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First Fleet (2020)

Co-presented by Nine Years Theatre and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC)


"The hardworking six actors play dual roles as both officers and convicts, in a careful layering that conveys Chia's ambitious onion of a script which unpeels multiple meanings with each scene change."
— Ong Sor Fern, The Straits Times

“《第一舰队》的剧情引入入胜,角色鲜明生动,演员爆发力强,设计充满惊喜,是九年剧场至今最震撼最感人的作品。”
— 柯思仁博士

"Playing on Nine Years Theatre's strongest asset, the ensemble work displayed in the First Fleet is brilliant (...) There is genuine emotion in each of their voices as they recount each history, often a quiet sadness that laces each one we cannot help but sympathise with."
— Cheryl Tan, Popspoken


Synopsis

They are not just convicts of the colony, they are to be citizens of the new world.

Nine Years Theatre and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre jointly present to you First Fleet. The audience will be seated on the stage of the Cultural Centre’s auditorium, as they set sail with the players to explore the relationships between theatre and humanity.

The year is 1787. The First Fleet of the British Empire sets sail for Australia with a group of convicts aboard, to establish a penal colony. Along the way, the Governor instructs one of his lieutenants to rehearse a play with the convicts, with the hope of using the power of theatre to rehabilitate them. But who has ever heard of an officer putting up a play with his convicts? Certainly not the other officers, priest, judge, doctor or the convicts, who all have reservations about such a ridiculous proposition. Will they eventually be able to stage the play successfully? For these officers and convicts, is the foreign land that they are attempting to build a penal colony in, a brave new world or simply a nightmare from hell?

*First Fleet is inspired by Thomas Keneally’s novel The Playmaker and other materials on the convict transportation to Australia.




Performed in Mandarin, with English surtitles,
including closed captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

Date and Time
14 – 23 February 2020
Thu - Sat: 8pm
Sat & Sun: 3pm

Venue
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Far East Organization Auditorium, Level 9

Duration
1 hour 50 minutes, with no intermission.

Playwright/ Director: Nelson Chia
Producer: Mia Chee

Cast:
Mia Chee*, Hang Qian Chou*, Neo Hai Bin*, Timothy Wan*, Jodi Chan, Shu Yi Ching
* Members of NYT Ensemble

Set: Lim Chin Huat
Lighting: Gabriel Chan
Sound: Ng Jing
Costume: Loo An Ni

Production Manager: Lam Dan Fong
Stage Manager: Tan Xiang Yi (Associate)

Key Visual and Title Logo: Ryan Loi
Key Visual Makeup: Delanie Wong

Ticket price
$42 (not inclusive of SISTIC charge)

9-Fan Membership Club
Join the “9-Fan” club to purchase a one-time single ticket at $28, and enjoy 15% off subsequent tickets!

Gen-9 Membership Club
Audience aged 16-25 are eligible to join the “Gen-9” club, and purchase a single ticket at $18!

*Ends 3 Feb.

Other Concessions/Discounts
"9-Fan" members: 15% off
Students, NSFs & senior citizens: 15% off
PAssion Card holders: 10% off
Available through SISTIC www.sistic.com.sg 6348 5555

For group booking of 20 tickets & above at a discounted rate: email tickets@nineyearstheatre.com




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