Review: FIVE by Intercultural Theatre Institute
15 Nov 2020
'The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a myriad of problems and effects, something that’s likely to be felt just as strongly, if not more so, than the five graduating members of the Intercultural Theatre Institute’s (ITI) latest batch of graduating students. Not only did they have to cancel their mid-year performance; as foreign students away from their immediate family, and locked down in isolation, their mental health certainly took a toll over the last few months, leaving them worse for the wear during the initial stages of the circuit breaker.
However, with the lifting of live performance restrictions, graduating students Kyongsu Kathy Han, Li-chuan Lin (a.k.a. Aki), Prajith K Prasad, Ramith Ramesh, and Rhian Hiew Khai Chin have been given a chance to redeem themselves and make good with their graduating show. Directed by Kok Heng Leun, FIVE is a devised, hybrid live/Zoom work that takes inspiration from each student’s deeply personal works developed during the pandemic, as well as Virginia Woolf’s short story The Mark on the Wall, serving as a culmination of the mental hell they’ve gone through in isolated living.'
- Bak Chor Mee Boy