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What is it wish to age and die in Singapore?

The first play to kick off The Studios season on the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay explores this query.

A Good Death runs on the Esplanade Theatre Studio from March 29 to April 1 and has actor Karen Tan enjoying as much as 17 minor and main roles, together with these of a palliative care doctor and the sufferers she works with on the finish of their lives.

Playwright Faith Ng, who is 31 this 12 months, was impressed by a good friend who is coaching to be a doctor in palliative care. She questioned what would compel somebody to decide on this profession.

For director Chen Yingxuan, engaged on the play made her want she had identified extra about palliative care and end-of-life points a lot earlier.

Her father died of lung most cancers 5 years in the past and he or she lost her grandmother not too long ago.

“I wish I had known these stories earlier. When it happened to me, I was quite alone,” says the 28-year-old.

She had directed a 2014 studying of Ng’s faculty play Normal, staged a 12 months later by Checkpoint Theatre underneath the course of Claire Wong.

Chen and Ng additionally labored collectively in 2015 on a play for Checkpoint Theatre’s dusk-to-dawn theatre showcase, What I Love About You Is Your Attitude Problem, on the Singapore Writers Festival.

A Good Death was a multi-layered collaboration.

Chen and Ng labored with a palliative care doctor to make sure they remained “respectful and truthful” to the problems.

Personal tales from author and performer additionally went into the play. Tan got here on board whereas the script was being written and shared her personal experiences of caring for ageing dad and mom.

Despite being carried out by a single actress, the play has crowd scenes and characters interrupting each other’s strains. It seems like a problem, however Tan, a veteran performer, doesn’t suppose so.

She is “preparing by not preparing”, she says.

The group did herald motion coach Lim Chin Huat to make sure that she was in a position to faucet the potential of every function.

Chen says: “Chin Huat helped us to craft a physicality that brought out each character as a complex three-dimensional human being.”

Most performances of A Good Death are already offered out.

Ng says: “We were quite surprised, but it shows that audiences are ready to have these questions about death and dying explored. They’re relevant and prevalent now.”

•A Good Death is offered out, aside from the 3pm present on March 29, meant for college kids. Go to

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