Theatre, Dance, Festival

THOM PAIN (based on nothing)

Organised by: M1 Singapore Fringe Festival
Performed by: Edith Podesta, Yarra Ileto & Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Australia & Singapore)
  • Date:
    18 - 21 Jan 2024
  • Time:
    3:00pm & 8:00pm
  • Duration:
  • Venue:
    NAFA Studio Theatre
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  • Language:
  • Admission:
    $35 | $28*
    *Concessions for students, NSF, senior citizens and PwD cardholders

  • Advisory:
    Advisory (Mature Themes & Strong Language)


"Thom Pain is at bottom a surreal meditation on the empty promises life makes, the way experience never lives up to the weird and awesome fact of being. But it is also, in its odd, bewitching beauty, an affirmation of life's worth."
—The New York Times

Thom Pain is trying to save his life to save your life, in that order.

Filled with biting humour, desire, and lost innocence, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated show THOM PAIN (based on nothing) is one ordinary man's extraordinary search through the wreckage of his life.

Hailed as "astonishing ...a small masterpiece" by The New York Times, this insightful, at times surreal, production catalogues the eternal agonies of the human condition in wit and one last-ditch plea for empathy and enlightenment.

Directed by Edith Podesta and choreographed by Yarra Ileto, THOM PAIN (based on nothing) is performed by students from the BA (Hons) in Performance Making programme at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Post-show dialogue on 19 January 2024, with speech to text interpretation available upon request. Please email your request to before 15 December 2023.

THOM PAIN (based on nothing)