Leave, Stay, or To Die by playcircle

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May to June 2015
27 June 2015 | 7:30pm
Rehearsal Studio, Centre 42

By-Invite Only


Leave, Stay, or To Die is playcircle’s debut performance, exploring the relationship between a child and father. Through this, rethinking our role in the family unit. This play is also a crystallisation of its members’ learning in the arts. Playcircle is a young theatre collective made up of members of the pioneer batch of ARTivate, the youth wing of Drama Box Ltd  (a platform for youths who want to explore and gain all-rounded insight into theatre).

Leave, Stay, or To Die was developed under Centre 42's Basement Workshop (now known as the Creation Residency). Read about Basement Workshop here.

Creation Process

The first phase will involve researching for materials that are related to the theme “relationship between a father and child”. The materials found can range from past scripts to poems to photos to songs to personal writings, such as articles on fatherhood; local literary texts like “The Dragon Prince’s Letter to His Father” by Cyril Wong; academic papers on parenthood and the nature of a parent-child relationship; personal blogs and writings; and more. From there, discussions will be held for the group to come out with questions that they will like to raise in the play, such as “who is my father?”, “what is the nature of this bond?”, “what does it mean to be blood-related?”, etc.

After streamlining the questions, the second phase will begin with retrieving materials that may help in exploring or investigating the questions raised, such as personal photographs of their childhood and family and interviews with their fathers.

During the devising phase, the focus will be to explore the premise raised in the first two phases and the form of performance. The team will start with improvisations with the premise of the script before moving on to the form of performance and use of space.

Production Credits

Research Team:
Lam Dan Fong
Liew Jia Yi
Han Xue Mei
Ho Kian Tong
Myra Loke
Tan Wei Ting
Wang Fang, Kate

Producer: Myra Loke
Director: Ho Kian Tong
Dramaturg: Wang Fang, Kate
Playwright: Tan Wei Ting
Cast: Myra Loke
Liew Jia Yi
Neo Hai Bin
Production Designer: Myra Loke
Sound Designer: Han Xue Mei
Multimedia Designer: Han Xue Mei

Development Milestones

27 June 2015
A script-read
19-20 August 2016
Presented as the play  分散 Split Up at Black Box, Goodman Arts Centre

The script was further developed and presented as the play 分散 Split Up at Black Box, Goodman Arts Centre

Other Resources

Production Facebook Page


Lam Dan Fong
Liew Jia Yi
Researcher, Cast
Han Xuemei
Researcher, Sound Designer, Multimedia Designer
Ho Kian Tong
Researcher, Director
Myra Loke
Researcher, Producer, Cast, Production Designer
Tan Wei Ting
Researcher, Playwright
Kate, Wang Fang
Researcher, Dramaturg