SmartyPants and
the Swordfish

Presented by ART:DIS and Gateway Arts

Written by Jean Tay

Directed by Samantha Scott-Blackhall & Tan Beng Tian

This is a collaborative and inclusive casting, with artists with disabilities performing alongside mainstream actors to bring this play to life.

This 90-minute programme includes post-show discussion segments and will be conducted from 20-24 March, 2024.

Usual Price

$35 per pax

Contact us at grace@gatewayarts.sg for more information.

Synopsis

From the award-winning playwright that brought you Boom and Everything but The Brain, Jean Tay’s SmartyPants and the Swordfish is a compelling immersive, interactive and inclusive theatre play that delves into Singapore’s history while taking a constructive look at the issue of bullying.

With acclaimed directors Samantha Scott-Blackhall and Tan Beng Tian at the helm, the story opens with a group of students investigating the legend of Redhill, probing to uncover how a young kampung boy met his demise at the hands of a jealous sultan. As they peel back the layers of this age-old tale, they uncover hidden truths, meet evil advisors and even fend off an attack by swordfishes!

Featuring a collaborative staging between mainstream actors and artists with disabilities, who will be manoeuvring colourful puppets to bring the play to life, the diverse casting underpins the importance to have empathy and respect for one another, regardless of differences.

SmartyPants and the Swordfish does not just re-tell history. Through a post-show dialogue, it engages young audiences to explore the dynamics of power and learn how to prevent bullying. The play further provides a platform for intellectually disabled artists to showcase their skills, gain professional experience and be recognised as equal contributors to the creative process.

Creative Captioning and Creative Audio Description will be available during the performance. Speech-to-Text-Interpretation is provided for post-show dialogue, and SgSL Interpretation will be available upon request. In-ear devices for audio description and Touch Tour are also available upon request, with limited devices and slots per show. Please contact nurarina@artdis.org.sg for assistance before purchasing tickets. 

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