The Necessary Stage brings back play about abilities to conform to change in November

‘________Can Change’ consists of three short segments about Indians, homosexuals as well as Marxists.

Naren Sankar

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Published: 14 September 2021, 4:27 PM

A play about three groups in Singapore and their ability to change is coming to the Esplanade Recital Studio in November.

Called ________Can Change (pronounced as Blank Can Change), it consists of three short segments: Indians Can Change, Homosexuals Can Change and Marxists Can Change. The production stars Karen Tan, Joshua Lim, Masturah Oli and Tan Guo Lian Sutton.

It runs from Nov 10 to 14, with showtimes at 8pm on Nov 10 to 12, 3pm and 8pm on Nov 13, and 3pm on Nov 14. Tickets to the show cost $38, with students, full-time National Servicemen and senior citizens entitled to a $10 discount.

The play is directed by Alvin Tan, who achieved a Cultural Medallion in 2014. It touches on topics such as racism, religious intolerance and alternative lifestyles.

It was last staged in 2010 with the segment Singles Can Change being replaced with Indians Can Change this year to “[re-frame] its intention to reignite faith in the middle ground, to facilitate the disruption of the tired way issues often become so easily polarised when we allow life to be held ransom by ideology”, said Alvin Tan.

Audience members can look forward to a refreshed look in the coming staging, with lighting design and set coordination by Liu Yong Huay Faith, multimedia design by Jevon Chandra, and costumes by MAX.TAN.

Tickets for the play can be purchased through here.

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