It’s been a whopping 11 years since Model Citizens debuted at The Necessary Stage’s Black Box. Now, the theatre troupe will be bringing back its award-winning play from Mar 24-Apr 4, just before it moves out of its home at Marine Parade Community Building.
Directed by the company’s Artistic Director Alvin Tan, the show follows an unexpected meeting of three women—the wife of a Member of Parliament, a domestic helper, and her employer—after the unfolding of a violent incident at a Meet-the-People session. Delving deep into a host of socio-cultural issues such as gender roles as well as social inequality, the piece continues to be a relevant and thought-provoking piece, 11 years on.
Written by Haresh Sharma for the 2010 stage, the upcoming production will receive a minor makeover so the play remains suitable for today’s stage. But besides featuring brand new set designs by the show’s set designer Petrina Dawn Tan, troupe members including costume designer Yuan Zhiying and lighting designer Liu Yong Huay will also be introducing new elements to dress both the scenes and characters.
Speaking of which, the three main characters will still be played by the original cast members including Goh Guat Kian, Siti Khalijah Zainal and Karen Tan. Reprising their roles as Mrs Chua, Melly and Wendy respectively, the theatre veterans will definitely breathe life into their on-stage personalities once again.
As the final show will be staged at The Necessary Stage’s longtime home in the East, Model Citizens is not to be missed. Book your tickets here, and do remember to keep up to date with the theatre company as it takes somewhat of a nomadic approach after its eviction in August 2021.
Model Citizens runs from Mar 24-Apr 4 at The Necessary Stage’s Black Box. More information available here.