Esplanade Presents | Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 华艺节 2017


Actor, Forty

The Necessary Stage (Singapore)
3 – 6 Feb 2017
Fri – Mon
Fri & Mon: 8pm
Sat & Sun: 3pm & 8pm
3 – 6 Feb 2017 : 8pm
4 & 5 Feb 2017 : 3pm
Programme Booklet Download | 3.39 mb
1hr 15mins (no intermission)
Esplanade Theatre Studio
Performed in Mandarin, with some English, Cantonese and Hokkien, with English and Chinese surtitles.
There will be a post-performance talk for the evening performances on 3, 5 and 6 Feb.
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In real life, there are no rehearsals and no second takes.

Actor, Forty features Golden Horse Award-winner Yeo Yann Yann returning to the Chinese theatre stage in a special Huayi commission.

This new original monologue sees Yeo collaborating with Cultural Medallion recipients, director Alvin Tan and playwright Haresh Sharma of The Necessary Stage. Candid and conversational, it examines the myriad identities that we take on and cast off in life—just as an actor does when she adopts different roles.

Blurring the lines between actor and character, Yeo plays an actress who has just been cast in a contemporary remake of Summer Snow 《女人四十》, a 1995 Hong Kong film about a 40-something woman dealing with difficult family issues. The actress has a secret that she is struggling to keep under wraps—she is turning 40 and expecting her first child. Faced with the challenge of juggling a globetrotting job and raising a child, she confronts her hopes and fears. Will she still be able to find meaning in her career, and also play to perfection what could be her most challenging role yet—becoming a mother?

Directed by Alvin Tan
Written by Haresh Sharma
Performed by Yeo Yann Yann

Costume Design: Max Tan and Yuan Zhiying (MAX.TAN)
Lighting Design: Adrian Tan
Set Design: Kok Heng Leun
Sound Design: Julian Wong
Translation: Quah Sy Ren
Dramaturgy: Melissa Lim

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