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What’s on stage in Singapore January 2013? We round up the big festivals coming our way


Kid-Centric Theatre

Kidsfest 2013 is a month-long programme of events direct from London’s West End. Five separate productions over four weeks are sure entertain and educate your little darlings.

Who wants to hear about a bunch of dead people? Birmingham Stage Company has “left the nasty bits in” while tailoring the tales to suit the young. Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain and Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans might answer questions such as: why wouldn’t the Romans stand a chance at winning MasterChef, and just what would one do if a Viking moved in next door? Horrible Histories is recommended for slightly more mature young minds, aged seven years and older.

The Gruffalo introduces young audiences to the character of Mouse, who is big on storytelling but not quite so big on conquering his fears… or is he? Mr Benn could be likened to The Chronicles of Narnia, in that all is not quite what it seems and shop fronts can indeed be facades for something far more magical. Room on the Broom explores overcoming adversity, with a little help from your friends. These three productions are all suitable for children three years and older.

16 to 27 JanuaryThe Gruffalo
22 to 27 January
Mr Benn
30 to 10 FebruaryRoom on the Broom
31 January to 9 February
Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain
3 to 10 February 2013
Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans


Kidsfest 2013 runs from 16 January to 10 February at the DBS Arts Centre Theatre. Tickets start at $38 and are available online from Sistic. 6348 5555 | sistic.com.sg


That’s One Big Laneway


Singapore’s annual indie music event, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival,returns on 26 January. Gardens By The Bay will be its new home and although more of a field than a lane, organisers hope the open space will add to the festival vibe.

Attracting new and known global artists and groups of various genres, Laneway is a trendsetter with exceptional music line-ups. Many say it’s where you will discover your next favourite band.

Confirmed acts include Alt-J, Bat for Lashes, Cloud Nothings, Divine Fits, Gotye, Japandroids, Kimbra, Kings of Convenience, Nicolas Jaar, Of Monsters and Men, Polica, Real Estate, Tame Impala and Yeasayer.

Discounted tickets ($123.25 each; four-ticket bundle) are available through Sistic (www.sistic.com.sg). Standard tickets are $145, or pay $160 on the day. VIP tickets are $350.


On The Cusp


Don’t miss the ninth annual M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. Running from 16 to 27 January, it features both international and local performances, including global premieres.

Choose from 24 ticketed performances and 15 works, including photography, visual art installations, concerts, dance, theatre and some politically incorrect combined theatre and dance. Highlights include Haru & Mina, a captivating exhibition of photographs of Osaka-based Hideaki Hamada’s two children.

Fong Qi Wei’s Brush Strokes of Nature premieres globally with a photographic series depicting disassembled parts of flowers and plants. Images created from petals, stamens and pistils are intended to show the beauty in nature’s “brush strokes”.

Revisit the Sunflower also makes its global premiere at the festival, with choreography that attempts to show how we perceive our surroundings from varying states of mind.

Blending Borat and Eskimo Limon, the holycoaster s(HIT) circus is honest, uncensored and politically incorrect. A sardonic treatment of age-old issues exposes prejudice and leaves audiences questioning their own attitudes.

Esnes.n.on2, or “Nonsense”, involves three characters who, trying to escape their mundane existence, meet by coincidence at a bus station in India. In their separate search for meaning to life, they become lost in a labyrinth. The amusing and absurd story is the result of two choreographers editing and reforming the piece one after the other.

Visit the Fringe website for details and discounts, www.singaporefringe.com. Tickets start at $19 and are available through Sistic. 6348 5555 | sistic.com.sg