Singapore Repertory Theatre and Shan You decided to collaborate for the event-Mental Health, Let’s Talk: Suicidality to bring attention to this issue through a thought-provoking theatre performance, Silence Bubble. That was produced by SRT and designed to allow the audience to understand the struggles of suicide in an authentic but controlled setting that will enable them to reflect and digest the complexities of this issue in a non-confrontational manner.
Singapore has the second-highest rate of cyberbullying in the world, with three in four youths having experienced cyberbullying. Due to its virtual nature, cyberbullying usually goes on physically unnoticed. Instead, it leaves a mental scar, as victims of cyberbullying often feel lonely, anxious, and insecure. Acknowledging this, SRT would like to play our part to combat cyberbullying by using theatre as our natural weapon of choice.
Christopher Chen is an Obie award-winning playwright. His play CAUGHT was praised as “an intricately constructed, unrelentingly destabilizing puzzle of a play” by The New York Times. His plays examine the hidden patterns beneath complex systems: socio-political systems, psychological systems, systems of power. Read more to find out about his maximalist approach to playwriting, and how his identity influences his writing.
Founded in 1993, Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) is one of the leading English language theatre producers and presenters in Asia. In addition to its repertoire of original musicals like Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress, the company has produced a number of critically acclaimed plays that include ART, The Pillowman and God of Carnage. SRT was the first Singaporean theatre company on Broadway in 1998 as Associate Producer of Golden Child, which went from Singapore to New York and earned three Tony Award nominations.read more