RAW: precise purpose of being broken


RAW: precise purpose of being broken
Adapted from texts by Haresh Sharma
Directed by Koh Wan Ching
Devised and performed by Chelsea Crothers, Chng Xin Xuan, Grace Kalaiselvi, Lina Yu and Wendi Wee Hian
A work-in-progress by The Studios: RAW

precise purpose of being broken is a new work-in-progress adapted from a special collage of 10 texts by Haresh Sharma, some of which have never been published or even staged.

Featuring characters who are as broken as they are illuminated, and as doomed as they are hopeful, this work is devised and developed with a strong ensemble of female performers – Chelsea Crothers, Chng Xin Xuan, Grace Kalaiselvi, Lina Yu and Wendi Wee Hian – all of whom come from exciting training backgrounds ranging from the Viewpoints Method of Actor Training to traditional Asian art forms. Together they revisit the somewhat faded landscapes of their collective memory, pass through familiar spaces both comforting and contentious, and lose their footing on grounds that seem to provide potent signs of recognition.

Directed by theatre-maker Koh Wan Ching (nominee for Best Director in the 2016 Life! Theatre Awards), and designed in collaboration with Jason Ng, this piece is workshopped over an extended period, beginning in the latter half of 2016. Throughout the process, we have experimented with the integration of sound and movement, technique and imagination, dance and theatre. The artists look forward to having an audience in the room, to carry on the process of making the piece and receiving feedback. They have made sense of the texts, as individuals and as a collective, followed different threads to fruition and frustration, and they invite you to do the same when you come to the theatre.

Performed in English, with some Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
Approximately 1hr 30 mins, with no intermission.

There will be a post-performance dialogue after each showing.


The work-in-progress showings for precise purpose of being broken on 13 & 14 Apr 2017 are now fully subscribed.

If you would like to be included on our waiting list, please email us at thestudios.esplanade.com with the following information, and we will notify you if any places open up for the showings:

  1. Full name

  2. Email address

  3. Contact number

  4. Date of the showing you would like to attend (13 Apr 8pm or 14 Apr 8pm)

  5. Number of places you would like to have (Limited to a maximum of 4 places per person)

For any further queries, you can reach us at thestudios@esplanade.com.

About RAW
RAW is a developmental platform within The Studios for artists to present their works-in-progress. Audiences are encouraged to gain a deeper insight into the creative process of our artists through these presentations, and welcome to join our artists and industry practitioners in the post-performance discussions.

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