Those Who Can't, Teach (2017)

9 March 2017 – 19 March 2017 @ Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building


First staged in 1990 and subsequently in 2010 to full houses at the Singapore Arts Festival, Those Who Can't, Teach is a Singaporean theatre classic by Cultural Medallion winners Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma.

Set in a secondary school, the play looks at the madcap lives of teachers and students - with often hilarious results. As the teachers struggle daily to 'nurture and groom', the students prefer to hang out and chill. In the meantime, they all have to deal with the dreaded 'parents'. 

With upskirting and texting, teaching and politicking, school has never been the same. Join the rambunctious cast of characters as they struggle to prove that Those Who CAN, Teach.

Playwright: Haresh Sharma
Director: Alvin Tan 

Performers: Ghafir Akbar, Joshua Lim, Karen Tan, Lian Sutton, Siti Khalijah Zainal 

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

Production Manager: Azy Alias
Technical Managers: Ben Ong, Huang Xiangbin
Stage Manager: Samantha Chia 
Assistant Stage Managers: Chantel Goh, Pamela Lai 
Wardrobe Manager: Tan Jia Hui
Assistant Wardrobe Manager: Karen Miyuki 

Production Crew: Ameer Ghani, Loo An Ni
Production Crew (Interns): Jovetta Tan, Andrew Ik 
Surtitlist (Intern): Fan Yixi 

Hair and Makeup: Haslina Ismail
Dresser: Nur Hazirah
Dressers (Interns): Abdulgapul Sharifa Flynn Nahsra, Melissa Peh 
Set Dresser: Loo An Ni

Sound Engineer: Aldon Chua
Sound Operator: Muhammad Sufiyan b Adam 
Illustration: James Tan
Creative and Art Direction: Qu'est-ce Que C'est Design 

(Source: The Necessary Stage Programme)

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Haresh Sharma
Alvin Tan
Ghafir Akbar
Joshua Lim
Karen Tan
Lian Sutton
Max Tan
Costume Designer


Those Who Can't, Teach (2017), Brochure
Brochure for Those Who Can't, Teach (2017). 
The Necessary Stage
Recorded: 9 March 2017
Those Who Can't, Teach (2017), Programme
Programme for Those Who Can't, Teach (2017). 
The Necessary Stage
Recorded: 9 March 2017