17 Oct 2018, 5pm
In this lecture performance, actress Sharon Frese explores the history and influence of the African diaspora in Singapore. Dredging the archives, she shares images and documents relating to slavery, colonialism, jazz and nationalist struggle, reaffirming the value of black culture as part of our shared heritage.
This event is both a history lesson and a theatrical ritual. The creators commemorate the untold numbers of black men and women—enslaved, indentured and expatriate—who crossed the oceans into unknown territory. They draw strength from these tides, which Indian convicts called the “black water”—in Hindi “kala pani”, or in Malay “ayer hitam”.
Please note that this venue is not wheelchair accessible.
This production is presented with support from Centre 42.
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
Rating / Age Limit
- Rating: TBC
- No admission for infant in arms and child aged below 13 years old
- Patron 13 years old and above must purchase ticket for admission
Photography / Video Recording Rules
- No photography, video recording and audio recording is allowed for this event.
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Sharon Frese is a British Afro-Caribbean theatre practitioner. Her passion for theatre was indulged for seven years at The English Theatre Frankfurt, stage managing and performing in productions. Resident in Singapore for the past 10 years, she has performed in works with The Necessary Stage and Avant Theatre. She also created and performed a monologue, The Extraordinary Travels of Miss British, at The Necessary Stage’s first The Orange Playground Lab.
Irfan Kasban, an interdisciplinary artist, enjoys crafting multi-layered performances stemming from issues that he resonates with. As a playwright-director with 12 years of experience, he has explored themes of faith, marginalisation, displacement and sovereignty. Irfan gravitates to performance forms that are site-specific, physical, textual, and character driven. He draws inspiration from film, music, myth, religion, folklore, anthropology, and culture—shifting energies from the notions of traditional “western” theatre. Irfan is currently an Associate Artist with Teater Ekamatra.
Ng Yi-Sheng is the youngest poet to win the Singapore Literature Prize, which he received for his debut collection Last Boy. His other books include Loud Poems for a Very Obliging Audience, A Book of Hims and SQ21. As a playwright, he has collaborated with theatre companies such as TheatreWorks, W!LD RICE, Toy Factory Productions and Musical Theatre Ltd to produce works such as Hungry, The Last Temptation of Stamford Raffles, 251, Reservoir and Georgette. He is a founding member of the spoken word troupe the Party Action People and co-organises IndigNation: Singapore’s Pride Season.