Photography by The Pond Photography
Bosom buddies for the past 15 years, Serge, Marc and Yvan’s friendship is put to the test when Serge decides to pay a ridiculously high price for a modern painting – a white canvas with a few faint, white lines. Tension ensues when Marc calls the painting “a piece of white shit” and Serge decides to defend it stubbornly. Their differences in taste quickly degenerates into a relentless attack on each other’s failures in life. The absurdity of the situation escalates when Yvan, who is caught in the middle, vacillates between Serge and Marc as he tries to save the deteriorating friendship.

Hailed as her best-known comedic work, ART by French playwright Yasmina Reza is a woman’s keen observation of the complexities of friendship between men. This play has also won numerous awards in London and New York.

Created by the team behind Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Huayi 2012) and Twelve Angry Men (Huayi 2013), and directed by Nelson Chia, this production gathers three of the most acclaimed male actors from the Singapore Mandarin theatre scene – Oliver Chong, Peter Sau and Liu Xiaoyi, in this humorous and poignant performance.
Written by Yasmina Reza
Translated by Gong Baorong
Directed by Nelson Chia

Set design by Wong Chee Wai
Lighting design by Lim Woan Wen
Sound art by Darren Ng
Props design by Chan Lee Lee

Oliver Chong, Liu Xiaoyi, Peter Sau.

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© Nine Years Theatre
Directed by Nelson Chia.
A Huayi 2014 Festival Commission.
Performed in Mandarin, with English surtitles.

Date and time
7 Feb (Fri) - 9 Feb (Sun) 2014
Fri - Sun: 2.30pm & 8pm

Theatre Studio, Esplanade.

1hr 30min, no intermission.

Yasmina Reza
ART garnered 3 wins at the 15th "Life! Theatre Awards":
  • Production of the Year
  • Best Director - Nelson Chia
  • Best Actor - Peter Sau

It was also nominated for:
  • Best Sound Design - Darren Ng