Experience the need to question everything, and realise the answers aren’t all that necessary. Bringing what was once an experimental original script to the mainstage, Toy Factory Productions is proud to open the year 2019 with a play titled ‘The Transition Room’, that will provide the audience with a fresh start to the year!
Come February, Toy Factory Productions explores the identity of self by utilizing absurdist elements and challenging theatre norms. Previously staged as a dramatized reading held at Toy Factory’s very own creative space at NOWplaying@17, The Transition Room will be taken a step further and be transformed into a full-length theatrical production.
Conceived by Toy Factory’s Associate Artistic Director, Stanley Seah, The Transition Room showcases his take on dealing with fundamental questions about life through a relatable protagonist as he ventures through mysterious rooms. Audiences will be led on a journey through these rooms with the protagonist as he searches for answers that all of us want to know as well.
“Original stories written and performed by Singaporeans add to the repertoire of our unique voice, and is much quicker in accessing the empathic and creative bone of a young adult because they can identify with it immediately.” Explains Stanley Seah, on his take of the presentation of original works to the masses.
Taking a bold and inventive storytelling angle, audiences will be challenged, in terms of disrupting the conventional theatre rule by breaking barriers between the audiences and the stage, as Stanley Seah and the cast take them on a roller coaster ride through the rooms. A play that toys with your emotions and puts your patience to the test, the production is definitely a unique one with an ending that will catch you off guard.
The Transition Room is performed by a dynamic cast of actors in the scene with exciting fresh faces that are anticipated to add colour to the play. The creative team features young, dynamic but collaborators: Vivien Lau as Set Designer, Tai Zi Feng as Lighting Designer and Vick Low as Sound Designer.
• Reinventing theatre for the modern audience
With the usage of unconventional theatrical methods purposefully crammed into a desirable 1 hour and 15 minute runtime, frequent theatre goers and the public alike will be able to witness fresh elements in the play directed by the daring and driven Stanley Seah. Theatre in the 21st century is often in need of reinvention, and The Transition Room is a play that aims to artfully deliver a rebirth of theatrical conventions and expectations while keeping the audience engaged throughout its duration.
• Existentialism and the meaning of life
At the dentist holding room, queuing up for food at a hip cafe or being stuck on a plane for 13 hours – existence as you know it is a series of compromising wait. This warped play will attempt to explore the theme of existing in a non-existential world, where waiting is still very much a key element of subsistence but with higher stakes than anyone can ever imagine; while conjuring up a major question: if the meaning of life is that it has no meaning, then what is the meaning of anything?
• Cast and creative team
Performed and created by a group of people with diverse backgrounds, colours and sparks will be much anticipated by the dynamic cast and creative team. Being a more experienced player in the arts scene, having Marc Valentine Chia on board will lend his expertise as he re-joins Toy Factory Production for another exciting collaboration. Acting alongside Marc are five young and budding actors Victoria Chen, Hui Er Tan, Jazmine Monaz, Christer Jon Aplin and Kaykay Nizam, that will certainly add spice and flavour to the show.
Working together with a tenacious team of designers Vivien Lau, Vick Low and Tai Zi Feng, be sure to expect an inventive interpretation of The Transition Room created by them.
The Transition Room
21 Feb to 2 Mar
Drama Centre Black Box
100 Victoria Street, #05-01 National Library Building