessary Stage


There is no past without colonisation,
and there is no future without it.

As we celebrate commemorate the bicentennial of the colonisation founding of Singapore, let us take a moment to express our gratitude to our founding father/s for their foresight in transforming Singapore from a small fishing village to a global metropolis. We are civilised!
Let's marvel at how, all over the world, our land has been plundered, our laws kept archaic and our freedoms curtailed by those in power. Let us honour our pursuit of economic success and excess [nothing less will do], as we continue to colonise today—through money, discrimination and land conquests, even in space. We are civilised!
Because after all, through colonisation, we are civilised! We are also schooled and silenced.
Written by Haresh Sharma and directed by Alvin Tan, Civilised by The Necessary Stage is a groundbreaking new work that takes you on a wild ride through the complications and violence of colonisation past, present and future.

15 – 18 & 22 – 25 May 2019, 8pm
18 – 19 & 25 – 26 May 2019, 3pm

at The Necessary Stage Black Box


Tickets at
$36 | $28*
(excluding SISTIC ticketing fee)
* Concessions for students, senior citizens and NSF.
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R18 (Mature Content and Coarse Language)


Edith Podesta
Ghafir Akbar
Koh Wan Ching
Lian Sutton
and Siti Khalijah Zainal

Dramaturg: Melissa Lim
Set Designer: Vincent Lim
Lighting Designer: Adrian Tan
Costume Designers: Max Tan and Yuan Zhiying of MAX.TAN
Multimedia Designer: He Shuming

production photos