Esplanade Presents


When Strangers Meet...

Grace Kalaiselvi, Elizabeth Sergeant Tan and Yazid Jalil (Singapore)

2 Jun 2024, Sun, 7.30pm & 9pm

5 Jun 2024, Wed, 7pm & 8pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse


We meet strangers all the time. A simple conversation may spark a new friendship, love, business deal or even a fight so bad, we wish to never cross paths again. What happens when strangers meet, unable to engage in speech and only having one facial expression? How will it end? Find out in this brand new work featuring larval masks by Grace Kalaiselvi, When Strangers Meet...


No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Artist Information

Grace Kalaiselvi

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Grace Kalaiselvi is an independent theatre actor, director, educator and writer. An alumnus of Intercultural Theatre Institute, she hopes to create more works representing minorities and the suppressed. Working in both English and Tamil languages, she does a range of creations suitable for young audiences, teenagers and adults.


Some her works include Come Back Home with Polyglot Theatre Australia, The Indigo Jackal, Marma Medai -Theerppu, Watching the World Go By, Paper Paravai & Amma’s Sarees for Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay; Rasanai and 3FVU for T:>works for N.O.W Festival and Angry Indian Woman - The Trial for Singapore Writer’s Festival. Her independent creations include the Mother I series and Goddesses of Words series. She has also acted in The Silence of a falling Tree and 0600 for Singapore International Festival of Arts and a line could be crossed… and Precise Purpose of Being Broken for M1 Singapore Fringe Festival.

Elizabeth Sergeant Tan


Liz is a multidisciplinary performer from Singapore. She is a graduate of School of the Arts and the Intercultural Theatre Institute (2016). She has performed with companies like Singapore Theatre Company (Caught, 2019); The Theatre Practice (Four Horse Road, 2017, 2020), and in festivals like the M1 Fringe 2021, in Kalaa Utsavam 2021, 2022 and 2023, and even as the devil in Devils Cherry, SIFA 2022. As of April, she has been an associate artist at Chowk Productions, a movement company specialising in odissi dance.


Having enjoyed a broad swath of performances in plays and movement pieces, she’s now leaning towards movement forms like butoh to stretch her expression, and also towards the camera, in commercial work and short films. Recently, she got to be on her first television set, playing Rosita in Come Closer, available on MeWatch. Some things that interest her include cultural liminality, gender perception/performance, and the way bodies fit in architecture. She's very pleased to be working with masks again in this year’s edition of Flipside!

Yazid Jalil

As an actor, director, writer, and devising collaborator, Yazid has credits in over 60 professional theatrical productions in the last 18 years.


As an alumnus of the Intercultural Theatre Institute and the École Philippe Gaulier, Yazid believes in cross-disciplinary collaborations through encountering the unknown.


When not performing, Yazid enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with students. He is currently an adjunct lecturer at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LASALLE College of the Arts.


As a teaching-artist, Yazid values sincerity, sharing of joy, and collaboration above all else. He hopes to empower more youths with agency and critical thinking through arts education.

Date & Time

2 Jun 2024, Sun


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

5 Jun 2024, Wed


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

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