OFF CENTRE: A NECESSARY RESOURCE WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BY ALVIN TAN, LAREMY LEE AND AKANKSHA RAJA
Off Centre: A Necessary Resource is the much-awaited guide to Off Centre, one of Singapore’s most celebrated plays. This resource guide comprises material that will greatly benefit all educators and students of Off Centre. It features pedagogical notes, insights on the play, as well as a question and answer section with the playwright, Haresh Sharma.
Off Centre made history in 2007 by being the first Singapore play selected by the Ministry of Education to be offered as a GCE O- and N-Level literature text. The play, best remembered for presenting an honest and unflinching look at mental illness and the social prejudices surrounding it, has been back on the syllabus since 2018.
Off Centre: A Necessary Resource also features:
Founder and Artistic Director of The Necessary Stage, Alvin Tan shares his insight on directing and staging Off Centre
Educator Laremy Lee provides a useful guide on approaching narrative, characters, themes, and theatrical and stylistic devices in the play
Journalist Akanksha Raja reflects on her experience studying Off Centre
Off Centre: A Necessary Resource is available at The Necessary Stage and other select bookstores.
Hands Down is a comedy about a married couple that finds themselves facing off in a challenge to see who can keep their hands on a car for the longest period of time in order to win it.
The catch: whoever puts his or her hand down first loses the car – and the marriage to boot.
This year’s Going Local comprises four short plays, including Dressing Up by Gwendolyn Lee, Don’t Colour Outside Of The Lines by Jaryl George Solomon and The Untitled Funeral Play by Luke Vijay Somasundram.
There are four shows, as follows:
Fri, 26 June, 8pm, Tampines Primary School Black Box
Sat, 27 June, 7:30pm, Toa Payoh Central Community Centre
Fri, 3 July and Sat, 4 July, 8pm, Zhenghua Community Centre
Standard tickets are $20 while concession tickets (for students, senior citizens and national servicemen) are $15.