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Free online screenings of WILD RICE's Emily of Emerald Hill, Supervision, and Monkey Goes West


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Each production will be streamed for a week on YouTube from Apr 24.

Missed the free screening of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical Phantom of the Opera last weekend? If you still need to get your theatre fix, we've got more productions for you!  

Local theatre company WILD RICE will be screening three of its popular shows, Emily of Emerald Hill, Supervision and Monkey Goes West, on its YouTube channel from Apr 24. Each show will be streamed for a week. 

And if you miss sitting in for the curtain call with cast members after watching a show, you can take part in a live talkback with the artists at the end of each week. 

Without further ado, here are the three local productions you can catch online over the next few weekends. 

1. Emily of Emerald Hill 

Directed by Glen Goei, Emily of Emerald Hill is one of Singapore theatre's classic plays to date. 

Written by playwright Stella Kon, Emily of Emerald Hill is inspired by her experiences growing up in Singapore in the mid-20th century with her Peranakan family. 

The one-woman play features a monologue about a Peranakan woman, Emily Gan, as her life evolves from a young bride to a strong matriarch. 

Watch this for a glimpse of Singapore's rich Peranakan culture. 

Available from Apr 24 (Friday), 7.30pm
Live talkback on Apr 30 (Thursday), 9pm

2. Supervision 

Written by local playwright Thomas Lim, Supervision is inspired by his aunt who installed cameras in her house to keep an eye on her foreign domestic helpers. 

Supervision explores several issues our society faces with a rapidly ageing population, such as the stresses faced by foreign domestic workers in their jobs as primary care-givers and the "ethics of surveillance". 

Last staged in 2019, the play has received good reviews for its wit, strong characters and relatable "national themes of surveillance and xenophobia". 

Wheelchair-bound Teck (left) and young Indonesian worker Yanti (right) in Supervision. 

Available from May 1 (Friday), 7.30pm 
Live talkback on May 7 (Thursday), 9pm 

3. Monkey Goes West 

If you prefer a light-hearted comedy to enjoy with your family, add Monkey Goes West to your list. 

The cheeky musical adaptation of the Chinese fantasy classic will keep you entertained with its hilarious characters and witty local references. 

Written by local playwright Alfian Sa'at, the award-winning play has received raving reviews for the cast's comedic timing and, for the adults, its "political and sexual innuendos". 

Laugh your stay-at-home blues away with this epic musical. 

Streaming from May 8 (Friday), 7.30pm 
Live talkback on May 14 (Thursday), 9pm 

While we're not sure when we can finally return to the theatres, hopefully, these online shows will remind us of the thrill of watching live productions while passing the time away. 

Which show will you be catching over the next few weekends? 


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