Introducing The ETCeteras theatre company and its latest production on PSLE!

PSLE in Singapore stands for Primary School Leaving Examination which is a national examination administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE). The examination is taken by all students at the end of their sixth year in primary school before they move on to secondary school. It is an all important examination that made most Singaporean parents and primary school students concerned and some would start to prepare for it as early as possible.

Introducing The ETCeteras theatre company founded in April 1996, comprising mainly professionals with day jobs, united by their common interest in using theatre as a form of expression, committed to staging only original works in the arts scene. They have presented many plays to much acclaim, including Want United People 《开门不见山》in Singapore Festival of Arts 1998, Madam What’s Next 《黑青白蛇传》for Chinese Cultural Festival 2000 and Game Play 《十年之痒》at Huayi Festival in Feb 2007. Its works from 1991 and 2005 have been published in three volumes of The ETCeteras collections: Free Seating 《亲密观戏》(1996) , Second Helping 《戏戏相观》(2005), and Third Party 《观门见山》(2009).

Announcing ETCeteras latest production on PSLE- Please Stop Learning for Exams or Please Start Learning Early? Please Stop Learning Excessively or Prejudice Starts a Little Early? This four-lettered-word questions life as a series of MCQs with perhaps, no model answers. The play explores a child’s journey through the national examination that all Singaporean children are familiar with. Xiao Li, the protagonist of the play, struggles to find herself while trying to fulfill parental expectations. It is Xiao Li’s birthday but she still has to prepare for PSLE. Her classmates are unable to attend her birthday party due to the overwhelming amount of homework and endless tuition sessions. Disappointed, she wished for something else instead…

Audience, you can also become active participants in the play by joining the young chivalrous warriors and will be sitting for exams while they warm their seats. Expect to feel the familiar yet nerve-wrecking adrenalin rush as we reminisce the harrowing PSLE experience.

That’s not all,  are you familiar with Mr Bottle? We have seen him many times at birthday parties and he sure knows how to entertain and excite the crowd especially the children. Mr Bottle will be bringing some Magic Dust into Theatre.
Mr Bottle will bring on some of his best tricks and spruces up the fantasy element as Xiaoli’s tuition teacher, Mr Boon, a part-time tutor, whose full-time profession is in fact a magician who will magically weaves in some surprises for her birthday party. More about Mr Bottle who will be starring in the play, he is one of the most popular children’s magicians in Singapore, Mr Bottle has appeared on national TV and numerous periodicals such as The Straits Times, The New Paper and Friday Weekly. Highly acclaimed, he has also marveled audiences around the Asia Pacific Region with his stunning performances. “Impressive, amazing, cool” is the slogan Mr Bottle stands by. Mr Bottle is venturing into theatre for the first time with “PSLE”.   
Whatsapp your worries, joys and frustrations
Audience, sharpen your senses, relieve or heighten your stress by sharing with other parents’ joys, anxieties and frustrations on Whatsapp during the performances.
With the increasing popularity of mobile gadgets and 3G communication devices, communication between parents and children can no longer see the days without SMSes, Whatsapp, Face Book and Twitter.
Are parents too involved in their children’s lives? Who is actually taking the exams? Who are making the decisions? Let us ponder over life choices and the unfounded implications beyond as tour multi-media team continues to populate the projection screen with Whatsapp messages throughout the 100-min play.
PSLE Production Details
Date: December 6th -15th 2013
Venue:National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre
Ticket Prices:
$38 (8pm shows for 6th – 8th, and 10th -14th December 2013)
$33 (3pm shows for 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th December 2013)
Tickets exclude booking fees
10% Discount off for students, NSF personnel and Senior Citizens
10% Discount off for OCBC Arts Cards, NTUC Plus! and SAFRA card members
Language: Performed in Mandarin and English
Duration:1 hour and 30 minutes
Produced by:The ETCeteras
Partnered by: National History Museum

Interested in coming for the theatre play on  PSLE 《小六会不会考?》

Goodnews! ETCeteras is holding a Facebook ‘Like and Share’ Contest. All you need to do is to do the following simple steps:
(1) ‘Like’ The ETCeteras in facebook;
(2) ‘Like’ this post in The ETCeteras facebook
(3) ‘Share’ this post in your facebook profile.
The ETCeteras will also randomly select 3 readers who took part in this ‘Like and Share’ Contest and award them with 2 tickets each.
Good Luck!

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