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First Fleet (2021)

Co-presented by Nine Years Theatre and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC)


"The hardworking six actors play dual roles as both officers and convicts, in a careful layering that conveys Chia's ambitious onion of a script which unpeels multiple meanings with each scene change."
— Ong Sor Fern, The Straits Times

“《第一舰队》的剧情引入入胜,角色鲜明生动,演员爆发力强,设计充满惊喜,是九年剧场至今最震撼最感人的作品。”
— 柯思仁博士

"Playing on Nine Years Theatre's strongest asset, the ensemble work displayed in the First Fleet is brilliant (...) There is genuine emotion in each of their voices as they recount each history, often a quiet sadness that laces each one we cannot help but sympathise with."
— Cheryl Tan, Popspoken


First Fleet garnered 2 win at the "Life! Theatre Awards 2020":
  • Production of the Year
  • Best Costume - Loo An Ni

  • It was also nominated for:
  • Best Script
  • Best Director - Nelson Chia


  • Synopsis

    They are not just convicts of the colony, they are to be citizens of the new world.

    Nine Years Theatre and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre jointly present to you First Fleet. The audience will be seated on the stage of the Cultural Centre’s auditorium, as they set sail with the players to explore the relationships between theatre and humanity.

    The year is 1787. The First Fleet of the British Empire sets sail for Australia with a group of convicts aboard, to establish a penal colony. Along the way, the Governor instructs one of his lieutenants to rehearse a play with the convicts, with the hope of using the power of theatre to rehabilitate them. But who has ever heard of an officer putting up a play with his convicts? Certainly not the other officers, priest, judge, doctor or the convicts, who all have reservations about such a ridiculous proposition. Will they eventually be able to stage the play successfully? For these officers and convicts, is the foreign land that they are attempting to build a penal colony in, a brave new world or simply a nightmare from hell?

    *First Fleet is an original play by Nelson Chia, inspired by Thomas Keneally’s novel The Playmaker and other materials on the convict transportation to Australia.


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    Performed in Mandarin, with English surtitles,
    including closed captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

    Date and Time
    5 - 14 March 2021
    Tue - Sat: 7.30pm
    Sat & Sun: 2.30pm

    Venue
    Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
    Far East Organization Auditorium, Level 9

    Duration
    1 hour 50 minutes, with no intermission.

    Ticket Price
    $48 (not inclusive of SISTIC charge)

    Playwright/ Director: Nelson Chia
    Producer: Mia Chee

    Cast:
    Mia Chee*, Hang Qian Chou*, Neo Hai Bin*, Timothy Wan*, Jodi Chan, Shu Yi Ching
    * Members of NYT Ensemble

    Set: Lim Chin Huat
    Lighting: Gabriel Chan
    Sound: Ng Jing
    Costume: Loo An Ni

    Production Manager: Lam Dan Fong
    Stage Manager: Tan Xiang Yi

    Key Visual and Title Logo: Ryan Loi
    Key Visual Makeup: Delanie Wong


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