From the award-winning playwright that brought you Boom and Everything but The Brain, Jean Tay’s SmartyPants and the Swordfish is a compelling immersive, interactive and inclusive theatre play that delves into Singapore’s history while taking a constructive look at the issue of bullying.
With acclaimed directors Samantha Scott-Blackhall and Tan Beng Tian at the helm, the story opens with a group of students investigating the legend of Redhill, probing to uncover how a young kampung boy met his demise at the hands of a jealous sultan. As they peel back the layers of this age-old tale, they uncover hidden truths, meet evil advisors and even fend off an attack by swordfishes!
Featuring a collaborative staging between mainstream actors and artists with disabilities, who will be manoeuvring colourful puppets to bring the play to life, the diverse casting underpins the importance to have empathy and respect for one another, regardless of differences.
SmartyPants and the Swordfish does not just re-tell history. Through a post-show dialogue, it engages young audiences to explore the dynamics of power and learn how to prevent bullying. The play further provides a platform for intellectually disabled artists to showcase their skills, gain professional experience and be recognised as equal contributors to the creative process.
A sensory and wheelchair-friendly relaxed performance that incorporates Creative Captioning during the performance, with Creative Audio Description provided through in-ear devices and touch tours upon request, everyone is welcome into this imaginative and safe theatre space. Speech-to-Text interpretation, as well as SgSL interpretation, is also available upon request during the post-show dialogue. Fully accessible to audiences, join us on this immersive, interactive and inclusive journey as we redefine the theatrical experience for all.
Smartypants and the Swordfish is proudly co-presented by ART:DIS (Arts & Disability Singapore) and Gateway Arts. For assistance on accessible seating, please email email@example.com before purchasing tickets.