The Necessary Stage presents
in collaboration with Cake


Being in Singapore
Being a model citizen in Singapore
Being a dementia patient in Singapore
Being censored in Singapore
Being a political detainee in Singapore
Being off centre in Singapore
Being Malay in Singapore
Being a teacher in Singapore
Being an Indonesian maid in Singapore
Being in a hospice in Singapore
Being fundamentally happy in Singapore
Being a Chinese MP in Singapore
Being a young person in Singapore
Being a suicide case in Singapore
Being an artist in Singapore

Over three decades, The Necessary Stage and actors-collaborators who have been partners in the making of the company’s devised plays have revealed to us over and over again—in profound, heartbreaking and funny ways—what it means to ‘be’ in Singapore.

Vinod | Radha Krishnan | Eric Sim Guan Yeow | Noorhayati Yusof | Sergeant Mok | Jali Bin Mohd Fariz | Mrs. Chua | Mrs. Phua Su Lin | Alisha | Melly | Saloma and many more

Away from the buzz of the rehearsal room and in a solitary space where a playwright dwells for a time, Haresh Sharma forms up direct, powerful, honest, smart, funny words that enable these characters to speak into the very soul of our city.

Being Haresh Sharma is a work helmed by Cake Theatrical Productions’ Natalie Hennedige that looks at Haresh’s body of writing over 30 years. It makes bold, unexpected links and associations, mapping stories and characters in ways that surface the social, political and spiritual aspects of life here; it brings it all together with unexpected and exciting performance energy; sparking new ways of looking at his words and of experiencing performance and theatre.

Directed by Natalie Hennedige
Text based on plays by Haresh Sharma
Performed by
Ghafir Akbar
Jean Ng
Julius Foo
Jo Kukathas
Karen Tan
Siti Khalijah Zainal

29 June – 1 July 2017, 8pm
1 – 2 July 2017, 3pm

Drama Centre Theatre

$45 | $36 | $28*
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