Festival Commission



By Kaylene Tan & Paul Rae

3 – 5 Jun
Fri – Sun, 7.30pm
Pasir Panjang Power Station


Message from ED

Message from the Executive Director

It seems almost obvious that in the face of the incredible uncertainty of this current moment– that reclaiming and reaffirming the rituals of our daily lives has become ever more important as a bulwark against the shifting sands of contemporary existence. The constancy, history and repetitiveness of social rituals seem almost a comfort and source of solace.
For many of us, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is an annual ritual we all look forward to. This year, celebrate a long-awaited return to whatever new normal awaits us, the SIFA team will deliver bold new artistic experiences for everyone to enjoy,  safely of course.

AHL as the festival organiser is proud to have with us Natalie Hennedige to helm SIFA as Festival Director from 2022 to 2024. As a recipient of the National Arts Council Young Artist Award in 2007 and the JCCI Singapore Foundation Culture Award in 2010, Natalie is known for presenting progressive, cross-disciplinary work exploring contemporary issues.

Tan Boon Hui



SIFA 2022 reflects a dissolution of categories or labels; to invite, instead, and adopt artistically fluid collaborations and collaborators, gathering within individual creations a range of artistic disciplines, practices and perspectives. The festival invites practitioners of vivid cultural hues from different walks of life to embrace a blending of genres, artistic disciplines and internationality – in performances made by artists with strong and unique perspectives – in the poly-dynamic and universal language of art.
This echoes the ways in which contemporary performance is being made in the world. Also, importantly, it reflects how our dialogue with each other on a human level requires nuance because we live in systems of such complexity, within a world having gone through serious bouts of illness and faced with pertinent social and political movements that continue to test our passions and challenge us. The performing arts, therefore, needs to be upheld as space for reflection, openness and nuanced creative articulation to be freely expressed.
It was important for me too that SIFA be a platform for originality, propelling artists and performance creation coming from Singapore, while imagining what a meaningful international dynamic looks like within our city's pinnacle performing arts festival.
Natalie Hennedige

Message from Creators

Message from Creators


The Devil is an invasive species: the name we give to the spreading effect of a million human actions, few unambiguously evil, which accumulate to create malign outcomes and cruel behaviours. 'Devil's Cherry' is an invasive species too, brought to Australia and other parts of the world by the settlers and traders of the past. Better known as Deadly Nightshade, in tiny quantities, its purple-black berries are medicinal and hallucinogenic. Any more than that, and it'll kill you.

The seeds of Devil’s Cherry were planted in 2020. We were commissioned by Natalie Hennedige and Cake Theatre for Life in a Cloud, a series of artistic responses to the unusual times we were living in. The result was a short film, Double Life. Yearning to escape lockdown, life partners Debbie and Mo (Neo Swee Lin and Lim Kay Siu) imagine going to Australia, where the skies are blue and there are wild kangaroos just hopping around. “Wouldn’t that be great?” says Debbie.

As the play opens, Debbie and Mo have realised their dream. They've been on the road for months, “at home anywhere and everywhere.” But the land is charged by the energies of the past: strange residues of memory and meaning in almost-human form; one hungry for souls, feeding off their prey's inmost desires, the other beaten down over centuries, but nurturing an epic capacity for love.

What is the result of this encounter? The triumph of good over evil? The replacement of one dominant power by another? Or something else? Visited by past losses and new vulnerabilities, our characters find in each other the resources for different ways of being in or leaving the world. 

Enjoy the show.

Devil's Cherry was conceived and developed in Melbourne on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We acknowledge and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Paul Rae
Writer and Director
Kaylene Tan
Writer and Director
Paul Rae
Writer and Director
Kaylene Tan
Writer and Director

Quotes & Inspiration

Explore a contemplative perspective on Kaylene & Paul's creative stances and strategies.



Written and directed by
Kaylene Tan
Paul Rae
Associate Producer
James Jordan Tay

Performed by

Marlanie Haerewa
Lim Kay Siu
Neo Swee Lin
Liz Sergeant Tan
Raina Peterson
Paul Rawson

Creative Team

Composer and Sound Designer
Darius Kedros
Lighting Designer
Andy Lim
Multimedia Designer
Brian Gothong Tan
Set Designer
Wong Chee Wai
Sound Engineer
Varian Tan
Make-up and Hair
The Make Up Room
Costume Coordinator
Theresa Chan
Camera Director
Teh Yeesheng
Designer for Publicity Image
Charli Lin

Production Stage Management Team

Stage Manager
Juraidah Bte Rahman
Assistant Stage Manager
Alethea Koh
Multimedia Operator
Nursyahirah Bte Zulkinia
Caitlyn Salter
Daniel Tham
Tan Jia Min

Special Thanks

Claire Devine, Song Chai Khim, University of Melbourne, Ashley Hair Salon, BCube Live Sound & Production, GOH SENG LAI, Media Variants, Joyce Gan, Noorlinah Mohamed, Drone Pilots: Chua He An, Richie Lim from Drone Flying Academy, The NeokeleLims for the use of the song, Thank You for Taking My Hand.

The Production would like to thank each and everyone who has contributed and helped us in this production but whose name we were not able to include at the time of this creation.



Paul Rae
Writer and Director
Paul Rae co-founded spell#7 with Kaylene Tan in 1997. They went on to create 21 performances for the company between 1997 to 2016...

Kaylene Tan
Writer and Director

Kaylene Tan has created performances, audio and site-specific works as a writer, director and performer with the Singapore theatre company, spell#7.

Lim Kay Siu
Kay Siu met his wife Swee Lin while working on a Singapore Arts Festival play, “Dragon’s Teeth Gate” by Stella Kon, in 1986. Since then, he has acted in plays...

Neo Swee Lin

Neo Swee Lin trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She also has a law degree from NUS.

Liz Sergeant Tan

Liz Sergeant Tan graduated from the Intercultural Theatre Institute in 2016, and has been freelancing ever since.

Raina Peterson

Raina Peterson is a classical Indian dance and queer performance artist. One of Australia's very few professional practitioners...

Marlanie Haerewa
Marlanie Haerewa is a proud Aboriginal and Māori woman from the Nyikina nation and Ngāti Porou iwi. She was born and raised in Western Australia in a small town...

Darius Kedros
Composer and Sound Designer
Darius Kedros is a sound designer, composer, and music producer working across theatre, screen, immersive installation, virtual reality and audio works...

Brian Gothong Tan
Multimedia Designer
Brian Gothong Tan is one of the leading creatives in Singapore and is best known for his cutting-edge and highly engaging works in theatre, film and installation art...

Andy Lim
Lighting Designer
With his minimalistic approach and dramaturgical integration of source material, Andy Lim roots his process in design concepts based on research and a keen sensitivity to the history...

Wong Chee Wai
Set Designer
Chee Wai is a full-time freelance set designer. He has designed for and worked with various performing arts companies in Singapore. Some of his recent works are Nine Years’ Theatre’s Between You and Me...

James Jordan Tay
Associate Producer
James Jordan Tay started his career as an events and theatre production manager with Orangedot Productions in 2002. Since then, he had managed various commercial, artistic productions, festival openings...


About SIFA

As Singapore's annual pinnacle performing arts festival, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) presents captivating and diverse works across theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts. First launched as the Singapore Festival of Arts in 1977, the festival has gone through several evolutions and inspired generations of arts lovers and practitioners.  
Under the helm of Festival Director Natalie Hennedige from 2022 to 2024, SIFA will focus on performance and creation in the physical and online space, around the theme The Anatomy of Performance.
Today, the highly anticipated festival is a high point on Singapore's arts and cultural calendar. SIFA continues its festival mission to champion the creation and presentation of Singaporean and international works.

About Arts House Limited

Arts House Limited (AHL) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to enriching lives through the arts. AHL is the cultural place manager of Singapore’s Civic District. It manages two key national monuments – The Arts House, a multidisciplinary arts centre with a focus on literary programming, and the Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, a heritage building that is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. It also runs performing arts space Drama Centre as well as three creative enclaves for artists, arts groups and creative businesses - the Goodman Arts CentreAliwal Arts Centre and Stamford Arts Centre.

AHL organises the Singapore International Festival of Arts – an annual pinnacle performing arts festival; as well as the Singapore Writers Festival – a multilingual festival presenting the world’s leading literary talents. In addition, AHL manages Our Cultural Medallion Story – the showcase on Singapore’s Cultural Medallion recipients at The Arts House.

AHL was set up in 11 December 2002 as a public company limited by guarantee under the National Arts Council and was officially renamed Arts House Limited on 19 March 2014. For more information, visit

Special Thanks To

Festival Sponsors
Official Hotel

Official Logistics Partner

Official Outdoor Media Partner
Official Airline

Official Technical Sponsor of Pasir Panjang Power Station Programmes
Catering Partner for Opening Reception
Festival Donors

Jeremy Lee
Mr & Mrs Victor & Michelle Sassoon


Organised By
Commissioned By
Supported By
Matched By


Recommended Shows

Delicate Spells of Mind
Available on VOD
Ceremonial Enactments
Available on VOD
Bangsawan Gemala Malam
Available on VOD
Available on VOD



Executive Director:
Tan Boon Hui
Festival Director:
Natalie Hennedige
Senior Director, Strategy and Planning:
Yeow Ju Li
Senior Director, Programming & Producing:
Ken Tan
Director, Marketing and Communications:
Jasmine Gan
Director, Placemaking and Partnership Development:
Lee Mun Ping
Director, Human Resource and IT:
Isniati Ali
Director, Asset Management and Leasing:
Rachel Chu
Director, Finance:
Oh Boon Ping
Director, Corporate Facilities Management:
Saburulla S/O Abdul Gani
Corporate FM
Security Manager:
Shri Ram
Asst Manager:
Ahmad Adli
Managers and Executives:
Amanda Koh
Chris Tay
Huang Shuncong
Jill Lau
Lyn Yeoh
Samantha Chua
Siti Nur Jazeerah
Programming & Producing
Senior Producers:
Christie Chua
Mervyn Quek
Ye JunMin
Fezhah Maznan
Hoo Kuan Cien
Senior Manager, Programmes:
Lisa Marie Lip
Ai Honda
Production & Technical
Senior Production Managers:
Mohamed Fazil Bin Sulaiman
Cindy Yeong
Production Coordinators:
Celestine Wong
Melissa Chin
Alexandra Chan
Technical Managers:
Muhammad Hannan Bin Mohd Khusni
Technical Coordinators:
Huang Xiangbin
Iswadi Bin Razle
Executive, Administration:
Izyan Nooraini