Engagement Programme

*Change in Hiroshima mon Amour Screening Date*

ABCD (Outreach)

A series of engaging programmes will be organized in conjunction with our upcoming production, FourPlays: ABCD, by Vertical Submarine, TheatreWorks Associate Directors.

1. Performance Readings at Library@Esplanade, Open Stage

2 Mar 2013 (Sat), 2.30 – 3 pm
Library@Esplanade Open Stage
Excerpt of The Malady of Death (Marguerite Duras), Performed by Vanessa Vanderstraaten

23 Mar 2013 (Sat), 2.30 – 3pm
Library@Esplanade Open Stage
Excerpt of The Shape of the Sword (Jorge Luis Borges), Performed by Stephane Brusa and Tim Garner

Free admission

Join us at this dramatised reading of FourPlays: ABCD at Library@Esplanade by one of the cast members. Following the reading, TheatreWorks’ Associate Directors, Vertical Submarine, will share more about what it takes for them, primarily known as a visual arts collective, to create a new piece from print to stage.

2. Film Screenings at 72-13 (By Invitation only)


7 Mar 2013 (Thu), 7pm – 9pm
72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007
Screening of Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Directed by Alain Resnais
Length of Film: 94min

Synopsis (Last Year at Marienbad)
Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, lain Resnais’ epochal Last Year at Marienbad has been puzzling appreciative viewers for decades. Written by radical master of the New Novel Alain Robbe-Grillet, this surreal fever dream, or nightmare, gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman (Giorgio Albertazzi and Delphine Seyrig) who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-filled château they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in both its confounding details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlor games, a loaded gun) and haunting scope, Resnais’ investigation into the nature of memory is disturbing romantic, and maybe even a ghost story.

hiroshima - edm220 Mar 2013 (Wed), 7pm – 9pm *Change in Date*

72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007
Screening of Hiroshima mon Amour (1959)
Screenplay by Marguerite Duras, Directed by Alain Resnais
Length of Film: 90min

Synopsis (Hiroshima mon Amour)
A cornerstone of French cinema, Alain Resnais’ first feature is one of the most influential films of all time. A French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) engage in a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima, their consuming fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering. Utilizing an innovative flashback structure and an Academy Award®-nominated screenplay by novelist Marguerite Duras, Resnais delicately weaves past and present, personal pain and public anguish, in this moody masterwork.

Watch two well acclaimed films which exposit enigmatic narration and intense conversations set in the sensual mood and climate of the 1950s – 60s.

Duras, the screenwriter for Hiroshima mon Amour, is one of the 4 writers featured in FourPlays: ABCD. The writing for Hiroshima mon Amour shares similarities in mood and treatment with that of Malady of Death. The screenings of these films aims to explore and understand how Duras’ material translates into important inspiration behind the staging of FourPlays: ABCD.

Vertical Submarine will share how these films had inspired their creative process in the theatricals of FourPlays: ABCD.

*Please email brendan@theatreworks.org.sg or call 6737-7213 (Brendan) to request for an invite to the Film Screenings.

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