Off Centre (2019)

7 February 2019 – 17 February 2019 @ Victoria Theatre


The Necessary Stage’s critically acclaimed play, Off Centre, returns 26 years after its premiere in 1993. Written by Haresh Sharma and directed by Alvin Tan, Off Centre is a landmark play in the history of Singapore theatre, best remembered for presenting an honest and unflinching look at mental illness and the stigma surrounding it.

Off Centre follows the unlikely friendship between Saloma and Vinod, and traces their journeys as they deal with their personal conflicts as well as social prejudices against mental health conditions.

Selected in 2007 by the Ministry of Education as the first Singaporean play to be offered as a GCE 'O' and ‘N’ Level literature text, Off Centre is once again back on the syllabus since 2018.

This brand new staging features Abdulattif Abdullah and Sakinah Dollah, who will reprise their original roles as Vinod and Saloma respectively, as well as Aidli Mosbit as Mak.

Written by: Haresh Sharma
Directed by: Alvin Tan

Abdulatiff Abdullah
Sakinah Dollah
Aidli 'Alin' Mosbit
Najib Soiman
Brendon Marc Fernandez
Ellison Tan
Farez Najid
Joshua Lim
Nicholas Bloodworth
Sindhura Kalidas
Ariel Lim
Michael Ng
Jaclyn Magdalene Rajendran

Costume Coordinator: Max Tan, Yuan Zhiying (MAX.TAN)
Lighting Designer: Yo Shao Ann
Set Designer: Wong Chee Wai

Production Manager: Azyyati Alias
Stage Manager: Samantha Chia
Assistant Stage Manager: Chantel Goh, Pamela Lai

RF Technician: Rachel Ong
Wardrobe Manager: Tan Jia Hui
Dressers: Brenda Lum Jia Yi, Musfirah Kamsin
Sound Operator: Douglas Dharan
Crew: Auderia Tan, Deena Shaqinah Nor Othman, Alethea Koh 

(Source: The Necessary Stage Archives)

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Off Centre (2019), Review
Off Centre “Where is your heart? Where?!! . . . Now, use it before you forget how.” When I chose to take on this review, I was nowhere near prepared for the extent of the emotional deluge that I would have to grapple with. Off Centre gives its audience an idea of what goes on in the lives, minds and hearts of people suffering from mental illness. Seeing these lives concretised in the flesh is a powerful and emotional experience that I am finding hard to describe. At the risk of sounding trite,
Jocelyn Chng
Reviewed: 9 February 2019