M1 Peer Pleasure is a youth theatre festival with a social conscience. This year, we are taking a closer look at how people with disabilities live in Singapore. Where are their voices and stories in our everyday? In a country that prizes efficiency, productivity and material success, can people with disabilities have a place in our economy, schools and community?
Unable to stage live performances as usual at the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we will be presenting the festival online from 4 - 16 August; with majority of the programmes offered for free!
Director: Okorn-Kuo Jing Hong
Assistant Director: Tan Beng Tian
New Media Director: Lim Shengen
Visual Design Mentor: Ong Guat Teng
Performers: Stephanie Esther Fam, Muhammad Hidayat Rahmatullah Mohamad Yaakob, Shawn Tan, Tung Ka Wai, Wan Wai Yee
Designers: Timothy Hua, Faith Liu Yong Huay, Moes Mulyadi, Ng Sze Min, Oliver Piong Wei Bin
A new media experience co-created by a multidisciplinary group of performers, designers and directors. Amid a pandemic, where time and space are warped, and how we exist and connect feels alienating, What If explores being human.
Presenting to you 4 original works that will each be accompanied by a short animation.
Audience participation is welcomed in all the shows.
Frozen. Broken. Poof!
Tuesday 4 August, 8pm
90 mins including a post-show dialogue
How do we preserve our social rituals during the pandemic, despite the unreliability of technology heightened by the strangeness of being present while physically absent? Join five friends as they endeavour to celebrate a friend's birthday in the virtual realm.
Accessible to audiences who are blind or vision-impaired and the deaf or hard of hearing.
Saturday 8 August, 8pm
65 mins including a post-show dialogue
A story of a circle finding its place in a world of sound, as told through animation. Can this story be told in silence?
A visual experience accessible to audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing. Not accessible for the blind or vision-impaired.
Tuesday 11 August, 8pm
75 mins including a post-show dialogue
In the time of Covid-19, two Singaporeans connect after reading an account by a nurse in New York. Witness and participate in an exchange between a blind person and a sound artist, where sound becomes the connector through which empathy is found.
An audio experience accessible to audiences who are blind or vision-impaired. Not accessible for the deaf or hard of hearing.
Saturday 15 August, 8pm
85 mins including a post-show dialogue
The complex relationship struggles between a parent and child, explored through a poetic journey of text, sound and imagery, and presented in two ways: a visual experience and an audio experience.
Accessible to those who are blind or vision-impaired and the deaf or hard of hearing. Audiences without accessibility needs will be able to choose between a mainly visual or purely audio experience, subject to availability.
Shorts: What If Aliens
What If Aliens is a series of stop-motion animation where 5 aliens, Stitch, Jelly, Thumb, Faraway and Mee have been sent on a mission in outer space to maintain the balance. This whimsical adventure will unfold over the 4 original shows.
Pre-show kits will be provided for audiences who are blind or vision-impaired. Closed captioning will be provided for audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing.