Pangdemonium

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The Pangdemonium logo. Photo from Pangdemonium's Facebook page.

Pangdemonium is a Singaporean non-profit theatre company founded by Adrian and Tracie Pang in 2010.[1] The company aims to discover and empower new talent to work professionally in the industry. From 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020, it is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme. Pangdemonium’s artistic directors are Singaporean actor Adrian Pang and London-trained director Tracie Pang.[2]

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Productions

As of 2019, Pangdemonium offers season tickets that gives ticket holders up to 25% off standard ticket prices and priority to ticket sales for each show.[3] Supporters can also become ‘Friends of Pangdemonium’ where private donations through this channel would be matched dollar for dollar by the Cultural Matching Fund established by the Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth.[4][5] Since its launch in 2010, Pangdemonium has put on 2 to 3 productions yearly.

2019 Season: Present Tense/Future Perfect[6]

Urinetown: The Musical (27 Sep 2019 - 13 Oct 2019)

Urinetown is a musical depicting a revolution in a dystopian world where the act of urination requires a fee that oppresses those who cannot afford it. The production will be staged at the Drama Centre Theatre.

Writers Book & Lyrics by Greg Kotis

Music & Lyrics by Mark Hollmann

Director Tracie Pang
Actors Benjamin Chow

Mina Kaye

Sean Ghazi

Andrew Marko

Adrian Pang

Jo Tan

Ethel Yap

Seong Hui Xuan

Kimberly Chan

The promotional poster for This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls. Photo from Popspoken.

This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls (10 May 2019 - 26 May 2019)

This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls aims to address the issue of sexual misconduct in a setting where females are increasingly empowered to speak out about their own experiences. The play was written in the spirit of the #MeToo movement.[7] The play had been inspired by real stories shared by more than 100 women that had been interviewed by playwright Ken Kwek.[8] This world premiere was staged at the Drama Centre Theatre.

Writers Ken Kwek
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Thomas Pang

Oon Shu An

Jamil Schulze

Adrian Pang

The promotional poster for Late Company. Photo from Bakchormeeboy.

Late Company (22 Feb 2019 - 10 Mar 2019)

Late Company follows a couple as they investigate the suicide of their son, Joel. The play tackles the issue of youth culture amongst the younger generation of today. Xander Pang, the son of artistic directors Adrian and Tracie Pang, plays Curtis who is the teen being investigated for Joel's death.[9] The production was staged at the Victoria Theatre.

Writers Jordan Tannahill
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Janice Koh

Karen Tan

Xander Pang

Adrian Pang

Edward Choy

2018 Season: HOPE & HOME

Peter and the Starcatcher (28 Sep 2018 - 20 Oct 2018)

Peter and the Starcatcher is the prequel to the world-famous Peter Pan and Wendy. In Pangdemonium's production, the play was set in 1885 Singapore. The play centred around themes of confidence, bravery and hope. The production was staged at the Drama Centre Theatre.[10]

Writers Play by Rick Alice

Music by Wayne Barker

Based on the novel by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

Director Tracie Pang
Actors Thomas Pang

Andrew Marko

Carina McWhinnie

Adrian Pang

Benjamin Chow

Daniel Jenkins

Erwin Shah Ismail

Zachary Ibrahim

Juwanda Hassim

Crispian Chan

Salif Hardie

Andy Tear

A scene from the play Dragonflies. Photo from Singapore International Festival of the Arts.

Dragonflies (18 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018)

Dragonflies is a play set in the future where the consequences of global warming and developments in politics have caused Singaporean-born Leslie Chen to leave his home in England to return to his birth country. The play was commissioned by the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) and was first performed at the festival in 2017.[11]

Writers Stephanie Street
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Adrian Pang

Tan Kheng Hua

Benjamin Chow

Frances Lee

Fanny Kee

Jamil Schulze

Elizabeth Morse

Matt Grey

Shona Benson

The promotional poster for THE FATHER. Photo from Centre 42.

The Father (2 Mar 2018 - 18 Mar 2018)

The Father follows a 70-year-old man and his effort to grapple with reality and his own sanity. The play aims to shed light on dementia in Singapore society and the struggles faced by caregivers. The production was staged in the Victoria Theatre.[12]

For this production, Pangdemonium worked with Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) to raise awareness for the organisation and their work to empower stigmatised and disadvantaged people in the society.[13]

Writers Florian Zeller

Translated by Christopher Hampton

Director Tracie Pang
Actors Lim Kay Siu

Tan Kheng Hua

Janice Koh

Emil Marwa

Frances Lee

Keagan Kang

2017 Season: Family (And Other Natural Disasters)

Fun Home (29 Sep 2017 - 15 Oct 2017)

Fun Home is a musical following a family in the perspective of a child, Alison. As the audience follows Alison through her growing-up years, the story tackles themes of self-discovery and self-acceptance. The production was staged at Drama Centre Theatre.[14]

Writers Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron

Music by Jeanine Tesori

Director Tracie Pang
Actors Adrian Pang

Monique Wilson

Nikki Muller

Elena Wang

Benjamin Kheng

Gail Belmonte

Chloe Choo

Elly Gaskell

Aria Zhang

Damien Weber

Bjorn Haakenson

Tango (19 May 2017 - 4 Jun 2017)

Tackling the theme of family and values, Tango was written by local playwright Joel Tan. The world premiere was staged at the Drama Centre Theatre.[15]

Writers Joel Tan
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Koh Boon Pin

Emil Marwa

Lim Kay Siu

Lok Meng Chue

Karen Tan

Benjamin Chow

Ruzaini Mazani

Dylan Jenkins

The promotional poster for THE PILLOWMAN. Photo from Arts Republic SG.

The Pillowman (24 Feb 2017 - 12 Mar 2017)

The Pillowman follows a short-story writer who is being questioned by the police about a string of child murder cases. The play threads the thin line between fiction and fact. The production was staged at the Victoria Theatre.[16]

Writers Martin McDonagh
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Adrian Pang

Daniel Jenkins

Shane Mardjuki

Andy Tear

Bright Ong

Victoria Mintey

Prudence Rivero

2016 Season: Season of Love

Chinglish (9 Oct 2016 - 25 Oct 2016)

Chinglish is a comedy performed in both English and Mandarin that follows an American businessman who travels to China.[17] The completely sold out show was staged at the Drama Centre Theatre.[18]

Writers David Henry Hwang
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Adrian Pang

Audrey Luo

Daniel Jenkins

Guo Liang

Matt Grey

Oon Shu An

Rent (7 Oct 2016 - 23 Oct 2016)

Rent follows a group of young adults amidst unrest in their local community and focuses on their journey to overcome personal challenges. The production was staged at the Drama Centre Theatre.[19]

Writers Jonathan Larson
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Aaron Khaled

Benjamin Chow

Cameron MacDonald

Frances Lee

Juan Jackson

Mina Kaye

Mitchell Lagos

Tabitha Nauser

Andrew Marko

Cheryl Tan

Crenshaw Yeo

Erwin Shah Ismail

Seong Hui Xuan

Siti Maznah

Oliver Pang

Venytha Yoshiantini

Tan Kheng Hua on the set of Falling in which she plays Tami, the mother of an autistic 18-year-old son and a 16-year-old daughter. Photo from Pangdemonium.

Falling (13 May 2016 - 5 Jun 2016)

Falling follows a pair of parents with two teenage children and their struggles to cope with their son’s autism. The play focuses on the theme of unconditional love. It was staged at KC Arts Centre.[20]

Writers Deanna Jent
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Neo Swee Lin

Adrian Pang

Tan Kheng Hua

Andrew Marko

Fiona Lim

The Effect (25 Feb 2016 - 13 Mar 2016)

The Effect tackles the morality of neuroscience. The play features the love story between Connie and Tristan in a clinical experiment. The production was staged at the Victoria Theatre.[21]

Writers Lucy Prebble
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Nikki Muller

Linden Furnell

Tan Kheng Hua

Adrian Pang

2015 Season: Transformation Trilogy

The promotional poster for Tribes. Photo from Arts Republic SG. Photo from The Smart Local.

Tribes (22 May 2015 - 7 Jun 2015)

Tribes centres around a deaf boy named Billy who struggles to communicate with his family. The production was staged at the Drama Centre Theatre.[22]

Writers Nina Raine
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Adrian Pang

Ethel Yap

Frances Lee

Gavin Yap

Susan Tordoff

Thomas Pang

Circle Mirror Transformation (29 Jan 2015 - 15 Feb 2015)

Circle Mirror Transformation follows four individuals in an acting class where they each experience a life-transforming moment. The production was staged at DBS Arts Centre.[23]

Writers Annie Baker
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Adrian Pang

Daniel Jenkins

Neo Swee Lin

Nikki Muller

Selma Alkaff

2014 Season: Misfits

Frozen (23 Oct 2014 - 9 Nov 2014)

Frozen is a psychological thriller following the story of three adults after the disappearance of 10-year-old Rhona.[24] The sold out production was staged at the Esplanade Theatre Studio.[25]

Writers Bryony Lavery
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Janice Koh

Adrian Pang

Karen Tan

The Rise & Fall of Little Voice (2 May 2014 - 18 May 2014)

The Rise & Fall of Little Voice follows a girl named Little Voice (LV) and her journey into showbiz. The comedy marks Pangdemonium’s first production set in Singapore and was staged at the Drama Centre Theatre.[26]

Writers Jim Cartwright
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Rishi Budhrani

Mina Kaye

Siti Khalijah

Shane Mardjuki

Adrian Pang

Denise Tan

The promotional poster for Fat Pig. Photo from The Smart Local.

Fat Pig (13 Feb 2014 - 2 Mar 2014)

Fat Pig is a comedy featuring the relationship between the characters Tom and plus-sized Helen. Throughout the play, their relationship is faced with prejudice and disapproval from the larger society. The production was staged at the DBS Arts Centre.[27]

Writers Neil LaBute
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Zachary Ibrahim

Elizabeth Lazan

Frances Lee

Gavin Yap

2013 Season: Survival

Gruesome Playground Injuries (31 Oct 2013 - 10 Nov 2013)

Gruesome Playground Injuries follows a pair of soulmates, Kayleen and Doug, as they come to find each other in life. The production was staged at Esplanade Theatre Studio.[28]

Writers Rajiv Joseph
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Seong Hui Xuan

Alan Wong

Next to Normal (5 Sep 2013 - 22 Sep 2013)

Next To Normal is a musical following the story of a family struggling through mental illness. The production was staged at the Drama Centre Theatre.[29]

Writers Music by Tom Kitt

Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

Director Tracie Pang
Actors Sally Ann Triplett

Adrian Pang

Nathan Hartono

Julia Abueva

Linden Furnell

Juan Jackson

Rabbit Hole (25 Apr 2013 - 12 May 2013)

Rabbit Hole follows the journey of a family who had just experienced loss and depicts their struggle recovering from it. The production was staged at the DBA Arts Centre.[30]

Writers David Lindsay-Abaire
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Janice Koh

Adrian Pang

Lok Meng Chue

Seong Hui Xuan

Eden Ang

2012 Season

Swimming with Sharks (20 Sep 2012 - 7 Oct 2012)

Swimming with Sharks is based on the Kevin Spacey movie of the same name and centres around the topic of office politics. The play tackles themes of power, greed and revenge. The production was staged at the Drama Centre Theatre.[31]

Writers George Huang

Adapted for the stage by Michael Lesslie

Director Tracie Pang
Actors Adrian Pang

George Young

Janice Koh

Daniel Jenkins

James Shubert

Shane Mardjuki

Melissa Faith Yeo

Crispian Chan

Nathan Hartono on stage for the musical Spring Awakening. Photo from Pangdemonium.

Spring Awakening (3 Feb 2012 - 26 Feb 2012)

Spring Awakening is a rock musical following a group of teenagers growing up in 1892, each with their own personalities and struggles. The production was staged at the Drama Centre Theatre.[32]

Writers Books and Lyrics by Steven Sater

Music by Duncan Sheik

Director Tracie Pang
Actors Dwayne Tan

Eden Ang

Erwin Shah

Julia Abueva

Kluane Saunders

Nathan Hartono

Rachel Marley

Raeza Ibrahim

Rayve Tay

Rebecca Spykerman

Seong Hui Xuan

Candice De Rozario

Adrian Pang

Zachary Pang

Xander Pang

Becky Dass

2011 Season

The promotional poster for Dealer's Choice. Photo from Buttons in the Bread.

Dealer’s Choice (29 Sep 2011 - 16 Oct 2011)

Dealer’s Choice follows a group of men who had all been driven to play a game of poker by their own individual reasons.[33] The production was staged at the Drama Centre Theatre.

Writers Patrick Marber
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Adrian Pang

Keagan Kang

Daniel Jenkins

Daniel York

Andy Tear

Julian Low

Closer (17 Feb 2011 - 6 Mar 2011)

Closer is a production that centres around modern relationships and the themes of love, lust, jealousy and betrayal. The play was staged at the DBS Arts Centre.[34]

Writers Patrick Marber
Director Tracie Pang
Actors Adrian Pang

Tan Kheng Hua

Keagan Kang

Cynthia Lee MacQuarrie

2010 Season

The cast of The Full Monty on stage for the musical comedy. Photo from Youth.sg.

The Full Monty (18 Jun 2010 - 4 Jul 2010)

The Full Monty is a musical comedy production adapted from the original movie. The story follows a group of six workers who had come together to form a strip show after having been retrenched due to the recession. Pangdemonium’s rendition of the comedy received praises from the likes of The Flying Inkpot, Business Times and ST Life!. The production was staged at the local Drama Centre Theatre in 2010.[35]

Writers Book by Terrence McNally

Music & Lyrics by David Yazbeck

Director Tracie Pang
Cast Ebi Shankara

Hossan Leong

Adrian Pang

Andy Hockley

Daniel Jenkins

Lim Yu-Beng

Celine Rosa Tan

Denise Tan

Carina Hales

Sheila Franciso

Zachary Pang

Xander Pang

George Chan

Candice De Rozario

Jo Tan

Seong Hui Xuan

Darius Tan

Richard Chia

Andrew Lua

Rishi Budhrani

Pangdemonium NextGen education programme[36]

Write Here, Write Now Playwriting Mentorship (2017 - Present day)

The mentorship programme accepts a maximum of three applicants for a year long one-to-one mentorship. At the end of the mentorship, the participant’s plays may be considered for future production or for submissions into competitions. The programme accepts participants of all ages.

Triple Threats Musical Theatre Workshops (2014 - Present Day)

The Triple Threats Musical Workshop is for 13 to 19 year olds to experience a series of lessons organised by professionals in the industry.[37] The workshop ends with a showcase for friends and family. Admissions into the workshop is by audition.

Technical apprenticeships

The Pangdemonium apprenticeship lasts for the duration of a production and aims to give participants specialised training for their particular field. The apprenticeship can last for a period of up to 6 months. Pangdemonium accepts apprenticeships for Stage Management, Production Management and Lighting Design. Applicants have to be over 18 years old.[38]

Events

On 1 September 2017, Pangdemonium organised a fundraising concert The Jam featuring local artists like Andrew Marko, Benjamin Kheng, Inch Chua and Nathan Hartono.[39] The concert was held at the Esplanade Concert Hall.

References / Citations

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