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With/Out By Loo Zihan


Wed Jan 14 2015, 8:00pm
Thu Jan 15 2015, 8:00pm
Fri Jan 16 2015, 8:00pm
Sat Jan 17 2015, 8:00pm
Sun Jan 18 2015, 8:00pm

Where: Black Box/Rehearsal Studio, Centre 42, 42 Waterloo St, Bugis, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $22.00
  • Additional fees may apply

In May 1999, The Necessary Stage worked with Paddy Chew to stage a monologue titled Completely With/Out Character at the Drama Centre on Fort Canning Hill. The docu-theatre piece records his experience as the first person in Singapore to come out publicly with his HIV-positive status. Unfortunately, Paddy passed on in August 1999, a few months after the production's conclusion.

Today, AIDS is no longer perceived as a terminal disease; HIV-positive individuals can lead a relatively normal and healthy life with the aid of advances in medication. In part, this is due to the roads paved by individuals and researchers who came before us, individuals like Paddy, who defied convention and conservatism to tell his story at a time when there was still much ignorance and prejudice surrounding AIDS.

With/Out is a faithful interpretation of Paddy's monologue his experience as the first person in Singapore to come out publicly with his HIV-positive status. Through the use of multi-media, video documentation and other archival material, Loo Zihan will re-construct the production as an extension of his research into performance re-enactments, the mediation of a 'live' presence via the use of technology, and the re-visioning of queer histories in Singapore.

With/Out was developed in residence at Centre 42.

Please note that there will be no fixed seating for With/Out.

The performance will include photo and video documentation. By attending this production, you grant permission for the artist and production team to photograph and video you, and otherwise capture your image. You will also be waiving your rights for the artist to reproduce, use, exhibit, display, broadcast and distribute and create derivative works of these images and recordings.