The Year of No Return

The Necessary Stage (Singapore)

Event is cancelled

  • 21 – 23 May 2020
    Thu – Sat, 8pm
  • Victoria Theatre
  • $38*, $58
    25% Super Early Bird
    (Till 25 Feb 2020)
    Standard Price
    Cat 1
    Cat 2

    *Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors.
    Limited student front row tickets at $10.

  • Festival Commission

    1h 30m, no intermission

  • Performed in English, Japanese, Malay and Tagalog with English surtitles
  • Rating: Advisory (Some Mature Content)
    No admission for infants-in-arms
    Admission for audience age 13 years and above

    For corporate and group bookings for 25 tickets and more, please contact


The Year of No Return

The Necessary Stage (Singapore)

Rising sea levels. Melting polar ice caps. Biodiversity loss. Food shortages resulting in war, strife and refugee crises… Every day, we are inundated with dire consequences of the climate emergency.

In the face of this threat to humanity, what do we do? Recycle? Switch to environmentally-friendly products? Be a vegan? Stop having children? What can we do?

But, despite evidence of our rapidly changing environment, why do we have such different responses to climate change? What makes one a denialist, or compels another to commit acts of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice?

What are our personal stories and struggles? Can we as individuals, and collectively, affect change? Or will politics and profit dictate the fate of this planet—our only home?

A groundbreaking interdisciplinary collaboration with artists from Japan, Malaysia, The Philippines and Singapore, The Year of No Return by Singapore theatre company The Necessary Stage seeks to unravel the complications and contradictions in humanity’s responses to climate change, to question whether we live in an age of despair—or one of hope in the dark.

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