Singapore’s leading bilingual theatre company Toy Factory Productions is proud to present its first production for 2017, PRISM. A thought-provoking play that explores the limits of one’s threshold for pain and loss, PRISM spotlights the struggle between progression and development, and eroding a nation’s heritage and culture, through a storyline that will resonate with audience given the parallel in the current state of affairs locally.
An original script penned and directed by Toy Factory’s Chief Artistic Director Goh Boon Teck in 2003, PRISM was first staged as a grand multi-cultural theatrical performance that featured performing artistes and designers from six countries; including Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia. Today, the premise of the script remains relevant, especially in Singapore where development is slowly but surely usurping more local treasures.
In line with Toy Factory Productions’ unwavering commitment to provide the opportunity and platform for budding local talents, the upcoming PRISM is helmed by rising director Rei Poh; a consummate actor last seen in Toy Factory’s Titoudao, and features an all-Singaporean cast comprising several fresh faces led by Fir Rahman, who recently headlined the high-profile local feature film, ‘The Apprentice’ (Cannes Film Festival 2016).
Director Rei Poh shares his approach to his adaptation, “The story told is simple; one of progression versus loss, through a narrative that is familiar to most of us. I would like the audience to ‘feel’, more than ‘watch’ the show, since pain and loss are more deeply felt and conveyed through experience, than explained.”
Aman, an urban city development official, starts to question his work of demolishing old historical buildings to make way for new cityscapes. Faced with the task of informing the residents of the impending demolition of the city’s oldest heritage ‘The Surrounding City’, Aman experiences the wrath of the city, despair of her dwellers and confronts his personal ambivalence about the price of material gains.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PRISM
- Fir Rahman from Cannes Film Festival 2016 ‘The Apprentice’ takes the lead
Lauded for his performance in Boo Junfeng’s ‘The Apprentice’, Fir Rahman takes the lead as ‘Aman’ in his first collaboration with Toy Factory Productions. He brings with him his experience from his notable film and television stints locally and across the causeway.
- Themes of pain and loss
To heighten the sense of ‘pain’ and ‘loss’, the team carefully considered each and every element within the production to further evoke these feelings; from the textures and colours of the set, to the sound and even make-up.
- Stalwart supporting cast and creative team
Besides veteran local thespians Alvin Chiam, Farah Ong and Trey Ho, budding new actors Farez Najid, Lina Yu and Ching Shu Yi are anticipated to inject sparks to the dynamic cast. Lianhe Zaobao’s pick for rising star to watch, Choreographer Goh Shou Yi lends his expertise in this first collaboration with Toy Factory Productions, while local architect and design studio owner Leong Hon Kit undertakes his first Set Designer role.
Date: 23 February to 5 March 2017
Time: 3pm (all days except 23 February), 8pm (all days)
Venue: 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building, Drama Centre Theatre, Level 3
Ticket Prices: $75 (Cat 1), $65 (Cat 2), $55 (Cat 3), $42 (Cat 4)
Duration: 2 hours (no intermission)
Ticket Agent: SISTIC, visit www.sistic.com.sg or call (65) 6348 5555
(not inclusive of $4 SISTIC booking fee)