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The Orange Production - Acting Mad

Mental illness does not discriminate. Although there is more access to information, many still suffer silently or face stigma when they come out with their illness. What is this experience like for actors in Singapore? Are they expected to just deal with their mental health issues because they are seen as 'tortured artists' and 'so full of drama'?

Twenty actors who have experienced or are going through mental health issues were interviewed for this project. Acting Mad is based on the verbatim texts of these interviews. 

Can sharing our stories, and creating theatre, be a form of solace and support? 

Featuring: Al-Matin Yatim, Andre Chong, Karen Tan and Masturah Oli

Director: Haresh Sharma
Lighting Designer: Stella Cheung
Text: Haresh Sharma, Harris Albar and Maryam Noorhimli

Find out more about We Were So Hopeful Then, the first production in this series here

Start Sales Date

15 May 2019, 9am

Other Channels:
15 May 2019, 10am


Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
(with no interval)

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Rating / Age Limit

  • No admission for infants in arms and children below 13 years old
  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance
  • Rating: To be advised

Photography / Video Recording Rules

  • No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is permitted for this event

Through All SISTIC Channels

S$20 for Local & Overseas Students / Senior Citizens (55 years old & above) / Full-time National Servicemen
[Valid from 15 May 2019 onwards]
[Verification: Present valid Student Pass / ID / SAF 11B (Military IC)]
[Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry]
[Patrons unable to present proof of eligilibilty are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets]

         There is no past without colonisation,             and there is no future without it.As we commemorate the bicentennial of the founding of Singapore, let us take a moment to express our gratitude to our founding father/s for their foresight in transforming Singapore from a small fishing village to a global metropolis. We are civilised!Let's marvel at how, all over the world, our land has been plundered, our laws kept archaic and our freedoms curtailed by those in power. Let us honour our pursuit of economic success and excess [nothing less will do], as we continue to colonise today-through money, discrimination and land conquests, even in space. We are civilised!Because after all, through colonisation, we are civilised! We are also schooled and silenced.Written by Haresh Sharma and directed by Alvin Tan, Civilised by The Necessary Stage is a groundbreaking new work that takes you on a wild ride through the complications and violence of colonisation past, present and future.Featuring:Edith PodestaGhafir AkbarKoh Wan ChingLian Suttonand Siti Khalijah ZainalSet Design by Vincent LimLighting Design by Adrian TanCostume Design by Max Tan and Yuan Zhiying of MAX. TANMultimedia Design by He ShumingRating: R18 (Mature Content and Coarse Language)
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The Orange Production - We Were So Hopeful Then
Welcome to the 2025 Singapore Theatre Icon Awards, where we want to pay tribute to YOU! Celebrate with us and witness the unveiling of our industry icon of the year. Would it be the cleaner we pretend was invisible, or the driver we ignore? Or could the accolade be given to the rigger we never see on stage, or the transcriber who’s not even acknowledged? Who are these people beyond their job descriptions—and do we even care?Written by Ellison Tan and directed by Alvin Tan, We Were So Hopeful Then looks at invisibility in our working environment, and invites us to question the rationale and implicit biases of public accolades and garlands. Featuring: Henrik Cheng, Myra Loke, Sindhura Kalidas and Zaaki NasirDramaturg: Melissa LimLighting Designer: Stella CheungMultimedia Designer: Yusri SapariFind out more about Acting Mad, the second production in this series here
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Event Date
Wed, 7 - Sun, 11 Aug 2019

Wed to Fri : 8pm
Sat: 3pm & 8pm
Sun: 3pm


Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: $28
(This is a Free seating event)