Esplanade Presents

Theatre

Everything For You

An Esplanade Commission
Nine Years Theatre
Written and directed by Nelson Chia (Singapore)

16 Feb 2024, Fri, 8pm

17 Feb 2024, Sat, 8pm

2hrs 20mins

(Intermission: None)

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Synopsis

“Chia’s ear for dialogue fills the script with an authentic hotchpotch of languages that reflects Singapore’s polyglot landscape.”
The Straits Times, on Between You and Me (2022)

 

What happens when a family decides that there should be no secrets? 

 

On the first day of the lunar new year, a family of three sisters gathered at their aunt's place to celebrate.

 

Older sister Shi Qi (Jean Ng) has an unlikely new boyfriend: Guo Fu Cheng (Rayson Tan), the owner of a funeral parlour—a relationship that her son disapproves of. Second sister Shi Lin (Sharon Au) is a veteran stage actress facing a midlife crisis. She dreams of becoming an internet celebrity, and later finds herself at odds with her daughter when she becomes involved in a play directed by her daughter. Then, without warning, younger sister Shi Jie (Mia Chee) returns alone from Australia without her partner, bringing a piece of devastating news. The atmosphere is tense, and the family is plunged into crisis. Despite their strong bonds, there seems to be no solution in sight for the family...   

 

Following the well-loved Between You and Me, commissioned by Esplanade and premiered at Huayi 2022, Nine Years Theatre (NYT) is back with another heartfelt play that depicts the anxieties of everyday Singaporeans. Featuring familiar and relatable characters, this play distills the essence of life, with bittersweet moments that invoke both joy and sadness, laughter and tears. Written and directed by NYT’s Artistic Director, Nelson Chia, Everything For You is an original play that features a stellar cast of actors such as Jean Ng, Sharon Au, Mia Chee, Rayson Tan, Johnny Ng, and Liow Shi Suen.   

 

Playwright and Director: Nelson Chia 

Cast: Jean Ng, Sharon Au, Mia Chee, Rayson Tan, Johnny Ng, Liow Shi Suen, Wendi Wee Hian, Mitchell Fang, Jayden Lim Jun De, Farah Ong & David Puvan 

Advisory:

Contains some mature content.

Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: Performed in Mandarin with some English, Malay, Tamil and Chinese dialects.
Surtitle Language: English
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Artist Information

Nine Years Theatre

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An award-winning company, Nine Years Theatre (NYT) is currently the only company under NAC’s Major Company Scheme that positions itself as a Singapore Mandarin theatre company. NYT sees Chinese culture as the foundation of its work but not the centre of its practice, and the company believes in the uniqueness of local Chinese culture and aspires to recognise and celebrate the multicultural identity of the Singaporean Chinese through theatre.  

 

NYT tells stories through live performances that remind us of our humanity. Since the beginning, the company has been invested in training actors, in order to create work that is consistent in quality. The company strives to entertain audiences in ways that are honest and thoughtful. Their work is recognised for being relatable and culturally layered, possessing deep sensibilities that speak to audiences from all backgrounds. Fluid in scale and genre, NYT creates performances ranging from original plays and transcreations, to interdisciplinary and international collaborations.  

  

Nine Years Theatre Ltd is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2025. It is a charity with IPC status. 

Nelson Chia

Co-founder and Artistic Director, Nine Years Theatre 

  

Nelson Chia is a director, performer, playwright, acting teacher and theatre lecturer. He has won Best Director four times and Best Actor twice at the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards. In 2012, Chia was the first Singapore artist to be commissioned for three consecutive years by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay to present a major theatre work at the annual Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts.  

  

In 2017, he transcreated Cultural Medallion writer Yeng Pway Ngon’s seminal novel Art Studio for the stage, which was commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) as the opening programme for the festival that year. In 2021, he collaborated with the renowned SITI Company from New York to present a hybrid version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters at SIFA 2020/21. Other commissioning and artistic partners he has worked with include Macau Arts Festival, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Singapore Writers’ Festival, The Substation, The Arts House, World Shakespeare Congress, T.H.E. Dance Company and Contemporary Legend Theatre (Taiwan), to name a few. 
  

Chia’s directorial works are marked by detailed and dynamic ensemble work. His original scripts and transcreations are known to be culturally layered, possessing sensibilities that speak to audiences from all backgrounds. In 2012, Nelson, with his wife Mia Chee, co-founded Nine Years Theatre (NYT) – currently the only company under NAC’s “Major Company Scheme” that positions itself as a Singapore Mandarin theatre company. NYT sees Chinese culture as the foundation of its work but not the centre of its practice. The company believes in the uniqueness of local Chinese culture and aspires to recognise and celebrate the multicultural identity of the Singaporean Chinese through theatre. 

Date & Time

16 Feb 2024, Fri

8pm

Esplanade Theatre

17 Feb 2024, Sat

8pm

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