For something a little different from watching the usual Hollywood blockbuster movies how about introducing the world of theatre to your teens? Singapore has plenty of theatrical plays staged by home-grown production houses which you and your teenage children may find insightful, relevant and intellectually challenging.
Theatrical plays are a great starting point for conversations with your maturing child. You could for example, discuss the main leads and supporting characters motivations, the choice and intricacies of the play’s setting, stage lighting, sound effects, plot development, props and costumes. What purpose does each serve? What is the message the production seeks to convey?
The teenage years are a time when many of us become aware not only of ourselves, but also of others. Theatre is an art form which encourages us to explore the human condition and it can often be a meaningful introduction to more serious discussions with our growing children.
Here are some theatre companies with event offerings throughout the year.
Esplanade Presents ‘The Studios’
Visit the Esplanade’s Facebook for listings by The Studios, one of Esplanade Theatre’s signature programmes that develop, showcase and support local artists in creative and innovative theatrical productions.
Founded by husband-wife team Adrian and Tracie Pang, this company is committed to bringing stories to life on the stage in an adventurous and dynamic manner. Visit Pangdemonium’s Facebook for theatre schedules.
Checkpoint Theatre is helmed and founded by playwright Huzir Sulaiman and his wife Claire Wong. Visit Checkpoint’s website for details of productions. Books and publications are also available.
Contemporary Malay theatre collective “Hatch Theatrics” is mentored by Noor Effendy Ibrahim. Check out Hatch’s Facebook for upcoming events.
Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT)
Notable productions have included the Shakespeare in the Park series featuring productions such as The Merchant of Venice. Ideal for Literature as well as non-Literature students alike! Visit their website for upcoming plays and events.
Adapted from an article first published on 29 May 2014 on Dads for Life Toolbox