Introducing The ETCeteras theatre company founded in April 1996, comprising mainly professionals with day jobs, united by their common interest in using theatre as a form of expression, committed to staging only original works in the arts scene. They have presented many plays to much acclaim, including Want United People 《开门不见山》in Singapore Festival of Arts 1998, Madam What’s Next 《黑青白蛇传》for Chinese Cultural Festival 2000 and Game Play 《十年之痒》at Huayi Festival in Feb 2007. Its works from 1991 and 2005 have been published in three volumes of The ETCeteras collections: Free Seating 《亲密观戏》(1996) , Second Helping 《戏戏相观》(2005), and Third Party 《观门见山》(2009).
Announcing ETCeteras latest production on PSLE- Please Stop Learning for Exams or Please Start Learning Early? Please Stop Learning Excessively or Prejudice Starts a Little Early? This four-lettered-word questions life as a series of MCQs with perhaps, no model answers. The play explores a child’s journey through the national examination that all Singaporean children are familiar with. Xiao Li, the protagonist of the play, struggles to find herself while trying to fulfill parental expectations. It is Xiao Li’s birthday but she still has to prepare for PSLE. Her classmates are unable to attend her birthday party due to the overwhelming amount of homework and endless tuition sessions. Disappointed, she wished for something else instead…
Audience, you can also become active participants in the play by joining the young chivalrous warriors and will be sitting for exams while they warm their seats. Expect to feel the familiar yet nerve-wrecking adrenalin rush as we reminisce the harrowing PSLE experience.
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