Singapore Series @ Brisbane Festival


The Necessary Stage
8 – 12 Sep | La Boite Studio, Theatre Republic
Australian Premiere

Award-winning actress Siti Khalijah Zainal takes centre-stage in this one-woman show specially created for her by The Necessary Stage’s playwright Haresh Sharma and director Alvin Tan, two of Singapore’s finest theatre practitioners.


W!ld Rice
11 – 13 Sep | Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Australian Premiere

In this joyous production from W!LD RICE – named Singapore’s ‘sexiest theatre company’ by Lonely Planet – celebrated theatre and film director Glen Goei casts an all-male ensemble, revealing new insights into hidden identities, institutional marriage, and the politics of choosing a partner.


Charlie Lim
8 Sep | The Spiegeltent

Charlie Lim’s music stretches across acoustic melancholia and electronic-pop; a sonic journey full of cinematic gravitas and life’s narratives. When playing live, Charlie Lim is at his finest as the captain of his ship, gently steering his audience across a sea of human experience.

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Performed by Margaret Leng Tan
9 Sep | Cremorne Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Australian Premiere

Margaret Leng Tan, hailed as “queen of the toy piano” by The New York Times, has established herself as a major force in the American avant-garde. In Brisbane, she celebrates her 70th birthday year with a one-woman, multimedia show revolving around the bizarre, bewitching world of the carnival.


T’ang Quartet
23 Sep | Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University
Australian Premiere

Singapore’s premier string quartet cuts an unmistakable silhouette on the global stage. The T’ang Quartet have been pushing boundaries of classical music since 1992 with an artful blend of East and West. This concert reveals musical visions of darkness and light.


Loo Zihan
15 – 17 Sep |Performance Space, Judith Wright Centre
Australian Premiere

50/50 is a participatory performance class on Lindy Hop. Through conversations and demonstrations, audience members learn the basic footwork before the space becomes a dance hall for everyone to show their best swing moves.

Lindy Hop is a social dance that originated in Harlem, New York City in the 1930s. It is traditionally performed to Big Band Jazz music and is known for its acrobatic airsteps, where the partner is lifted off the ground.

Singapore artist Loo Zihan and his collaborators have been Lindy Hopping for more than a decade. 50/50 started with an exploration of their sexual and cultural identities in relation to this dance and the Lindy Hop community’s definition of authenticity. 50/50 is above all fun, but also challenges our preconceived notions of what, why and how we move.


21 Sep | Aurora Spiegeltent, Arcadia
Australian Premiere

The Steve McQueens is a neo-vintage soul-funk band with a penchant for groove and making music that just feels good. They’ve been winning praise at festivals and venues such as Japan’s iconic Summersonic, Indonesia’s Java Jazz, Singapore’s SingJazz and London’s O2 Indigo.

Their music draws influence from Theolonius Monk, Amy Winehouse, Steely Dan and James Brown, swerving from soulful and sultry to eclectic and eccentric.

With the release of their second album Seamonster, The Steve McQueens are leaving their indomitable mark on the music world.


Checkpoint Theatre
21 – 24 Sep | The Loft, Theatre Republic, QUT Creative Industries
Australian Premiere

Long-time friends Claire Wong and Noorlinah Mohamed would often talk about their mothers and the complexities of living – and not living – with them. One mother is Cantonese-speaking and impetuous; the other speaks Malay and is quietly stubborn. Both are wonderful cooks.

With each performance (in 2006, 2009, 2015, and now 2016), Claire and Noorlinah revise the show. As they and their mothers grow older, new stories are added, while stories they were not ready to tell are now told in full.

Poignant and funny, Recalling Mother celebrates the joys and challenges of motherhood and daughterhood.

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Brisbane Festival is one of Australia’s major international arts festivals helmed by Artistic Director David Berthold.


Each September, it explodes across the city with a thrilling programme of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire.


Brisbane Festival attracts an audience of around one million people every year.


Brisbane Festival aims to connect artists and audiences in ways that lift the spirit, disrupt the conventional and open the city to the world.


CultureLink is pleased to support Brisbane Festival as co-producer for its Singapore Series, presenting snapshots of Singapore's vibrant arts and culture to Australian audiences.


The Singapore Series is the outcome of a three-year partnership between CultureLink and the Festival from 2015-2017.