A Bigger Party than Expected

A Bigger Party than Expected



1 Nov, Fri 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM


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This session is in English


Bertha and Heng are getting married and it is, surprisingly, a bigger party than expected because everyone is invited to join in the festivities! Inspired by Rex Shelley’s seminal The Shrimp People, The Arts House transforms into a Eurasian wedding celebration. As you enjoy the strains of the wedding band and traditional Eurasian food and drink, wander through the house and encounter performances and interactive installations including ETA 9mins by Main Tulis Group, Jinkli Nona Redux by Edith Podesta, RISK by Cyril Wong,  Encrypting Kinships by Bani Haykal and Watch My Damn Mouth by Irfan Kasban and Ruby Jayaseelan, each bringing a unique take on Shelley's words.

The Literary Pioneer programme is produced by The Arts House.


Main Tulis Group is Singapore's only playwright collective focusing on developing English and Malay scripts. Main Tulis Group is a safe space where Malay playwrights of various ages can meet to share their works-in- progress, exchange ideas, and provide critique, with a view to produce more original writing for the stage.

Cyril Wong


Cyril Wong is a poet and fictionist in Singapore.

Photo credit: Stephen Black

Cyril Wong is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Edith Podesta

Australia - Singapore

Edith Podesta is a theatre maker, choreographer, and writer based in Singapore. In 2017 she was awarded Best Original Script and Production of the Year at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for her production BITCH: The Origin of the Female Species, and recently won Production of the Year at the 2019 Life! Theatre Awards for Leda and The Rage, an Esplanade Commission and Production. Edith is currently Associate Artistic Director of Young & W!LD, a division of W!LD RICE.

Photo credit: Crispian Chan

Edith Podesta is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Bani Haykal


As an artist, composer, and musician, Bani’s research interests culminate in works of various forms including installation, poetry, and performance, revolving around modes of interfacing and interaction in feedback / feedforward mechanisms. He is a member of b-quartet and Soundpainting ensemble Erik Satay & The Kampong Arkestra. In his capacity as a collaborator and a soloist, Bani has participated in festivals including Media/Art Kitchen (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Japan), Liquid Architecture, and Singapore International Festival of Arts (Singapore) among others.

Bani Haykal is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Irfan Kasban


Irfan Kasban is an interdisciplinary artist who has been involved in theatre making since 2006. Through writing, directing, performing, and production design, he hopes to celebrate the collision of space and time, constructing intricate universes as a shared experience. Irfan is an Associate Artist with both Teater Ekamatra and The Theatre Practice. He is currently developing a work based on Sun Tzu's Art of War.

Irfan Kasban is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Ruby Jayaseelan spent eight years acquiring formal training in Bharathanatyam and over the years has also exposed herself extensively to physical theatre, neo-classical, contemporary, somatic, and experimental movement in order to travel the world in the name of art.


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