SIFA 2017

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Open Homes

Jeffrey Tan

  • 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 Aug
  • Various locations
  • $15 (no further discount)

  • 30m, no intermission

  • Performed in Multiple languages of Singapore
  • This programme is eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant Subsidy.

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Open Homes

Jeffrey Tan

You walk around your estate and catch a glimpse of your neighbours in their homes eating, laughing, quarrelling, playing mahjong… What are the stories that play out behind those doors, the dramas unfolding behind those drapes?

Your curiosity is about to be satisfied with Open Homes, one of the most unique theatre experiences of SIFA 2017. Returning after a successful run in 2015, the theatre concept this time will enter HDB public housing estates, as well as private condominiums and landed residences.

The doors of 30 homes will be flung open over three weekends and their residents will invite us into their private spaces to enchant with stories they wish to share.

Mentored by theatre-makers, this intimate experience promises to take audiences around Singapore and into the warmth of open homes. In each short, snappy 30-minute show, you will get an up-close-and-personal view of the heartbreak and humour, comedy and chaos, domestic dramas and dreams that rule in our apartment buildings, estates and neighbourhoods across the country.

What is to discover? Maybe it's that no matter whether rich or poor, single or married, young or old, we still share the capacity to care for one another and to dream big.

Performed in the multiple languages of Singapore.

Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited in these living-room theatres.

Please note that registration will end a day before Open Homes weekend at 11 pm. 
For enquiries, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 6435 0196 number. 

 Commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).

Download the full synopses of the 30 Open Homes here.


Ahmad Musta'ain Bin Khamis

Ahmad is a teacher of Drama and English Language in Cedar Girls' Secondary School. He also volunteers his energy and time as the Secretary of the Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA) for Y2016-2017 and co-chairs the programming committee of the SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2017. Ahmad is known for winning the Theatreworks' 24 Hour Playwriting Competition in 2010 for his play Serunding, which has gone to tour around various venues in Singapore (2010-2014) and Malaysia (2015) under Culturelink's Bilateral Arts Festival, Titian Budaya. He was also the artist-mentor to two homeowners for Open Homes (2015) as commissioned by People's Association (PAssion Arts) and SIFA.

Ebelle Chong

After obtaining her Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, Chong enrolled in LASALLE College of the Arts to pursue dance. Since graduating with a diploma in contemporary dance in 2001, administratively, she has worked with local companies including Touch Entertainment (Production Manager 2001-2002), Ah Hock and Peng Yu (General Manager/Production Manager from 2003-2004) and The Arts Fission Company (Project Manager 2005-2006). Ebelle got involved in four Open Homes in 2015. She is currently the Company Manager for RAW Moves, a local contemporary dance company whose mission is in redefining movement.

Ian Loy

A Young Artist Award 2014 recipient, Ian Loy is also the Founder and Artistic Director of MySuperFuture Theatrical Productions. He specialises in children's theatre and is a regular collaborator of the Esplanade's Playtime! programme, which cultivates appreciation for theatre among children aged two to four. He also frequently partners local theatre companies to conduct drama workshops in secondary schools and junior colleges. Ian co-created with two homes for the 2015 Open Homes.

Jalyn Han

Jalyn Han is a theatre practitioner and trainer with over thirty years of experience in acting, directing, scriptwriting, and theatre education. She first completed the Acting and Directing courses by the late Kuo Pao Kun in 1989 and started her performing arts journey with the SAF Music & Drama Company in 1979. She has worked with The Theatre Practice, Drama Box, The Necessary Stage, TheatreWorks, Toy Factory Theatre, Nine Years Theatre as well as mainstream and special needs schools. She founded InARTS ( in March 2012 to realise her long-time dream of producing quality artistic content with heart, in collaboration with like-minded artistic talents.

Judy Ngo

Judy Ngo is the Artistic Director of 1N THE ACT which focuses on education through drama. In her spare time, she directs and acts for other companies. She has more than 15 years of experience working with schools in the capacity of a drama educator, CCA instructor and Artist-in- School. She believes in constant training and has attended courses conducted by international masters such as David Diamond (Canada), Philippe Gaulier (France), Anne Bogart (USA) and Richard Schechner (USA).

Oniatta Effendi

Oniatta Effendi is a qualified and experienced Drama Educator. She graduated from Nanyang Technological University/ National Institute of Education with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Diploma in Education, majoring in Drama and Performance, and English Language. She occasionally performs on stage as well. She was nominated Best Actress for Life! Theatre Awards 2012 for a role in The Gunpowder Trail staged in August 2011. Oniatta is a familiar face on Suria – having presented an award-wining children’s TV programme (Krayon) for 4 consecutive seasons. She was last seen on screen as a TV presenter in an edu-tainment Malay TV programme that promotes love for Mathematics (SOS Matematik), produced by Screenbox Production House and Mendaki. Most recently, she worked with ex-inmates with addiction issues at a halfway house using drama as a medium for expressing themselves.

Sharda Harrison

Sharda Harrison is a local theatre performer and arts educator. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Acting from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2009. Since then she has performed in a spectrum of theatre shows in Singapore as well as internationally. Sharda founded Pink Gajah Theatre in 2013. She uses Pink Gajah as a platform to showcase arts focussed on social and environmental activism. Her education wing focuses on bringing movement, drama and balance to children, teenagers and adults. Sharda co-created two pieces for the 2015 Open Homes.

Peggy Ferroa

Peggy Ferroa is a teaching artist and performance maker. Her strength lies in working with non-actors and she is often commissioned to write and direct productions for Singapore communities. As a teaching artist, Peggy has been part of the National Art Council’s Teaching Through the Arts Programme (TTAP) since 2012. Peggy is immediate past president and current vice president of the Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA). Back in 2012, she was a local collaborating artist for Ciudades Paralelas (Parallel Cities) for the Singapore Arts Festival during which she worked with chamber maids for an installation piece. She is delighted to be part of Open Homes and looks forward to working with yet another community.

Saiful Amri Ahmad

Saiful Amri has been involved in performing arts since 1997. He has performed, directed, produced, managed and written numerous Malay performing arts projects and arts education programmes in English and Malay. As a Theatre Producer, his notable works are Gentarasa 2007: Titisan Cacamerba and Gentarasa 2012: Bagaimana Kalau… Gentar Gegarannya. He was part of the Best Ensemble at Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2008 with the cast of Bilik Ahmad and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Hawa (Hatch Theatrics/ Wild Rice's Singapore Theatre Festival) at the M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2017.

Jeffrey Tan

An experienced theatre director and educator of twenty-five years, Jeffrey has worked full time as Resident Director with The Theatre Practice (1997), Drama Lecturer and Acting Head of Drama with LASALLE SIA (1999) and as Associate Artistic Director with TheatreWorks (S) Ltd (From 2002 - 2006). He was Assistant Director (Festivals) with the National Arts Council from 2007 to 2009 and Head, Commune: Participation with the Singapore Arts Festival from 2010 to 2012. Between 2012 to 2015, Jeffrey was Assistant Director, Community Arts and Culture Division, People’s Association. He ran three PAssionArts Festivals and also conceptualized and produced Open Homes – between nine theatre mentors and 25 homeowners to create their 30-minute performances in their living rooms. Currently Jeffrey is a freelance Theatre Director and Independent Producer. He also sits on the NAC External Theatre Assessor Panel.

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