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The Studios 2019: Mergers & Accusations (R18)
Written by Eleanor Wong
Directed by Chen Yingxuan
An Esplanade Commission and Production
Synopsis

Jonathan and Ellen are best friends. They love each other*, got married, and had a child, just like everyone else.

A fairy-tale ending, surely?

At least that’s what they thought, until Lesley, an openly gay lawyer shows up at work one day.

* It's complicated. Ellen wants to be with women without the strings, and also with Jonathan (after a fashion). Jonathan wants to be a dad, with Ellen as the mum, if possible.

Open captioning available for all shows.
R18: Mature themes

Playwright Eleanor Wong
Director Chen Yingxuan

Performers 
Oon Shu An  
Shane Mardjuki 
Amanda Tee 
Nessa Anwar 

 

Start Sales Date

Internet : 10 Jan 2019, 9am
Other Channels : 10 Jan 2019, 10am

Language

English

Duration

Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, with no intermission

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★★★★★“Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.” - Daily Telegraph★★★★★“Ian McKellen's detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph.” - Evening Standard★★★★★“This King Lear is an intensely moving experience.” - The Stage Witness Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear on the big screen at the Esplanade Theatre.Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season.  Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.Rating to be advised.
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Raga ULA by Bharathaa Arts
Ula is a body of devotional Tamil literature that dates back to the Pallava period (275 CE to 897 CE), focused on the veneration of a deity during a temple procession and expressed through the eyes of women.The first part of the ula typically exalts the bedecked idol with its entourage of gods, goddesses, sages and demi gods. In the second half, the deity is described through the seven stages of womanhood: as a playmate, a lover, or one who gives spiritual guidance.In this production, Bharathaa Arts presents a dance production based on Chokkanadar Ula, which depicts seven images of the Lord Shiva in different ornaments and riding a series of vahana (chariots). Each image corresponds to a stage of womanhood.First performed by Anjana Anand in Chennai, this restaging features female dancers of different ages reviving the beautiful ancient literature through bharatanatyam. With music by Bhagavatulu Seetarama Sarma, ULA will transport you back to a time where the temple was the cultural centre of poetry, music and dance.
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Limelight 2019 Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Symphonic Band
Made up of over 100 members, Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Symphonic Band has a wide-ranging repertoire that has entertained and enthralled the public-at-large, with different genres of music catering to different audiences. Joining the band at this concert is the Ang Mo Kio Alumni Wind Ensemble, which has featured prominently in band concerts together with the school’s symphonic band since its formulation in 2006.Audiences can expect a night of music and entertainment, with the band preparing pieces such as Like the Eagle We Soar and Rise, A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman, and a rocking Deep Purple Medley.Bringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf of the ticket proceeds will go towards supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes that bring the arts to at-risk youth, the elderly, people with special needs, and other underserved communities. 
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Event Date
Thu, 11 - Sun, 14 Apr 2019

Thur - Fri: 8pm
*Sat: 3pm & 8pm
Sun: 3pm


*There will be post-show talks on 13 Apr, Sat.

Venue
Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: S$35
(Free Seating)