Theatre, Festival

Four Four Eight 四四八

Organised by: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: Emergency Stairs / An Esplanade Commission
  • Date:
    19 - 23 Feb 2019
  • Time:
    6:00pm – 11:30pm
  • Duration:
  • Venue:
    The ExciseMan Whisky Bar, Esplanade Mall, #02-27
    The ExciseMan Whisky Bar, Esplanade Mall, #02-27The ExciseMan Whisky Bar, Esplanade Mall, #02-27
  • Language:
    Performed in English, Mandarin and other forms of communication.
  • Admission:
  • Advisory:
    Admission for ages 16 and above.


"Built to be lonely
to love the absent.
Find me
Free me
from this
corrosive doubt
futile despair
horror in repose.
I can fill my space
fill my time
but nothing can fill this void in my heart."
– Sarah Kane, 4.48 Psychosis

How can one survive and love in a broken world? How do we get along with ourselves?

Inspired by British playwright Sarah Kane's last work 4.48 Psychosis, Young Artist Award recipient Liu Xiaoyi presents FOUR FOUR EIGHT, a brand-new work that leads you into a world, a social construct, where every audience member becomes a participant in a space of gathering and camaraderie; in a place of urban loneliness – the bar.

Taking place in an actual bar, the perceptions of individual audience members are challenged the moment when one enters the performance environment. Taking in the sights and sounds, each person becomes aware of the presence of self, others, the space, and various activities in the venue. The experience is an individual realisation, and is up to you to create and dictate.

Singapore theatre company Emergency Stairs has earned a reputation for boundary-pushing works that generate much discourse among its audiences. Following Offending the Audience in 2017, and Einstein in the Carpark in 2018, FOUR FOUR EIGHT is the third instalment of the company's Post-Dramatic Series. With FOUR FOUR EIGHT, together with award-winning artists lighting designer Lim Woan Wen and sound artist Darren Ng, Liu continues to explore the possibilities of, and challenge the limitations of what constitutes a theatre space.

"Please open the curtains." She said.

This performance begins long before you step into the bar. Small, deliberate moments will connect you with the artist and his inner world. Through emails and other ephemeral social interactions, you will be drawn into the artist's processes of creation—the impulses, the loneliness, the struggles, and the triumphs... and we invite you to be part of the creation process.

Please write to with "I want to open the curtains" to get connected, and do remember to attach an image of your ticket.




启发自英国编剧萨拉 • 凯恩的遗作《4.48精神崩溃》,青年艺术奖得主刘晓义的最新力作《四四八》,将带你走进繁华又寂寞的末日深处——那城市角落里,杯觥交错间充斥着空虚的酒吧。




这个作品在你进入酒吧之前就已经开始。从现在开始,你与创作者及其内心世界将在一系列的私密互动中建立联系。通过电子邮件和其他社交媒体形式,你将进入创作者的思考过程——冲动,孤独,挣扎,狂欢...... 你也将成为这一体验的创作者。


Four Four Eight 四四八