Theatre, Music

Beach Burden Bliss

Organised by: Desert Wine / Comfort Theatre
  • Date:
    16 Nov 2019
  • Time:
    6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm
  • Duration:
  • Venue:
    Punggol Beach
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Come visit our beautiful and cosy-intimate Beach Hut set up on the sand and by the waters of Punggol Beach on November 16th 2019 at 6/7/8/9pm, as we present to you Beach Burden Bliss; a double bill by Desert Wine's Comfort Theatre Series (Railway Records 2019, Scandal for Seniors 2019, Agnes of God 2018, Dinner with Friends 2017, Emily of Emerald Hill 2016).

Beach Burden Bliss is in celebration of the Singapore Bicentennial and is Desert Wine's last stage offering for 2019.

In this double-bill site-specific production, we will present two original plays: Burden and Bliss by Playwright-Producer-Director Sharmila Melissa Yogalingam (please see full theatrical credits below).

Burden tells the real life story of World War II survivor, Chan Cheng Yean, who survived the Sook Ching massacre that took place in 1942, when truckloads of Chinese men who were suspected of anti-Japanese activities were rounded up and mercilessly shot at 3 different beaches, including Punggol Beach.

Chan miraculously survived.

Witness his story, in this retelling of a horrific time in Singapore's history.

Bliss on the other hand is a light hearted comedy about a family who waits for some overseas-based family members to come to dinner at a Punggol restaurant. However the expected visitors are late, and whilst waiting, the family unexpectedly reveals plenty of scandalous secrets about themselves.

Taking place at the site-specific location of Punggol Beach itself, and in a cosy-intimate beach hut, our original plays Burden is a re-enactment of a real life story, and Bliss is a story inspired by real life.

Tickets are available at SISTIC -

Beach Burden Bliss Stars:
Rachna Anand (Rojak - Ch5 of Mediacorp. Dastak - Wecandoit. Roop Kaur - Theatre Incorporate.)

Sean Lai (Lion Mums - Ch5 of Mediacorp. Hanuman & Merchant of Venice - Singapore Repertory Theatre / SRT.)

Ahamed Ali Khan (Godse - Agni Koothu / Theatre of Fire. Thuyil - SITFE. Singa Airline - Vasantham of Mediacorp.)

M. Shankari (Jungle Book, Charlotte's Web & Animal Farm - Singapore Repertory Theatre / SRT.)

Uma Rai (Rhythm International - ArcLight Productions.)

Sandeep Singh (Railway Records - Desert Wine / Comfort Theatre. Dastak - Wecandoit. Lizard on the Wall - K. Rajagopal.)

Sumana Mallick (Blood, Gore and a Cup of Tea - SMActs Unlimited. Mr and Mrs Perfect & Desperate Expat Wives of Singapore - Playacting Productions.)

Rajeswary Singh (Moulmein High - Ch5 of Mediacorp.)

Kevin Woo (Tales of Grimmsneyland & Kids in Wonderland - Andsoforth.)

Marshall Lim (Kin, Lion Mums & Avenue 14 - Ch5 of Mediacorp. Kabaret Singapura & Left in Stitches - Method Productions. Odyssey - Sing'theatre.)

Written, Produced and Directed by:
Sharmila Melissa Yogalingam (Producer-Director: Emily of Emerald Hill [2016], Dinner with Friends [2017], Agnes of God [2018]. Producer-Director-Writer: Railway Records [2019] and Scandal for Seniors [2019]).

Beach Burden Bliss