Esplanade Presents


Three Years in the Life and Death of Land

An Esplanade Commission
The Necessary Stage (Singapore)

5 – 13 Aug 2023

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2hrs 15mins

(Intermission: 1 x 15mins)

Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

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Photo Credit: Tuckys Photography
Photo Credit: Tuckys Photography
Photo Credit: Tuckys Photography
Photo Credit: Tuckys Photography
Photo Credit: Tuckys Photography
Photo Credit: Tuckys Photography

When Eric Lim returns home after studying abroad, he marries his long-time sweetheart and neighbour Shalini Mulchand. But a lot can happen in three years—especially when two families are united by love but divided by their pain.


First staged in 1994 as part of the Singapore Festival of Arts, Three Years in the Life and Death of Land is about the Lims, the Mulchands, a ghost, a cat and three mosquitoes—one big family, trying hard to be happy.


Written and Directed by

Haresh Sharma


Performed by

Daisy Irani 

Fahim Murshed

Ghafir Akbar

Joshua Lim

Julius Foo

Karen Tan

Nadya Zaheer

Rowena See

Sharul Channa

Siti Khalijah Zainal

Tan Guo Lian Sutton

Tan Rui Shan


Assistant Director

Deonn Yang


Original Music Compositions by

Hossan Leong


with New Music Compositions and Re-arrangements by

Safuan Johari


Music Director

Safuan Johari


Movement Director & Choreographer

Seong Hui Xuan


Lighting Designer

Genevieve Peck


Set Designer

Wong Chee Wai



Some mature content; contains references to suicide.
Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: English
Surtitle Language: Creative Captioning
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Artist Information

Haresh Sharma

Haresh has been the Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage (TNS) since 1990. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2015. To date, he has written more than 120 plays which have been staged in over 20 cities. His play, Off Centre, was selected by the Ministry of Education as a Literature text for GCE ‘N’ and ‘O’ Levels. 


Haresh has 13 publications of his plays, including Trilogy, Shorts 1, Shorts 2, Don't Forget to Remember Me and Abuse Suxxx!!! and Other Plays. His works have been translated into Malay, Mandarin, Greek and Italian. He was awarded Best Original Script for Fundamentally Happy, Good People and Gemuk Girls at the 2007, 2008 and 2009 The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards respectively. In 2021, Haresh published Reading the Room: A Playwright’s Devising Journey, which details his devising process developed over his career at TNS. Haresh also had the honour of having a selection of his works featured at Esplanade’s first playwright-centred season at The Studios in 2017.


Haresh is the first non-American to be awarded the prestigious Goldberg Master Playwright by New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2011. In 2014, he was conferred the Southeast Asian Writers (or S.E.A. Write) Award (Singapore), which recognises and honours literary excellence in the ASEAN region.

The Necessary Stage

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Established in 1987, The Necessary Stage (TNS) is a non-profit theatre company with charity status. Its 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.


TNS is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2023.  


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Date & Time


5 Aug 2023, Sat


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

6 Aug 2023, Sun


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

10 Aug 2023, Thu


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

11 Aug 2023, Fri


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

12 Aug 2023, Sat


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

13 Aug 2023, Sun


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
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