Alvin Tan (Singapore)
Alvin is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Necessary Stage since 1987. He is also the co-Artistic Director of the annual international M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. One of the leading proponents of devising theatre in Singapore, Alvin has directed more than 70 plays which have been staged locally and at international festivals. He has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and served as a member of the curatorial panel for TransLab, an initiative created by the Australian Council for the Arts to promote intercultural theatre and performance.
In 2010, Alvin was conferred the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettresby the French Ministry of Culture, in recognition of his significant contribution to the arts.
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SHOWCASE: DRAMATISED READING & DISCUSSION
Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma (Singapore)
1 June 2012, Fri, 1.30pm (reading 75mins, discussion 45mins)
Esplanade Theatre Studio
Model Citizens (Unplugged)
This "unplugged" dramatised reading of Model Citizens, written by Haresh Sharma, distills and brings into sharper focus the essence of how different cultures found in Singapore interact with one another. Characters and relationships, a very fundamental tenet of realism, are of prime importance in the issue-based, character-driven intercultural works of The Necessary Stage. It is hoped that the dramatised reading prepares the audience for the subsequent discussion as well as those who are taking part in the workshop, Playing with Characters.
Intercultural Theatre – Is It Urgent?
Following the reading is a discussion with Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma of The Necessary Stage. Interculturalism, unlike multiculturalism, is the interaction of difference. There are differences in ethnicity, nationality, class, geography, and history. How does theatre deal with these differences in co-existence? We have been a global village for some time now and things are not well. This era has seen a rise in intolerance, discrimination and racial hatred. We have weak mechanisms to manage difference as our focus has been on the capitalistic economy. The world has arrived at all our doorsteps, and national boundaries and identities are melting away. The nation is the world. And intercultural theatre is urgently relevant. It is the canvas upon which we can begin the much needed conversations we have yet to have.
Playing with Characters
by Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma
1 Jun 2012, Fri, 4pm (60mins)
Esplanade Bay Room
Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma of The Necessary Stage share their creative process with participants, which involves the creation of characters from a series of card game exercises, followed by the development of story, plot and themes in their composition process.
Playing with Characters is their approach of involving actors as primary creators of the characters the actors themselves are going to shape and eventually perform on stage. What are the possible ways for the playwright, director and actors to work on a horizontal plane, rely on chance occurrence and intuitive creative inputs, to forge a creative collaborative mode guided by a collective ethos? Is it sustainable? Join Alvin and Haresh in this exploratory workshop to find out.