SIFA 2021

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The Year of No Return

The Necessary Stage (Singapore)

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  • SIFA On Demand:
    5 June - 20 June

    21 May, Fri, 8pm
    22 May, Sat, 2pm
    22 May, Sat, 8pm
  • SIFA On Demand:
    5 June - 20 June

    Creative Captioning (English) is available for SIFA On Demand.
  • $58*, $68 
    *Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors 
    Limited student tickets at $10  

  • All Access - Bundle of 12
    Programmes Included
    1. The Commission
    2. A Dream Under the Southern Bough: Existence 《南柯一梦》之辱梦
    3. A Song for Louis
    4. OIWA - The Ghost of Yotsuya
    5. The Year of No Return
    6. Three Sisters 三姐妹
    7. The Rhythm of Us
    8. _T0701_

    *Bundle of 12 includes the 4 titles within SIFA on Demand: SIFA v2.020:
    1. The Wandering
    2. Sound Social - Planeswalker
    3. Sound Social - Zul Mahmod
    4. Sound Social - weish x Gabriel Loh

    • 1h 30m, no intermission

    • Rating: Advisory 16 (Mature Content)

      Performed in English, Japanese, Malay and Tagalog with English surtitles

    • Admission for audience age 13 and above 

  • Important Information for attendees of the live performance

    Measures will be taken to ensure the health and safety of all patrons.

    This includes but not limited to wearing a mask at all times for both staff and patrons, hand sanitization before and after performance, temperature taking,TraceTogether check-in and observance of social distancing around the theatre.

    Failure to comply will result in refusal of entry into the venue. Please note that admission into the venue requires TraceTogether (TT). Do download the TT app on your mobile and set it up beforehand, or bring along your TT token for check-in at the venue. No other check-in modes will be accepted. We regret that patrons without TT at the entrances will be denied entry.

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The Year of No Return

The Necessary Stage (Singapore)

Every day, we are inundated with the 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—and do our actions even matter?

Why do we have such different responses to climate change? What makes one a denialist, or another to commit acts of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice?

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

A ground-breaking 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. This hybrid production incorporating live performance and video presentation seeks to question whether we live in an age of despair—or one of hope in the dark.

Discover more about The Necessary Stage and their productions here.



Chihiro appeared in The Necessary Stage’s Mobile 2: Flat Cities in 2013. She performed the first single national release in the theme song audition of the stage in 2014. In 2015 Chihiro released her first album, Ai no Toni and in 2017 her second album NEW () HELLO was released. 

She also works as a goodwill ambassador from Hokuto City (Japan), Yamanashi Prefecture, where she is from. 


Tan Guo Lian Sutton is a graduate of the BA (Hons) Acting program at LASALLE College of the Arts.He is a recipient of Best Supporting Actor for his role in Electra at the 2017 Life! Theatre Awards. He is currently a core member of theatre collective; Dark Matter Theatrics, and associate artist of Pink Gajah. Lian recently completed his Masters in Arts Pedagogy and Practice where he researched the pre-performance rituals of professional actors in Singapore. As a trained martial artist from an early age, Lian constantly seeks to merge his talents to tell stories in varied and engaging ways. Selected theatre credits include Temple, and Electra directed by Natalie Hennedige, 2 Houses by Lim Yu Beng, and Those Who Can’t, Teach directed by Alvin Tan. 


Marco is the recipient of the 2017 Gawad Buhay Award for Male Featured Performance in a Play for Tanghalang Pilipino’s Ang Pag-uusig (The Crucible). He is currently a Senior Member of the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company, comprising resident actors of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He is also a member of the pool of Actor-Facilitators accredited by UNICEF to conduct acting classes and forum theatre workshops in the Philippines. Most recently he has expanded his artistic practice to include production design with Tanghalang Pilipino’s serialised staging of Nang Dalawin ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad (When Love Came to Juan Tamad).


Rody is an actor, singer, playwright, screenwriter, actor, and director. He has written nearly 70 plays and won numerous competitions, notably the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Hall of Fame) and the Buhay! PhilStage Awards. He has written many film scripts which won accolades and co-wrote the critically acclaimed Cannes Film Festival entry to Un Certain Regard, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan.

In 2015, Rody became an UMPIL Gawad Balagtas Awardee for his literary contributions to Philippine Drama and a Gawad Tanglaw ng Lahi Awardee by the Ateneo de Manila University. He is the co-founder of the Virgin Labfest, an annual theatre festival of new works, and currently heads the Writer's Bloc, Inc, a group of Filipino playwrights. He also acted in The Necessary Stage’s productions, including Mardi Gras, Top or Bottom, godeatgod, Mobile and Good People (nominated as Best Actor at The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards)


Siti Khalijah Zainal made her debut as a full-time theatre actress after she attended The Necessary Stage’s year-long Theatre for Youth Ensemble programme in 2003. Since then, she has been working with a wide range of theatre companies, both locally and internationally, and she considers herself very lucky. She won Best Actress for her roles in Model Citizens and Off Centre at the 2011 and 2016 The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards, and was awarded the Young Artist Award by the NAC in 2014. 


Sukania Venugopal has worked in Malaysia and Singapore for theatre, TV and movie projects, including Talentime with the late Yasmin Ahmad. She performed and co-directed dance dramas with The Temple of Fine Arts, worked in children's theatre and musicals, and is a pioneer performer with The Instant Cafe Theatre. In 2019, she was part of an Australian theatre production Counting and Cracking at the Sydney and Adelaide Arts Festivals. She won Best Supporting Actress for Ghost Writer by The Necessary Stage at The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards, and Best Supporting Role for Language Archive in the Boh-Cameroonian Awards. 

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