Esplanade Presents


No Particular Order

An Esplanade Commission
Directed by Sim Yan Ying "YY"
Written by Joel Tan

1 Apr 2023, Sat, 8pm

2 Apr 2023, Sun, 3pm & 8pm

1hr 30mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Theatre Studio

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Photo credit: Crispian Chan
Sim Yan Ying "YY"
Joel Tan (Photo credit: Crispian Chan)
Arielle Jasmine Van Zuijlen and Karen Tan (Photo credit: Crispian Chan)
Shrey Bhargava and Pavan J Singh (Photo credit: Crispian Chan)

A despot has come to power. The population is anxious, submissive and scared. 


But beneath every violation of civil liberty, there are real human beings; behind every act of resistance, there is an individual willing to risk everything. And these people aren't heroic or remarkable – they're just like us. 


Through a series of vignettes involving the lives of bureaucrats, soldiers, artists and tour guides, No Particular Order charts the fate of a society in turmoil to ask at every step of the way: is it empathy, or power, that endures? 

Joel Tan’s No Particular Order  first debuted in May 2022 at London’s Theatre503. Described as “startling and apocalyptic”, the play was shortlisted for the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award as well as the 2022 George Devine Award. This performance marks its Singapore premiere.


A programme of TRIP—a platform to showcase work by early-career directors.


Director and Costume Designer: Sim Yan Ying “YY”

Playwright: Joel Tan

Performers: Arielle Jasmine Van Zuijlen, Karen Tan, Pavan J Singh and Shrey Bhargava

Lighting Designer: James Tan

Sound Designer: Lee Yew Jin (Ctrl Fre@k)

Set Designer: Hella Chan

Production Manager: Evelyn Chia (The Backstage Affair)

Stage Manager: Carolene Ruth Liew (The Backstage Affair)

Assistant Stage Manager: Irish Alcantara (The Backstage Affair)

Costume Consultant: Anthony Tan


Some mature content, including a brief depiction of sexual violence, and strong language.


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Admission Age:
6 and above
Language: English
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Artist Information

Sim Yan Ying "YY" (Director)


Sim Yan Ying “YY” (she/her) is a theatre artist based in Singapore and New York. She creates as a director, performer, writer, and deviser, and strives to make works that are experimental and accessible, physical in nature, and reflective of a diversity of lived experiences. YY believes in the power of live performance to bridge perspectives within and across communities in an increasingly polarised world.


Her original works include: Where Are You? (Wild Rice/Mabou Mines), a series of productions on how we experience grief and confront death; Who Are You? (Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay), a devised performance about migrant-local relationships in Singapore; I LOVE WHITE MEN (Caveat NYC/Ars Nova/Dixon Place), a one-woman show excavating white worship and postcolonial baggage from an immigrant’s perspective in New York; and Without Reason (ArtsWok Collaborative/Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay) about the struggles of an interracial relationship in Singapore.


Digital works: Who’s There? (New Ohio Theatre), an international collaboration about the socio-political and racial unrests in 2020; (un)becoming (T:>Works N.O.W. 2021), exploring the complex dynamics of mother-daughter relationships in modern-day Singapore; and Bloodlines 血脉 (Fault Line Theatre), a work-in-progress with artists across the Sinosphere examining the volatility and promise of Chinese-ness.


YY obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts at NYU Tisch, and has trained in programmes such as The Necessary Stage’s Devising Platform, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s Directing Residency, and SITI Company’s Summer Intensive.

Joel Tan (Playwright)

Joel Tan is a Singaporean playwright based in London and Singapore. Recent work includes The Butterfly Lovers (Victorian Opera/Wild Rice), No Particular Order at Theatre503 (shortlisted for the George Devine Award), Tartuffe (Wild Rice), When The Daffodils at the Orange Tree Theatre; Living Archive at the Royal Court; Ghosts in the Blood for Audible UK; Overheard, and Augmented Chinatown with 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.

Date & Time

1 Apr 2023, Sat


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2 Apr 2023, Sun


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