Knowledge Sharing

Nine Years Theatre's belief in learning and training is not limited to the creators, but extends to our relationship with our audiences. We aspire to create a platform in the form of lecture / workshop that shares knowledge of theatre arts with the spectators. Our objectives are firstly, to develop an informed audience who can better appreciate the works on stage and secondly, to in turn encourage the creators to continuously strive for quality in their productions.

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Audience Knowledge Sharing Platform -- Session 3

Dialogue Session:
Mandarin Theatre and the Revival of Classics:
The Historical Momentum of Nine Years Theatre's Establishment

Date: 8 February 2015
Time: 5.00 - 6.30pm
Venue: Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore
Free admission.
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In the 100 years of Singapore Mandarin theatre, productions of Western and Eastern classics such as those by playwrights Gogol, Molière, Ibsen, Brecht, Cao Yu, Ouyang Yuqian, etc. were common. They had enriched the landscape of our scene and opened up the horizons of the audiences. In the last 50 years, along with the historical trend to search for a Singapore identity, more and more plays with local sentiments and contents were being produced. Established in 2012, Nine Years Theatre stands out in the current climate with its practice of reviving the classics. What are the artistic ideas and mission behind its advent? How do we articulate the historical momentum that informed the characteristics of the company? In this dialogue session, theatre academic Dr. Quah Sy Ren and artistic director of Nine Years Theatre, Nelson Chia will discuss, from the perspective of Singapore's theatre history, the value of staging classics in our times and the future direction of the Nine Years Theatre.


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Past audience knowledge sharing sessions:
  1. What is a Classic Realist Play?
  2. Defining and Positioning the Singapore Mandarin Theatre