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The Necessary Stage

There is no past without colonisation,
and there is no future without it.

As we commemorate the bicentennial of the founding of Singapore, let us take a moment to express our gratitude to our founding father/s for their foresight in transforming Singapore from a small fishing village to a global metropolis. We are civilised!

Let’s marvel at how, all over the world, our land has been plundered, our laws kept archaic and our freedoms curtailed by those in power. Let us honour our pursuit of economic success and excess [nothing less will do], as we continue to colonise today-through money, discrimination and land conquests, even in space. We are civilised!

Because after all, through colonisation, we are civilised! We are also schooled and silenced.

Written by Haresh Sharma and directed by Alvin Tan, Civilised by The Necessary Stage is a groundbreaking new work that takes you on a wild ride through the complications and violence of colonisation past, present and future.

Performed in English, Mandarin and Malay.

Edith Podesta
Ghafir Akbar
Koh Wan Ching
Lian Sutton
and Siti Khalijah Zainal

Set Design by Vincent Lim
Lighting Design by Adrian Tan
Costume Design by Max Tan and Yuan Zhiying of MAX. TAN
Multimedia Design by He Shuming

Credits: The Necessary Stage


15 – 26 May 2019
Wed – Fri: 8 PM
Sat: 3 PM & 8 PM
Sun: 3 PM

1.5 Hr (with no intermission)

Standard: SGD 36
Concession (for Student/Senior Citizen/NSF): SGD 28
Bundle Promotion (min 10 tickets): SGD 32.40 per ticket

Facebook: @thenecessarystage
Instagram: @thenecessarystage

May 16 2019


Date: May 16, 2019
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: S$28 – S$36
Event Categories: Hot, Performing Arts, Theatre
Website: Visit Event Website


Black Box, The Necessary Stage

278 Marine Parade Rd, Singapore 449282
Singapore, Singapore 449282 Singapore

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  • Wednesday, 15 May: 8 PM
  • Thursday, 16 May: 8 PM
  • Friday, 17 May: 8 PM
  • Saturday, 18 May: 3 PM, 8 PM
  • Sunday, 19 May: 3 PM
  • Wednesday, 22 May: 8 PM
  • Thursday, 23 May: 8 PM
  • Friday, 24 May: 8 PM
  • Saturday, 25 May: 3 PM, 8 PM
  • Sunday, 26 May: 3 PM


The Necessary Stage
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