Intercultural Theatre Institute to hold double bill showcase performed by graduating cohort Nov 9 – 11

"Fall & The Music Lovers - A Double Bill" will encompass the theme of "Life's Ups and Downs".

Ong Chin Wen

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Published: 10 October 2023, 4:49 PM

A double bill by graduating students from the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) Professional Diploma in Intercultural Theatre (Acting) programme will be held from Nov 9 to 11 at the Esplanade Theatre Studio. 

Titled Fall & The Music Lovers – A Double Bill, this theatre showcase will be the graduating batch’s final public production as part of their curriculum. The actor-students have gone through two years of intensive theatre training and previously performed another play titled The Chair earlier this year. 

The five final-year students performing in this showcase are Abinaya Jothi, Yolanda Cheng, Choy Chee Yew, Mika Kindstrand and Swathilakshmi Perumal. Award-winning Australian director, Aarne Neeme will be directing this production.

The Production

“Life’s Ups and Downs” is the central theme of this theatre showcase, and will be explored in its two contrasting plays. 

The first play, Fall, explores themes of loss within a family dealing with an impending tragedy. It will also explore past events and future prospects, prompting audiences to reflect on the meaning of life on a personal and community level.

The second play in this double bill is The Music Lovers, a lighthearted tale of mistaken identities that ends in an amicable resolution. 

“The tragedy of Fall invites compassion for suffering and fear of fate, while the farce of The Music Lovers encourages laughter at the vagaries of life, celebrating its remarkable continuance,” said Aarne.

Through the production, ITI hopes to highlight the incredible talent of the students and provide a theatrical experience that resonates with audiences. The performers will be challenged by the juxtaposition of acting styles in both plays and have to demonstrate their emotional and physical acting skills to create an engaging performance.

Showtimes and Ticketing Details

Performance times for Fall & The Music Lovers – A Double Bill will begin at 7.30pm on Nov 9 to Nov 11. A matinee performance starting at 2.30pm will also be held on Nov 11. The theatre production will run for two hours and forty-five minutes, inclusive of a 15 minute interval.

The production will include some mature content and coarse language. Admission to the theatre performance is only permitted to those aged 12 and above.

Tickets to the theatre showcase are priced at $27. Students, NSFs and Senior Citizens are eligible for a 20% discount on the tickets, excluding booking fees. Those interested to watch the plays can book tickets to the showcase via ticketing website Peatix

More information can also be found on the ITI website.

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