Insider’s Guide Issue 28

Published on 27 October 2015

Many of us love the arts but can’t afford the time or don’t know where to start. Here’s a nifty guide of handpicked events which should give you a good flavour of Singapore’s busy arts scene.

The Spirits Play  by The Finger Players
5-15 Nov, Tue-Fri 8pm, Sat 3pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm
Drama Centre Black Box
$10, $30, $35

Directed by the multi-award-winning Oliver Chong, this revival of  playwright and Cultural Medallion recipient Kuo Pao Kun’s Singapore classic, tells of five Japanese spirits — a General, Man, Mother, Girl and Poet —  who try to make sense of their lives during the Second World War.


The Blue Trees by Konstantin Dimopoulos

5 Nov – 30 Nov , Various times
Dhoby Ghaut Green

The Blue Trees, a spectacular environmental art installation, makes its Asian debut right here in Singapore. Be among the first to view it and be a part of this historic moment by signing up for one of the community painting sessions to create the artwork. Part of National Arts Council’s initiative “Art in Your Neighbourhood”, a programme designed to bring the arts to you, making it easy for one and all to enjoy an enriching arts experience.

Edit: “The Blue Trees” by Konstantin Dimopoulos has been postponed until further notice. 


An American in Singapore 1965-70

Till 5 Nov, Tue-Sun 12pm-7pm, closed on Mon and public holidays
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Brother Joseph McNally
Gallery, LASALLE College of the Arts

While serving in the Embassy of the United States of America in Singapore from 1965 to 1970, George Porter spent much of his leisure time photographing people, subjects and landscapes in Southeast Asia. This exhibition presents Porter’s images of Singapore, and works created by students, in response to them.


Kafka on the Shore by The Esplanade Co Ltd

30 & 31 Oct 2015 , 8pm | 1 Nov 2015, 2pm
The Esplanade
$48 – $118

Celebrated Japanese theatre icon Yukio Ninagawa returns with a striking theatrical adaptation of much-beloved author Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore. The bewitching tale, vividly presented against a series of multilayered sets, features an ensemble cast led by the Japan Academy Award-winning Rie Miyazawa (The Twilight Samurai), and noted actors Naohito Fujiki and Nino Furuhata.

Murakami’s characters inhabit a magical, surrealistic world brought stunningly to life through the sure hand of a theatre master.


Mind Map of Love by Skinned Knee Productions

4-7 & 11-14 Nov, 8pm
ZOTT’S True Alps, 97 Amoy Street
$160 (includes dinner)

Feast while playing the role of fate at this adults-only dinner show by playwriting prodigy Marcia Vanderstraaten. Choose your own adventure, each with a deliciously different ending. Featuring a stellar cast including Brendon Fernandez and Liz Lazan.


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