• Chain reaction: Lie With Me by Intercultural Theatre Institute

    'ITI’s graduation production, Lie With Me is filled with broken characters, caught in capsules of emotional decrepitude. The work, written by Kaite O’Reilly is based on Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde, repurposed to examine the fissures of contemporary relationships.

    ...While there were clear stand-out performances, all of the actors had equal opportunity to showcase their skills. O’Reilly describes the structure of Lie With Me as a ‘daisy chain’ and the ostensibly separate pieces come together into a fragile but viable whole. For the graduating class of the Intercultural Theatre Institute, Lie With Me is as good a coming out as there can be.'

    - Arts Equator

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  • 'The actor is just a tool in cinema,' says actor Saran Jith

    'Curtains are up. A playful Cupid makes his entry in the English play Chandala, Impure; the audience is struck by his impish grin. The god of love, dressed in flowers and armed with a bow and a quiver of arrows, cycles the lovers around stage. Romance has arrived; so has the actor, Saran Jith, on the modern Indian stage.

    Theatre lovers already know Saran as the playful Cupid and endearing maama, a well-wisher of the lovers, in the Puducherry-based Indianostrum’s play. Today, he has created a buzz in Kerala, his home state, with a role in Lal Jose’s latest, 41.

    ...The actor followed this up with a highly specialised three years’ training module at Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) in Singapore.

    ITI training moulded Saran’s body and mind as an actor. “The place carves out unique artistes, and not brands. They train you in diverse art forms of Asia as well as contemporary acting methods. But, no one tells you what is right or wrong. It’s what we take away from each form, and, how we relate it with contemporary theatre.” The film had a Singapore release. And, Saran was overjoyed to watch a video of his teachers in ITI sharing their reactions after watching the movie. “I got the spirit of acting from home and the body of acting from ITI.”'

    - The Hindu

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  • Welcome boost for the arts

    'The Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) received $1 million from real estate company OUE's executive chairman Stephen Riady, which along with dollar-for-dollar matching from the Government's Cultural Matching Fund, means the performing arts school will have $2 million to fund its training programmes. Such donations are an encouraging sign of the broadening nature of arts appreciation in Singapore. Traditionally, the arts have been a poorer cousin in the donation stakes as patrons prefer more practical causes such as education, healthcare and the elderly.

    That donors are starting to give more generously to build software for the arts industry is a welcome development, especially as the resources are evidently much needed. Lasalle's McNally campus, for example, was meant for 1,850 students, but the school population currently numbers about 2,700. The ITI, a much more specialised institution, has trained 64 graduates from 17 countries since 2000, including Golden Horse-nominated actress Yeo Yann Yann.

    The growth of Lasalle's school population, and the demand for ITI's rigorous three-year course, is a reflection
    of the growing sophistication and dynamism of Singapore's arts scene. The healthy enrolment is a sign that
    home-grown students are more confident about pursuing a life in the arts. Students from the region, too, are
    attracted by the arts education and training opportunities here. Hopefully, the virtuous circle will continue to
    feed the scene. This is where the Ngee Ann Kongsi and Dr Riady have shown the way, as donors too are a
    crucial part of the arts ecosystem.'

    - The Straits Times

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

    '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

    '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

    '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

    '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

    '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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  • Intercultural Theatre Institute presents the Asian premiere of “Lie With Me” this November

    'The Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI), an independent theatre school for contemporary artists, will be presenting the Asian premiere of ‘Lie With Me’ by award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly, from 7–9 November at Esplanade Theatre Studio.

    What’s more, this year’s graduating cohort will be directed by internationally renowned director Phillip Zarrilli.'

    - The Online Citizen

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  • A patron's big gift to the arts

    '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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