The year is 2021. Climate change is wreaking havoc across the globe, "Brexit" is causing chaos all over Europe and Donald Trump has been re-elected United States president for a second term. In the wake of escalating wars in the Middle East, famine in West Africa and relentless terrorist attacks by radical extremists, the United Kingdom - and many nations around the world - has enforced a ban on all immigration.
With the coastline around him and life as he knows it crumbling to dust, Leslie Chen is forced to abandon his home in England and move his family back to his birthplace, Singapore. Confronting a country that is a world apart from the one he knew as a child, Chen is now made to question the meaning of home.
As the crises and conflicts escalate, one thing is certain - come hell or high water, and possibly both, he must protect his family at all costs.
While dragonflies migrate halfway across the world, we, the human race, struggle to embrace our nomadic heritage, our need to move to greener pastures in order to survive. And as global warming, the resurgence of far-right politics and worldwide paranoia force us to burn bridges and build walls among communities, families and individuals, we have to ask ourselves: Where do we go from here?
Performed in English (some Mandarin dialogue with English surtitles).
Commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).
Victoria Theatre is located at 9 Empress Pl, Singapore 179556
Tracie trained at Croydon College, London, and clocked up 25 years working throughout the UK and Asia with Quicksilver Theatre Company, Johnny Ball Productions, Mu-Lan Theatre Company, Pimlico Opera, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Surrey Opera and Theatreworks. In 2009 she founded Pangdemonium Theatre Company with her husband Adrian. Tracie has been nominated for the Best Director Award nine times at the ST Life! Theatre Awards for her work on The Dresser; The Snow Queen; The Pillowman; The Full Monty; Dealer’s Choice; Rabbit Hole; Next to Normal, Fat Pig and Tribes.
Tracie is very proud to have been awarded the 2015 AWA International Woman of the Year for The Arts.
Adrian Pang is a theatre actor, with numerous UK and Singapore stage credits to his name, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Comedy of Errors; The Magic Fundoshi; The Mens Womb; A Christmas Carol; Tormented; The Circles of Paradise; One For The Road; Sleeping Beauty; New Territories; Take Away; Privates on Parade; as well as Hamlet; Macbeth; Twelfth Night; Forbidden City; Into the Woods; The Glass Menagerie; Little Shop of Horrors; They’re Playing Our Song; Barefoot in the Park; A Twist of Fate; Boeing Boeing; God of Carnage; The Weight of Silk on Skin and The LKY Musical.
Adrian also has 7 Best Actor nominations and 4 wins at the ST! Life Theatre Awards to his name. In 2009, he co-founded Pangdemonium Theatre Company with his wife Tracie and has acted in most of their productions.
Stephanie is an actress and writer, born and raised in Singapore. She read English at Cambridge before training on a scholarship at LAMDA. As a writer, her adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s award-winning novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist premiered last autumn at the Finborough. Her first play, Sisters, re-opened the Sheffield Crucible Studio in 2010 after the theatre’s refurbishment to critical acclaim. She has written numerous short pieces for theatre and radio as well as a number of short films for LAMDA films.
Stephanie is also a founder member and trustee of Act for Change campaigning for representative diversity in the industry, a trustee of the National Student Drama Festival and a proud wife and mother.