The News: Issue 46

Published on 5 July 2016

TEXT BY JO TAN

Musicals? All Write!

Innamorati Two requires its actors to pen their own songs too.

Innamorati, by Toy Factory Productions, was an original 2014 musical starring mainly young Mandopop singers in Singapore, and incorporating their personal stories into the show. This year’s Innamorati Two gives its youthful cast — featuring faces from the previous edition such as Chriz Tong, as well as new faces like Ann Lek — even greater ownership over the show. The singers will be guided in the penning of their own original compositions, which will be performed as part of the musical. Watch out, triple threats: looks like singing, acting and dancing are no longer all that’s expected of musical actors.

Innamorati Two opens 22 September. Tickets available from www.sistic.com.sg.

Art Search

Artists, here’s your chance to work with a major brand.

Art-makers in Singapore are invited to share their personal interpretation of the theme ‘The Search’ through original paintings, photography or animation. One selected submission will score its creator an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Art Basel 2017 in Hong Kong, plus an opportunity to collaborate with Rip Curl on a clothing collection. Closing date is 30 September. More details available at asia.ripcurl.com/content/microsites/artistofthesearch.

Hit Festivals

New festivals at surprising locations win over audiences.

Quality art shines irrespective of its location, as two relatively new festivals in June showed. On 10 & 11 June, FRANK Presents: Bandwagon Riverboat II (in its second edition) eschewed a standard concert hall to show off various indie musicians and bands — including Noise alumnus Bittymacbeth — on three levels of a docked riverboat, attracting over 600 audience members.

Meanwhile, the inaugural Twenty-Something Theatre Festival spent two June weekends staging entirely new plays by youngsters not only at the Black Box theatre of Goodman Arts Centre, but also within the compound’s various classrooms using quick and creative setups.

Says Twenty-Something Theatre Festival producer Tan Kheng Hua, “Many of the shows from fresh, unknown playwrights sold really well. I loved watching this bunch of young creatives work really hard to do something they believe in, and their joy when the work paid off. I would love to have another edition of the festival, but I would need financial support again… any takers?”

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