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The Orange Production - We Were So Hopeful Then

Welcome to the 2025 Singapore Theatre Icon Awards, where we want to pay tribute to YOU! Celebrate with us and witness the unveiling of our industry icon of the year. Would it be the cleaner we pretend was invisible, or the driver we ignore? Or could the accolade be given to the rigger we never see on stage, or the transcriber who’s not even acknowledged? 

Who are these people beyond their job descriptions—and do we even care?

Written by Ellison Tan and directed by Alvin Tan, We Were So Hopeful Then looks at invisibility in our working environment, and invites us to question the rationale and implicit biases of public accolades and garlands. 

Featuring: Henrik Cheng, Myra Loke, Sindhura Kalidas and Zaaki Nasir

Dramaturg: Melissa Lim
Lighting Designer: Stella Cheung
Multimedia Designer: Yusri Sapari

Find out more about Acting Mad, the second production in this series here

Start Sales Date

15 May 2019, 9am

Other Channels:
15 May 2019, 10am


Approximately 1 hour
(with no interval)

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Rating / Age Limit

  • No admission for infants in arms and children below 13 years old
  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance
  • Rating: To be advised

Photography / Video Recording Rules

  • No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is permitted for this event

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S$20 for Local & Overseas Students / Senior Citizens (55 years old & above) / Full-time National Servicemen
[Valid from 15 May 2019 onwards]
[Verification: Present valid Student Pass / ID / SAF 11B (Military IC)]
[Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry]
[Patrons unable to present proof of eligilibilty are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets]

The Orange Production - Acting Mad
Mental illness does not discriminate. Although there is more access to information, many still suffer silently or face stigma when they come out with their illness. What is this experience like for actors in Singapore? Are they expected to just deal with their mental health issues because they are seen as 'tortured artists' and 'so full of drama'?Twenty actors who have experienced or are going through mental health issues were interviewed for this project. Acting Mad is based on the verbatim texts of these interviews. Can sharing our stories, and creating theatre, be a form of solace and support? Featuring: Al-Matin Yatim, Andre Chong, Karen Tan and Masturah OliDirector: Haresh SharmaLighting Designer: Stella CheungText: Haresh Sharma, Harris Albar and Maryam Noorhimli We are conscious that Acting Mad may contain moments pertaining to mental health and suicide that can be distressing for some individuals. If you would like to us to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact us at Tel: 6440 8115 or via email at admin@necessary.orgAll correspondences and communications will be kept strictly private and confidential. Thank you.Find out more about We Were So Hopeful Then, the first production in this series here
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Event Date
Wed, 31 Jul - Sun, 4 Aug 2019

Wed to Fri : 8pm
Sat: 3pm & 8pm
Sun: 3pm


Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: $28
(This is a Free seating event)