The Invisible Pangolin: Gateway Theatre Shows Us How To Spot The Invisible

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The Invisible Pangolin examines friendship and inclusivity through the representation of animals native to Singapore.

Gateway Theatre proudly presents “The Invisible Pangolin“, an hour-long production that is tailored for children aged 5 to 8. This empowering play is a transformative exploration that nurtures empathy, understanding and resilience in the hearts of young viewers, where they will also get to learn about the key characteristics of animals native to Singapore.

The play follows the story of Penny the Sunda Pangolin, as she navigates her anxiety in school and her fear of being seen by others. Through witnessing her trials and triumphs, the audience can expect to walk away with insights into the value of friendship, the importance of being inclusive, the art of saying “no” in an uncomfortable situation, and how to give space to a friend who says “no”.  Being an endangered species of mammal that is naturally shy and solitary, the Sunda Pangolin is an apt parallel to the introverts who walk among us. Be surprised, touched, and tickled by this heart-warming script, where not only the shy one is invisible.

Held at Gateway Theatre, Black Box, patrons can enjoy the Early Bird price at $24 (from 8 to 21 June), and the Standard price at $30 from 22 June onwards (prices are exclusive of SISTIC’s booking fee). 

School shows are available from 23 – 31 July, while public shows will be held on 27 July 11am, 2pm and 5pm, as well as on 28 July, 11am and 2pm. This English-language production is designed as a relaxed performance, and a designated calm room will also be available. Embracing inclusivity, the show is accessible to wheelchair users and individuals with mobility restrictions.

The Invisible Pangolin
Supported by the National Arts Council Presentation & Participation Grant. This production was developed with the support of PLAYlab by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

Performance Language: English
Recommended for ages 5 to 8
This production is eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant.

Learning Objectives
This production will help young audiences understand:
● The value of friendship
● The importance of acknowledging and including others
● How to give space to a friend who needs it

Playwright – Dr Jaisilan Sathiasilan
Director – Jeremy Leong
Producer – Denise Dolendo
Lighting Designer – Ian Pereira / Visual Purple
Sound Designer – Chung Ee Yong
Set Designer – M. Nurfadhli Jasni
Costume Designer – Theresa Chan
Production Stage Manager – Benjamin Lye
Assistant Stage Manager – Charlotte Elizabeth
Special thanks: Jean Tay

Dates & Times
27 July, 11am, 2pm, & 5pm
28 July, 11am & 2pm

School shows available from 23 to 31 July. For enquiries, contact their school sales representative James at +65 8163 0125 / [email protected]

Capacity (Per show)
200 Pax

Show Accessibility
Suitable for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues. This is a Relaxed Performance; a calm room will be available.

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Featured image credit to Gateway Theatre


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