A Disappearing Number
110 minutes, no intermission
Please be seated at least 15 minutes before the programme begins.
NUS Centre For the Arts unveils a new staging of Complicité UK’s exquisite, internationally acclaimed play about love, math, and how the past and future connect.
In 1913, a clerk in rural India named Srinivasa Ramanujan sends a letter to famed mathematician G. H. Hardy, filled with astonishing mathematical theorems. In the present, a math professor and a businessman fall in love. Winner of the 2007 Critics’ Circle Theatre, Evening Standard, and Laurence Olivier awards for Best New Play, the play blends the beauty of everyday relationships with the mysticism of the cosmos in a fascinating whirlwind of vignettes spanning history and time. This extraordinary work of visual and physical theatre will be directed by award-winning director Edith Podesta (Dark Room, Bitch: The Origin of the Female Species, The Golden Record) and feature Remesh Panicker (The Merchant of Venice), Koh Wan Ching (Mortal Sole) and Pavan J Singh (Chinatown Crossings) alongside the creative talents of Brian Gothong Tan, Teo Wee Boon and Suven Chan with students from NUS Stage.
A Disappearing Number by Complicité. Originally conceived and directed by Simon McBurney. Devised by the original company. Performance made possible by kind permission of Complicité, London.
Edith Podesta will also be part of a panel ‘Rhythms and Patterns in Performance’ on 28 Feb at NUS Museum.
Edith is an Australian born, Singapore based performer, director, choreographer, playwright, and lecturer. Over the past 15 years, she has acted in over 20 theatre and television productions, and scripted, devised, choreographed and directed over 40 theatrical productions. For eight years Edith held the position of Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Acting course at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. Her creative work is primarily concerned with identity, human rights, education, animal welfare, and personal and social change.
Previously known as Varsity Drama, NUS Stage is a young but bustling university-wide English language drama group that is constantly on the look-out for fresh talents and performance opportunities. The group cut their acting chops on award-winning works such as Life! Theatre Awards nominated play (wo)men by Faith Ng, Shiv Tandan’s The Good, the Bad and the Sholay, and the collaborative piece City Night Songs.
NUS Stage focuses its interest on building stronger foundations for a closer-knit community of theatre practitioners within NUS. Facilitated by leading Singapore theatre practitioners, members of NUS Stage are given the opportunity to train on a regular basis and attend workshops and classes with a longer term view of developing a unique voice in Singapore theatre.
Since 2014, NUS Stage has launched Stage Two, a platform where members are given the opportunity to train under a holistic curriculum with a close-knit community of theatre practitioners within NUS. Stage Two aims to craft quality theatre productions, nurture capable and creative theatre-makers, and develop a unique voice in Singapore theatre.