Esplanade Presents | The Studios


I am trying to say something true

An Esplanade Commission and Production

Written by Michelle Tan
Directed by T. Sasitharan
12 – 15 Apr 2018 Thu – Sun
Thu & Fri: 8pm
Sat*: 3pm & 8pm
Sun: 3pm
12 – 14 Apr 2018 : 8pm
14 & 15 Apr 2018 : 3pm
1hr 20mins (no intermission)
Esplanade Theatre Studio
*The performance on 14 Apr, Sat, 8pm includes a post-show talk.

Advisory: Some mature themes.
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Concession for students: $17
Concession for NSFs and seniors: $25

Package of 4: $130


^Esplanade&Me Special

White Card: $31.50
Black Card: $28

Tote Board Arts Grant

All Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges / Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost.

For more details, please contact Esplanade Box Office at 6828 8389 or email

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“There is no new way to write about loss. At the heart of it the same old clichés live and breathe and repeat themselves: I miss him / I wake up thinking I’d still see her face / I miss his voice / that was her favourite shirt / I want to remember the smell of his hair – but this person is no longer there. They are no longer there.”

Risa is 28 years old. Her name means laughter. She seems to have it all together, until a sudden change in her circumstances forces her to confront the conflict between who she is and who she tries/wants to be – and to struggle with articulating what it means to live in this tension.

There is no new way to write about loss, so instead this is a story about heartbreak and humour and hope; about God, therapy, and the journey of a young woman processing a grief deferred.

Creative Team

Playwright Michelle Tan
Director T. Sasitharan

Performer Ellison Tan Yuyang

Lighting Designer Genevieve Peck
Sound Designer & Music Composer Bani Haykal
Set Designer Chun Kaifeng
Costume Designer Yuan Zhiying of MAX.TAN

Producer Lynn Yang, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Production Manager Amy Wee, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Stage Manager Carolene Ruth Liew, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Assistant Stage Manager Zenna Yeo Xiao Yu

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Things To Note

Road closures around Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay on 26 Apr 2018 | More info 

Road closures around Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay on 29 Apr 2018 | More info 

Admission for ages 6 and above, unless otherwise stated.

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General Advisory

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