|Presented By||W!LD RICE|
|Written By||Alfian Sa’at & Marcia Vanderstraaten|
|Directed By||Ivan Heng & Glen Goei|
|Starring||Ben Cutler / Brendon Fernandez / Ghafir Akbar / Sharda Harrison / Ivan Heng / Jo Kukathas / Dwayne Lau / Lee Chee Keng / Moo Siew Keh / Pam Oei / Siti Khalijah Zainal / Julie Wee / Yap Yi Kai / Lina Yu|
A hotel in Singapore is opened at the turn of the century, when the island is still a jewel in the British Crown. It serves as an exotic pit stop for travellers who wish to explore the glittering expanse of the British Empire.
Each day, new faces appear and swiftly disappear – guests and staff alike. Every ten years, we check into the hotel and meet its residents. As Singapore morphs from British colony to Malaysian state to sovereign nation, its denizens experience profound and dramatic changes. We meet Indian mutineers, Cantonese nannies, Malay film stars, Japanese soldiers, transgender sex workers, wedding guests and suspected terrorists. They live out pivotal moments in their personal lives, even as empires die and new ones are born from their ashes.
A multi-generational epic that spans a century and unfolds in nine languages over five hours, HOTEL explores the notions of empire, nationhood, migration and identity against the backdrop of a shrinking world.
Unanimously acclaimed as an instant classic and a five-star experience following its sold-out premiere at the 2015 Singapore International Festival of Arts, HOTEL is a ground-breaking theatrical event that highlights the eclectic energies born from the collisions between old and new, East and West, and tradition and modernity.
M1-The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2016 wins:
- Production Of The Year
- Best Director
- Best Original Script
- Best Ensemble
M1-The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2016 nominations:
- Best Set Design
- Best Lighting Design
- Best Costume Design
HOTEL was commissioned by the Singapore International Festival of Arts and produced in partnership with W!LD RICE.
Performed in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Malay, Tamil, Urdu, Tagalog and Japanese, with English surtitles.
“W!LD RICE’s HOTEL is a five-star experience! … This is a permanent notch in Singapore theatre history, the sort of play that declares to the world – we have arrived.”
– The Straits Times
“An instant classic! … Audacious, exhilarating, splendidly funny and at times heartbreaking, HOTEL sets a new benchmark for Singapore theatre that will not likely be surpassed by any other soon. … You’d be crazy to miss it!”
– The Business Times