Theatre, Festival

The Year of No Return

Organised by: Arts House Limited
Performed by: The Necessary Stage
  • Date:
    21 - 23 May 2020
  • Time:
  • Duration:
    1.5h, no intermission
  • Venue:
    Victoria Theatre
    Victoria TheatreVictoria Theatre
  • Language:
    Performed in English, Japanese, Malay and Tagalog with English surtitles
  • Admission:
    $38*, $58
    *Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors.
    Limited student tickets at $10

  • Advisory:
    Some Mature Content. Admission for audience age 13 years and above.


** This event is cancelled. **

Rising sea levels. Melting polar ice caps. Biodiversity loss. Food shortages resulting in war, strife and refugee crises... Every day, we are inundated with dire consequences of the climate emergency.

In the face of this threat to humanity, what do we do? Recycle? Switch to environmentally-friendly products? Be a vegan? Stop having children? What can we do?

But, despite evidence of our rapidly changing environment, why do we have such different responses to climate change? What makes one a denialist, or compels another to commit acts of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice?

What are our personal stories and struggles? Can we as individuals, and collectively, affect change? Or will politics and profit dictate the fate of this planet—our only home?

A groundbreaking interdisciplinary collaboration with artists from Japan, Malaysia, The Philippines and Singapore, The Year of No Return by Singapore theatre company The Necessary Stage seeks to unravel the complications and contradictions in humanity's responses to climate change, to question whether we live in an age of despair—or one of hope in the dark.

The Year of No Return