A newly formed collective - Ground Z-0 (founded by Singapore artist Zelda Tatiana Ng) has resurrected a slice of the National Gallery Singapores recent history through a mixed-media presentation that leads audiences on an interactive tour that retraces the steps of defendants in some of the countrys most notorious criminal cases.
While most know that the Gallery is housed under the combined roofs of two of Singapores most distinctive colonial-era buildings the former Supreme Court and the City Hall many may not have realised that before its present incarnation, the former was Singapores highest court where many of the countrys most shocking criminal cases punishable by death were brought to be tried.
Through multilingual performances based on some of Singapores shocking crimes, Ground Z-0 invites audiences to step into the shoes of all parties involved in every death penalty case victims and their family members, death row inmates and their families, defendant lawyer, prosecutor, prison warden and witnesses as they walk along a route leading from what were former holding cells for defendants, to the courtroom.
Commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts.
Zelda Tatiana Ng
A graduate of the Theatre Training & Research Programme (Singapore) – currently known as the Intercultural Theatre Institute – Zelda Tatiana has been working as a theatre practitioner for over 20 years in various aspects of theatre and with almost all major established theatre companies in Singapore. Her latest work You are Always on My Mind presented by The Finger Players, gained the top score from the judges at the Gekio Asia Playwright Competition in Nagoya.
Zelda Tatiana’s other recent involvements include Sometime Moon (Toy Factory, actor), Mama White Snake (W!ldrice, actor), Body X II (independent, actor), Inheritance (The Finger Players, director), Afar (The Finger Players, director), Three Children & Titoudao (Esplanade, director), Square Moon (independent, lead actor) and One Hundred Years of Solitude – Cultural Revolution (Zuni Icosahedron Hong Kong and Drama Box, actor), amongst many others. Her other means of expressions include singing, writing, painting
and photography. Zelda Tatiana is the Founder and Creative Director of GroundZ-0, a multilingual space that aims to explore, research, promote and produce intercultural and cross genre/ discipline works in Singapore.
Adib is a theatre practitioner who acts, writes and directs. He has worked with Checkpoint Theatre, Teater Ekamatra, Teater Kami and TheatreWorks, amongst others. He has also facilitated and acted in Forum Theatre productions by The Necessary Stage and Drama Box. Among his directing credits are 28.8 (Teater Kami) written and directed by him and Don't Colour Outside the Lines (Buds Theatre). His most recent directorial work, Without Reason (ArtsWok Collaborative) was presented as part of the M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival held at the Esplanade. He is currently an Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre and is a founding member of the Singaporean playwright collective Main Tulis Group.
Grace graduated from the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) in 2014. She is the Artistic Director of Ver Theatre and dabbles in acting, creating, directing and writing in different combinations for the stage. Some of her works include Mother I (2), Stories and Songs from the Bow for Esplanade’s Feed Your Imaginations series, Mother I: Amma Naan: Ibu Aku and Meera’s Adventure series using puppets created from sarees. She also acts as Lathika in MediaCorp’s long form TV drama, Tanglin. She hopes to create intercultural works and give importance to voices of the minority and suppressed.
Jeramy has recently appeared on stage as Zachariah in The Wedding Pig (The Second Breakfast Company) as well as Jacob and Joseph in The Good Farmer (TheatreWorks). He holds a First Class BA(Hons) in Acting from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. At LASALLE, his credits include M in Samuel Beckett’s Play directed by Sarah Jane Scaife, Lucio in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure directed by Adam Marple, and Mrs. Yang in Leow Puay Tin’s Family directed by Noor Effendy Ibrahim. Jeramy wishes to create performance work particularly centred on queer studies.
Lina graduated from the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) in 2014 where she gained experience in traditional Asian art forms and contemporary and western theatre training. She recently performed at the Esplanade in The King, The Archer and the Ten Suns for the Foreword February programme. Last year, she appeared in Hotel by W!ld Rice at the OzAsia Festival (Adelaide); and You are Always on My Mind, the first production by GroundZ-0, presented by The Finger Players in Nagoya. She was part of The Esplanade Studio's RAW: Precise Purpose of Being Broken, an exploratory project working with texts by Haresh Sharma; and Prism (2017) by Toy Factory. She took part in earlier productions as cast and crew in different capacities. Lina is currently an associate artiste with the newly formed collective, GroundZ-0. She hopes to be involved in many more future productions and to develop her craft as an actor.
Suhaili has worked professionally as an actor since 2003. This includes writing and directing a children’s play, The Kingdom Under My Bed (2010) under Teater Ekamatra for Octoburst! at the Esplanade. Her recent works include Main-Main (2017, Teater Ekamatra) and Medea (2017, Cake Theatrical Productions). Suhaili was also nominated as Best Sound Design at the Life! Theatre Awards 2017 for her contribution to a collaborative independent production, Mother I: Amma Naan: Ibu Aku (2016).
Vignesh is a Singaporean actor, educator and theatre practitioner. His affair with the stage began in 2009 when he performed with We Colour People Theatre & Company on their second production titled Rainbow’s Ending. His other theatre credits include The Elephant Show (Elephant Collective), The Crucible (Toy Factory), Othello (Singapore Repertory Theatre), Beautiful Chance Encounter of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella on an Operating Table (Teater Ekamatra), Going Local 4 (Buds Theatre), MOE (Dark Matter Theatrics) and SEVEN (Esplanade). His film and television credits include Love Notes (EN films), Door to Door (Oak3 Productions) and Point of Entry (MediaCorp). Occasionally, Vignesh finds himself directing productions. He takes a particular interest in Forum Theatre as well as devising theatre through an intercultural and collaborative process. He has performed in Singapore, Malaysia, and is headed to the Philippines in June to collaborate with Vaudeville Theatre Company in Cebu.