Budding youth theatre organisation The Runaway Company returns for their second production, Wilderness by Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger.
Wilderness is a music theatre play set at a wilderness therapy camp run for troubled teenagers. The play follows six main characters who have been sent to the unknown outdoors by their parents in a bid to heal them from their trauma and mental health issues. As the characters navigate their way through the emotional underbrush, with their families intertwined in the whirlwind of it all, Wilderness presents an intense journey of anger, betrayal, helplessness and finally, healing.
Directed by Izzul Irfan and Choo Ian Kang, Wilderness compounds the visceral poignancy of confronting one's own inner demons with a haunting original score composed by Erika Poh. Pushing the boundaries of what a classical ensemble can do, the music of Wilderness can be described as raw, experimental and fluid.
Wilderness made a huge splash in the USA as the New York Times Critic's Pick and has been described as "urgent, fresh theater" by the Georgetowner. Indeed, Wilderness is unafraid to dive into uneasy topics of mental health that are too often sidelined, and concludes with a rousing call to our human need to connect and empathise with each other.
The Runaway Company is a youth theatre company that pursues two main aims: the integration of music and theatre in our productions to tell the stories of youths, and the providing of a platform for committed youths with potential to participate in these productions.