An Actress Prepares

Organised by: Wild Rice
  • Date:
    4 - 22 Nov 2020
  • Time:
    Tue - Fri: 7:30pm
    Sat: 2:30pm & 7:30pm
    Sun: 2:00pm & 6:00pm
  • Venue:
    The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ Wild Rice
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  • Admission:

    Priority booking for Wild Rice Angels: 15 - 18 Oct
    Public sales: from 19 Oct

    20% discount for Wild Rice Angels
    10% discount for students & senior citizens
    10% Solidarity Discount (applicable for patrons buying tickets to Pangdemonium’s Waiting for the Host and/or SRT’s Tuesdays with Morrie)

  • Advisory:
    Advisory (Some Mature Content)


Siti Khalijah Zainal is a familiar face on the Singapore stage. She's played a diverse range of roles, including a schizophrenic young woman, an Indonesian domestic worker and Singapore's first female Malay Prime Minister (not President!). But what challenges has she faced in her career?

Inspired by Konstantin Stanislavski's first handbook on acting, An Actress Prepares follows Siti on a journey through her life in theatre. She candidly shares various affecting and hilarious episodes: learning Chinese dance in primary school, falling in with the cool girls at the Bedok Institute of Technical Education, and being told that she might be 'too big' or 'too Malay' to get roles.

This is Siti as you've never seen her before – raw, vulnerable and achingly honest. In An Actress Prepares, Siti tackles the most difficult thing she has ever had to do as an actor: playing herself on stage.


Written By: Alfian Sa'at
Directed By: Aidli 'Alin' Mosbit


An Actress Prepares was commissioned for a one-day performance by the Singapore Writers Festival in 2016.

An Actress Prepares