Less than a month to go before M1 Singapore Fringe Festival returns in 2020
We’re less than a month away from the M1 Singapore Fringe 2020!
Catch a distinctive collection of Singapore’s artists, as well as international acts, bringing their best to the big stage. Whether you like theatre, dance, music, visuals — the Fringe has it all. Get ready to laugh and cry along, and have the time of your life.
The annual festival’s theme is always different, and this year it is “My Country and My People”, named after Lee Tzu Pheng’s famous 1976 poem.
Four decades later, the confusion and alienation she discusses in the verses still ring true to many Singaporeans. How often do we go about our day feeling disconnected from our country and our neighbours? Perhaps not even in tune with our own bodies, trapped in a shell or husk. The festival acts lined up explore this topic more and each touch the mind, heart and soul in their own unique ways.
A special pre-festival exploration of Lee’s iconic poem “My Country and My People” was also held late last month.
The two standout acts for Fringe 2020 are “Beside Ourselves”, a full-body theatrical experience, and “Kebaya Homies”, a delightfully irreverent trip through time. (Scroll up and you’ll see both pictured all the way up there as this article’s main photo).
“Besides Ourselves” sets out to investigate what makes us human and what connection truly means in the age of interconnection, while “Kebaya Homies” is a jaunty musical ride illustrating the trajectory of Malay culture, all the way from 1960 to our near futures.
If you want something more interactive, “Secretive Thing 215” is a mysterious adventure, conducted on foot with instructions only coming from your phone.
Don’t stop at just three! The festival has so much to explore, much of it exclusive. You don’t want to miss this exploration of Singapore’s past, commentary on its present, and hopes for the future.
The festival runs from 8 to 19 January (Wednesday to Sunday).
Tickets are SGD27 a show, with a sweet SGD19 concession for any students, NSF, senior citizens and PWD card holders.