The Studios 2017: With/Out by Loo Zihan

Organised by: The Esplanade Co Ltd
Performed by: Janice Koh
  • Date:
    23 - 26 Mar 2017
  • Time:
    Thu – Sat: 8:00pm
    Sat & Sun: 3:00pm
  • Duration:
    Approximately 2h (no intermission)
  • Venue:
    Esplanade Theatre Studio
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  • Admission:
    Students: $17
    NSFs & Seniors: $25
    Package of 4: $130 (Applicable for any 4 tickets to any shows at The Studios 2017)
  • Advisory:
    Contains some mature content. Recommended for 16 years and above.


Conceptualised by Loo Zihan
Based on Completely With/Out Character
Devised by Paddy Chew, in collaboration with Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma
A commission by The Studios

"How can one re-stage a play like that – the candle prop will still burn, the video projection of rain will still evoke images of cleansing and renewal, but Chew might not be around anymore." The Straits Times, on Completely With/Out Character

"Chew, the first person in Singapore to come out as HIV-positive, flickers back to life in a production that is a reading, a screening, an installation and a documentary all at once... that allows audience members to revisit an iconic production with the sobering measure of distance and a thorough context." The Straits Times, on With/Out, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2015

In 1999, The Necessary Stage presented Completely With/Out Character, a docu-theatre monologue devised by Paddy Chew, in collaboration with playwright Haresh Sharma and director Alvin Tan. The monologue was a candid account of Paddy's experiences as the first individual to come out as a person living with HIV in Singapore. Unfortunately, Paddy passed on a few months after the end of the production. Since then, although medical advancements now allow HIV-positive individuals to lead relatively normal lives, the ignorance and prejudice surrounding AIDS still remains pervasive today.

With/Out is an interpretation of Paddy's monologue, conceptualised by performance and moving-image artist Loo Zihan. It was first presented in 2015 to rave reviews as part of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. This 2017 commission by The Studios presents a reimagining of this monologue, and examines its relationship to the written and video documents.

Through the use of archived content and new material created by Loo Zihan, in collaboration with award-winning performer Janice Koh, With/Out weaves together a multimedia experience that not only preserves our collective memory of Paddy's monologue, but also relates it to our contemporary experience.

With/Out was first developed in residence at Centre 42, and commissioned by the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival in 2015.

Please note that With/Out is a free standing performance with limited floor seating.

The performance will include photo and video documentation. By attending this production, you grant permission for the artist and production team to photograph and video you, and otherwise capture your image. The artists have the right to reproduce, use, exhibit, display, broadcast and distribute and create derivative works of these images and recordings.

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The Studios 2017: With/Out by Loo Zihan