Esplanade Presents


International Friendship Day

An Esplanade Co-production
The Necessary Stage (Singapore)

25 – 28 Jun 2024

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1hr 30mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Recital Studio

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Photo Credit: Tuckys Photography

Cancellation Notice

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the performances on 25 Jun, 5pm and 28 Jun, 2.30pm have been cancelled. Do check out our other programmes under the Feed Your Imagination (F.Y.I) series.


It’s International Friendship Day at MPSS but friendship seems to be the last thing on the students’ minds.


While the foreign students Adi, Anton and Liqin are questioning what to showcase at their booths and why there isn’t one for the local students, the Drama Club boys are unhappy about them not putting any effort towards the much-anticipated Singapore Youth Festival (SYF).


Meanwhile, Carys is facing pressure at home for losing her spot as the school’s top Maths student.


Will she lose her top spot to an international scholar?

Will the Drama Club boys get the foreigners to join in the chorus?

Will Adi get the booth of his choice?


Join us at International Friendship Day with the MPSS students as we discuss cross-cultural differences in this interactive theatre piece!


Written by Cultural Medallion recipient Haresh Sharma and directed by TNS' Associate Artist Lim Shien Hian, International Friendship Day promises an invigorating and engaging interactive theatre experience for youths to explore and understand cross-cultural differences.


International Friendship Day was first commissioned by Singapore Kindness Movement in 2015 and was restaged as part of Peer Pleasure 2016 and as an online interactive experience under Esplanade’s Feed Your Imagination 2021.


It is supported by the National Arts Council as part of the NAC School Arts Excursion Programme.


Learning Objectives


  • Explore issues related to integration between Singaporean and non-Singaporean students

  • Develop a sense of empathy and compassion for others

  • Develop the ability to consider and incorporate multiple perspectives for effective communication

  • Acquire empowerment skills to enact positive changes


Assistive Listening

Recommended Age: Secondary – Tertiary
Admission Age:
7 and above.
Language: English
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Artist Information

The Necessary Stage

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Established in 1987, The Necessary Stage (TNS) is a non-profit theatre company with charity status. Our mission is to create challenging, indigenous and innovative theatre that touches the heart and mind. TNS has the honour of being the only arts company in Singapore helmed by two Cultural Medallion recipients: Artistic Director and Founder Alvin Tan and Resident Playwright Haresh Sharma. The company is also the organiser and curator of the annual M1 Singapore Fringe Festival.


Having presented more than 100 original plays in Singapore and abroad, TNS remains focused on breaking new ground in original local content and intercultural exploration. For its Main Season, TNS produces an average of two plays a year at various venues. The plays are original, mostly devised pieces created in a collaborative process that is based on research, improvisation before scripting, and input from all members of the production.


TNS has also been unwavering in its efforts to nurture new talents and local content, through various platforms including youth- and senior-oriented training initiatives, commissions at the Fringe Festival, and laboratory and developmental platforms such as The Orange Playground, The Orange Production, and most recently in 2020, the TNS Devising Platform. The company also has a comprehensive online archival portal at, providing the public access to its 30 years of history.


For more information, visit and


TNS is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026.

Assistive Listening

Assistive listening system is available for this venue. Hearing aid users with a Telecoil-enabled programme can benefit from the system provided. Please arrive at the venue 30 min before the performance so we can assist with the setup.

Date & Time

Assistive Listening

25 Jun 2024, Tue


Esplanade Recital Studio

26 Jun 2024, Wed


Esplanade Recital Studio


Esplanade Recital Studio

27 Jun 2024, Thu


Esplanade Recital Studio


Esplanade Recital Studio

28 Jun 2024, Fri


Esplanade Recital Studio
Tickets & Prices
Price $27


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Tote Board Arts Grant

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