The Essential Playlist (2022)

12 January 2022 – 15 January 2022 @ Theatre Studio, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay


In post-COVID-19 times, a group of millennial comedy content creators hopes to seriously review and revamp their brand image to take on more social issues. Staggering teams in their rented office space, they pitch content ideas for a new series called The Essential Playlist, combining human feature vignettes, thought experiments and fictionalisations of real-world encounters of and with essential workers in Singapore.

In unravelling these (un)filtered stories, creative conflicts surface within the group: pandering to political correctness; recycling their established comic, satirical approach with insensitive portrayals; criticising intentions and blind spots of privilege. What edits and revisions will be accepted or rejected? Why does this advocacy matter to the team? How does any essential worker even stand to benefit from this entire exercise?

Playwrights: Zulfiqar Izzudin, Adeeb Fazah
Director: Adeeb Fazah

Lighting Designer: Ian Pereira
Sound Designer: Mark Benedict Cheong

Producers: Denise Dolendo, Kristine Ng
PSM: Abel Chong

Zulfiqar Izzudin
Kimberley Ng
Misha Paule Tan
Rino Junior John
Angeal Chong
Siti Zara Sophia

(Source: The Second Breakfast Company)


Zulfiqar Izzudin
Playwright, Cast
Adeeb Fazah
Playwright, Director
Ian Pereira
Lighting Designer
Mark Benedict Cheong
Sound Designer
Kristine Ng
Abel Chong
Production Stage Manager


The Essential Playlist (2022), Posters
Posters for The Essential Playlist (2022).
The Second Breakfast Company
Recorded: 12 January 2022