Underclass 贱民

Organised by: Drama Box and The Necessary Stage
  • Date:
    16 May - 3 Jun 2018
  • Time:
    2:30pm, 8:00pm
  • Duration:
    1h 30min
  • Venue:
    The Necessary Stage Black Box
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  • Language:
    English, Mandarin, Malay
  • Admission:
    $36 | $28*
    *Concession for students, senior citizens & NSF
  • Advisory:


In 2016, Drama Box and The Necessary Stage presented the groundbreaking sold-out production Manifesto, that delved into the relationship between art and politics.

This year, the two companies collaborate once again on a brand new work that explores poverty, inequality and human dignity in Singapore.

Underclass tells the story of Xinyi, who finds herself in a downward spiral after losing her job and her flat. When she moves into a rental unit, she meets Johari, and they strike up an unlikely friendship. Will they be able to get out of their disadvantaged status with the help of well-meaning friends, entrepreneurs, civil servants and politicians?

Whose responsibility is it provide assistance for those who fall through the cracks? Can we make a difference and address imbalance in our society? Why should we?

Underclass asks urgent questions about the widening class divide in Singapore today. Who speaks up for the marginalised in society? Or will they be airbrushed out of our national narrative of prosperity and progress?

Created by:
Alvin Tan
Bani Haykal
Brendon Fernandez
Goh Guat Kian
Haresh Sharma
Kok Heng Leun
Petrina Dawn Tan
Siti Khalijah Zainal
Vincent Lim
Yang Shi Bin
Yazid Jalil

Underclass 贱民