Esplanade Presents



An Esplanade Commission
Written by Joel Tan
Directed by Tan Shou Chen (Singapore)

18 Aug 2023, Fri, 8pm

19 Aug 2023, Sat, 3pm & 8pm

20 Aug 2023, Sun, 3pm

1hr 30mins

(Intermission: None)

Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

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Photo credits for Joel Tan: Crispian Chan

An old playground in Ang Mo Kio is slated to be bulldozed. Three 20-something friends and a stranger gather to protest its demolition. What starts as a well-meaning but ill-conceived protest escalates quickly to a night of reckoning. Relationships are tested, convictions challenged and identities scrapped. Much like the playground itself, the lives of these four characters are sucked into an endless cycle of forgetting, destruction, loss and letting go.


An ode to the hang-ups and dramas of a generation coming of age, Joel Tan’s Mosaic is a funny and witty look at the rose-tint of nostalgia and the uncertainty of change.


Mosaic was first produced and presented in 2013, and subsequently restaged in 2015 with a revised script. The Straits Times called it "joyful and heart-warming," while TODAY Online praised it as "vivid" and "beautifully rendered." Don’t miss this fresh staging by Tan Shou Chen, with a brand new cast comprising bright talents from Singapore’s next generation of actors.


Playwright: Joel Tan

Director: Tan Shou Chen

Performers: Coco Wang Ling, Irsyad Dawood, Andre Chong, Rebecca Ashley Dass

Set Designer: TK Hay

Costume Stylist: Yvette Ng

Lighting Designer: Alberta Wileo

Sound Designer: Jing Ng

Sound Engineer: Guo Ningru

Producer: Shridar Mani (The Public Space)

Production Manager: Cindy Yeong

Technical Manager: Kailash

Stage Manager: Celestine Wong

Assistant Stage Manager: Chong Wee Nee

Key Visual Design: Akbar Syadiq


Singapore Sign Language Interpretation


Advisory 16: Some mature content and coarse language.

Recommended Age: 16 and above.
Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: Performed in English, no surtitles. Singapore Sign Language available on 19 Aug, 3pm.
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Artist Information

Joel Tan

Joel Tan is a Singaporean playwright based in London and Singapore. Recent works include The Butterfly Lovers (Victorian Opera/Wild Rice), No Particular Order (Theatre 503, The Studios: TRIP at Esplanade), shortlisted for the George Devine Award, Tartuffe (Wild Rice), When The Daffodils (Orange Tree Theatre); Living Archive (Royal Court); Ghosts in the Blood (Audible UK) and Augmented Chinatown (Chinese Arts Now). Upcoming work includes new plays with Wild Rice, the Royal Court, Headlong Theatre and the Almeida Theatre.


Joel also works inter-disciplinarily and has collaborated with visual artists, poets, musicians and dancers as a writer, director and dramaturg.

Tan Shou Chen

Tan Shou Chen is a recognised theatremaker from Singapore with credits that spans acting and directing. Opera directing credits include Henry Purcell’s Dido (The Opera People, 2023) and George Friederich Handel’s Alcina (The Opera People, 2021) and Orestes by Ifigenia (Singapore International Festival of the Arts, 2019). Other directorial works include Tony Perez’s On North Diversion Road (SMU Arts Festival, 2021); Joel Tan’s A Bird Calls You to Moscow (Singapore International Festival of the Arts, 2020); The Box (Seven Eight Musical Collective 2020; 13.13.13, (Theatreworks SG, 2018); Open Waters (Bangkok Theatre Festival 2017, NAC Creation Grant) MEDEA (The Substation’s Director’s Lab, 2014); Now Then Again by Penny Penniston (NUS Arts Festival 2016); Words and Music (NUS Arts Festival 2015); Mixed (Theatrework’s Community Tour, 2017) and Makan Memories (National Gallery opening festival, 2015).


Shou Chen is also an educator, teaching at NUS, SUSS and SMU.

Date & Time

Singapore Sign Language Interpretation

18 Aug 2023, Fri


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

19 Aug 2023, Sat


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

20 Aug 2023, Sun


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
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