Theatre, Festival

血与玫瑰乐队 Blood & Rose Ensemble

Organised by: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: 莎士比亚的妹妹们的剧团 Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group
  • Date:
    23 - 25 Feb 2018
  • Time:
    Fri: 8:00pm
    Sat & Sun: 3:00pm & 8:00pm

    There will be a post-performance talk for the performances on 24 Feb, 8pm and 25 Feb, 3pm.

  • Duration:
  • Venue:
    Esplanade Theatre Studio
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  • Language:
    Performed in Mandarin and some Chinese dialects, with English and Chinese surtitles.
  • Admission:
    Concession for students, NSFs and seniors: $20







Blood & Rose Ensemble takes on Shakespeare's "Wars of the Roses" history plays, putting a fresh, satirical and highly entertaining spin on the question of how history gets made. Between the beauty and violence of roses and bloodshed, how is history written and re-written? How are these histories told, and who gets to tell them?

In this brilliantly-inventive staging, prodigious Taiwanese director Wang Chia-Ming plays the invisible DJ, spinning in the arena of history, as he boldly remixes cuts, characters, and conflicts of Shakespeare's Henry VI and Richard III, whilst jockeying the talented ensemble of actors in a madcap two-hour journey. The actors toggle multiple roles – playing various characters and performing their own music live – and cross-fade seamlessly between improvisation and performance, as they hurtle us through the voices and interwoven (hi)stories of Henry VI and Richard III, only to find that the enduring truth of our time is the illusiveness of truth itself.

A co-commission by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and The National Theater & Concert Hall, Blood & Rose Ensemble features Singapore theatre actor Oliver Chong, alongside nine illustrious Taiwanese theatre actors, in a performance that is as disquieting a requiem to the blood and beauty of the historic Wars, as it is a striking indictment of truth in our post-truth times.