• LIE WITH ME by Intercultural Theatre Institute

    26 Dec 2019

    'Lie with Me is presented by the graduating students of Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI). Written by Kaite O’Reilly and directed by Phillip Zarrilli, the piece explores the complex dynamics of modern-day relationships.

    ...One walks away from this production feeling overwhelmed, but strangely comforted by the fact that we are not alone in the struggles and trials of the complex world of relationships.'

    - Centre 42 Citizen Reviewer

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  • Lie With Me: Commentary on ‘Swipe Right’ Culture

    15 Nov 2019

    'Lie With Me is clever in its dialogue, and the layers of meaning it tries to unravel as the conversations wears on. Poetic and poignant, the language sits beautifully as subtitles, my eyes savouring every word and phrasing.'

    - Popspoken

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  • [Review] Lie With Me - a powerful exploration of the longing for intimacy

    12 Nov 2019

    'Written by Kaite O’Reilly and directed by Phillip Zarrilli, the Intercultural Theatre Institute presents the Asian premiere of Lie With Me - a play about human relationships, class struggles, and the quest for intimacy.

    Led by a cast both Singaporean and international, the play was adapted by producers and actors alike to reflect Singaporean youth, and how we form meaningful relationships with each other. This is achieved by following eight characters, presented in pairs; one character of each pair overlaps and slips into the following couple on stage, threading a cyclical narrative of interconnectedness. The fact that each pair of characters feels lonely and isolated despite the wider connection to the entire cast speaks for itself: the sadness that envelops each character in its own way seeps out from the stage and makes this play relatable and breathtaking.'

    - Arts Republic

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  • Property tycoon Stephen Riady donates S$1 million to independent theatre school in S’pore

    01 Nov 2019

    'Executive chairman of property developer OUE, Stephen Riady, has donated S$1 million to an independent theatre school, the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI).'

    - Mothership

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  • [Interview] Director Phillip Zarrilli and Playwright Kaite O’Reilly on Lie With Me, presented by ITI

    30 Oct 2019

    'Come November, the graduating cohort of the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) will be presenting the Asian premiere of Kaite O’Reilly’s Lie with Me.

    Originally set in London, this production will be localised to look at contemporary life in Singapore through glimpses into the lives of eight young people, exploring issues such as the evolving ‘rules’ of sexual encounters in a ‘swipe right’ culture, and the ways in which people survive and form genuine relationships in an increasingly unstable and consumerist society.

    To find out more about the show and the creative process, I spoke to O’Reilly and director Phillip Zarrilli.'

    - Isaac Tan

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  • Preview: Lie With Me by Intercultural Theatre Institute

    28 Oct 2019

    'The latest batch of students from Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) is just about ready to graduate, but before they do, they’ll be presenting one last show, with the Asian premiere of Lie With Me by award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly this November at the Esplanade Theatre Studio.

    Directed by internationally renowned director Phillip Zarrilli, Lie With Me looks at contemporary life in Singapore through glimpses into the lives of eight young people, exploring issues such as the evolving ‘rules’ of sexual encounters in a ‘swipe right’ culture, and the ways in which people survive and form genuine relationships in an increasingly unstable and consumerist society.

    O’Reilly and Zarrilli are acclaimed, frequent collaborators, whose play richard III redux was one of three finalist scripts for the prestigious James Tait Black Prize in Drama, which celebrates groundbreaking theatre produced worldwide.'

    - Bak Chor Mee Boy

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  • A patron's big gift to the arts

    18 Oct 2019

    'The Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) is naming a chair after real estate company OUE executive chairman Dr Stephen Riady, who donated $1 million to the performing arts school.

    The Stephen Riady Master Chair in Beijing Opera is an acknowledgement of the largest donation from an individual donor to an independent arts organisation in Singapore.

    The National Arts Council said it has no records of an individual donor gifting this amount to a small arts organisation since it started tracking donations for its Patron of the Arts award in 1983.'

    - The Straits Times

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  • Review: a line could be crossed and you would cease to be by Intercultural Theatre Institute

    10 Sep 2019

    'In the Intercultural Theatre Institute’s (ITI) new production, the latest batch of graduating students tackle the ever-looming issue of climate change with Australian playwright Andrew Sutherland’s a line could be crossed and you would slowly cease to be. Directed by Koh Wan Ching (known for arresting, colourful visuals), the oblique, wandering text is given gorgeous form as the play throws us overboard into a world where climate change discourse is the only thing worth fearing and making conversation about.'

    - Bak Chor Mee Boy

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  • Interview with Andrew Sutherland - erasing the line between climate change and social issues

    03 Sep 2019

    'As much as this is a work involving climate futures and environmental issues, it's more so a work about how we relate our emotional lives - our relationship to hope or our personal futures - to those issues, whether knowingly or unknowingly.'

    - Arts Republic

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  • Preview: a line could be crossed and you would slowly cease to be by Intercultural Theatre Institute

    27 Aug 2019

    'Following their devised production The Peculiar Tra La back in March, the newest graduating cohort of the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) are back this September with yet another brand new play for their second production of the year.

    Created by Australian playwright Andrew Sutherland, a line could be crossed and you would slowly cease to be plays at the Drama Centre Black Box from 5th to 7th September, and is set to explore the ever growing issue of climate change, as it excavates human relationships with other humans, animals and nature. As the weather changes, fishes die, beaches disappear and palm trees fall, a mother searches for a lost son, humans look for otters, and a merlion keeps track of change. Is it an inevitable timeline we’re following through, or a deadline of doom that we’re inching ever closer towards – a line that could be crossed…or one we already have.'

    - Bak Chor Mee Boy

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