TRIP 2023: No Particular Order
Joel Tan’s startling and apocalyptic new play dives into questions of authority, fascism and civil liberty through fragmented vignettes.
A despot has come to power. The population is anxious, submissive and scared. But beneath every violation of civil liberty, there are real human beings; behind every act of resistance, there is an individual willing to risk everything.
And these people aren’t heroic or remarkable – they’re just like us.
Through a series of vignettes involving the lives of bureaucrats, soldiers, artists and tour guides, No Particular Order charts the fate of a society in turmoil to ask at every step of the way: is it empathy, or power, that endures?
Joel Tan’s No Particular Order first debuted in May 2022 at London’s Theatre503.
Described as “startling and apocalyptic”, the play was shortlisted for the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award as well as the 2022 George Devine Award. This performance marks its Singapore premiere.
A programme of TRIP—a platform to showcase work by early-career directors. Director: Sim Yan Ying “YY” Playwright: Joel Tan Performers: Arielle Jasmine Van Zuijlen, Karen Tan, Pavan J Singh and Shrey Bhargava Lighting Designer: James Tan Sound Designer: Lee Yew Jin (Ctrl Fre@k) Set Designer: Hella Chan Production Manager: Evelyn Chia (The Backstage Affair) Stage Manager: Carolene Ruth Liew (The Backstage Affair) Assistant Stage Manager: Irish Alcantara (The Backstage Affair)