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“Each year we try and finish our season with something either lighter or a musical with a kicker of a story. This year, we found both in Urinetown.”
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“Each year we try and finish our season with something either lighter or a musical with a kicker of a story. This year, we found both in Urinetown.”

Pangdemonium ends its 2019 season with a splash – Urinetown: The Musical gleefully takes the piss out of politicians, populism, “people power”, capitalism, corporate corruption, and musicals themselves! 20 years on, Urinetown continues to catapult musical theatre into a new dimension with its demented – yet uncannily familiar – depiction of a dystopian world, outrageous songs and a cunning knack of making you laugh ‘til you wet your pants. Urinetown is set in a fictional “most expensive city in the world”, where a cross-border water crisis has led to a government ban on private lavatories. The woeful water shortage sees the…
‘This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls’ Tackles Issues On Sexual Assault And Consent
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‘This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls’ Tackles Issues On Sexual Assault And Consent

Unabashedly bold and brutally honest, Director Tracie Pang and Playwright Ken Kwek present This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls, held at the Drama Centre Theatre till Sunday, 26 May 2019. Provocative and polarizing, Ken Kwek’s original work draws inspiration from the #MeToo movement. Flitting back and forth between storylines, the play follows four different pairs of characters whose lives intertwine and converge with one another at some point during the play: Undergrad Sean (Thomas Pang) and lecturer Amanda (Oon Shu An) embark in a risky relationship; Natasha (Tess Pang), a new hire at a company, and her team leader…
Late Company Review: A Gripping Play on Cyberbullying & Suicide
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Late Company Review: A Gripping Play on Cyberbullying & Suicide

Written by young Canadian writer Jordan Tannahill, Late Company is based on a Canadian teenager who committed suicide because he was bullied for being gay. With the central theme of teenage cyberbullying, the play cleverly navigates through related issues of how parenting, the societal environment, and polarising views on homosexuality could also impact the mental health of adolescences who are in the vulnerable phase of seeking their own identity. The plot revolves around a family, comprised of parents Bill and Tamara (played by Adrian Pang and Karen Tan) and their son Curtis (Xander Pang). As calm as they try to…
5 Questions with the Cast of Pangdemonium’s Latest Play: Late Company
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5 Questions with the Cast of Pangdemonium’s Latest Play: Late Company

Set up in 2010, Pangdemonium is a local theatre company dedicated to creating stories that are both challenging and relevant to the society we live in. This February, Pangdemonium is bringing Late Company written by Jordan Tannahill, to Singapore. Directed by Tracie Pang, the play touches on the difficult topic of cyberbullying, where it has escalated to the point of no reason and it became all too late to save the suicidal victim. We spoke exclusively to the cast and the director of Late Company to understand their creative process and what they hope to express through the play. 1.…
Dragonflies: Highlighting The Worst Of Humanity’s Darker Nature, Yet Holding Hope For Us All
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Dragonflies: Highlighting The Worst Of Humanity’s Darker Nature, Yet Holding Hope For Us All

Debuting to a sell-out run at the 2017 Singapore International Festival of Arts, Pangdemonium’s Dragonflies once again returns with a potent and renewed relevance in the political climate of today. Bringing to life a dystopian world set in 2021 against a backdrop of seething xenophobia, racism, fearmongering and the worst of humanity’s darker nature, Dragonflies explores the resultant trials and tribulations of an everyman — Leslie Chen and his family as they try to navigate the turbulence thrust upon their lives. This is not a play that expects audiences to stay happily muted in their seats. Right from the start…
Costa Coffee with Shakespeare: The Bardrista Strikes Back
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Costa Coffee with Shakespeare: The Bardrista Strikes Back

Costa Coffee’s back at it again, and this time they’ve gone and given themselves an upsize to none other than the Bard himself. A nod to his 400th death anniversary, this Costa Coffee event brought local actor and director Adrian Pang, artistic and managing director of Singapore Repertory Theatre, Gaurav Kripalani, director for the British Council Singapore, Roland Davies, and an old friend, local poet Marc Nair, to weigh in on the significance of the prolific William Shakespeare some four centuries later. Needless to say, we were also accompanied by one Mr. Caffeine and his pals – some good ole’ donuts,…
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