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What’s on stage in Singapore: Live music, theatre and dance in January 2014

Laneway Festival at Gardens by the Bay

Live music
Eighteen bands hit the stage at the fourth Laneway Festival, with Scottish alternative electronic band Chvrches, US group Haim, English singer-songwriter James Blake, and Singapore experimental rock band The Observatory among those in the outstanding line-up. Organisers say it’s shaping up to be the biggest event yet. While 4,000 attended the inaugural festival in 2011, the same number of tickets were sold in the first ten days of sales for the 2014 event. The Laneway Festival is on 25 January at The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay. Tickets from Sistic.


Kids Fest
Nine stellar plays are in the line-up of this year’s Kids Fest,; a smorgasboard of fabulous kids’ theatre that is bound to send imaginations into overdrive. We can’t decide which one to see, so we might go to three or four. They include perennial favourite The Gruffalo (15 -– 21 January), What the Ladybird Heard (21 January – 1 February), two Horrible Histories, including Awful Egyptians (31 January – 8 February), and We’re Going on a bear Hunt (23 – 26 January). Venues are at Drama Centre Theatre, 100 Victoria Street and DBS Arts Centre, Merbau Road. Tickets from Sistic.

The Fringe Festival will be full of weird and wonderful acts

Fringe Festival Singapore
Celebrating a decade of performance art, this programme is jam-packed with 15 works from six countries. Highlights include Henrik Ibsen’’s iconic play An Enemy of the People, which depicts one man’s struggle to hold his beliefs against the majority; Three Fingers Below the Knee, which examines how censorship tried to control art during 40 years of dictatorship in Portugal; and the specially commissioned The Mountain, exploring themes of climate change, society and identity. Catch these and lots more from 8 to 19 January at venues across town. Tickets are $19 each from Sistic. Check out the full programme.

For the diary:

The Ant and the Grasshopper

The Ant and The Grasshopper
A bright, breezy musical based on Aesop’s famous fable, with colourful characters, puppets and catchy songs. Perfect for ages three to 12. See it from 26 February – 15 March at the historic Jubilee Hall at Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road. Tickets from Sistic.

My Fair Lady at MBS

My Fair Lady
Head back to Edwardian London and meet Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, and the snobbish Professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist who wagers that he can turn Eliza into a “proper lady” in three months. One for the whole family. It’s only a short season, from 11 – 23 February at Marina Bay Sands Theatres – Sands Theatre. Tuesday to Sunday at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets here.