On weekends from 26 October to 4 November, The Substation co-presents She’s A Great Way to Fly with veteran actress and producer Tan Kheng Hua, a theatre variety show featuring new works by a medley of young artists who dissect the national brand representative. “Women of my generation grew up aspiring to be the Singapore Girl. But I wanted to hear from young women (and men) of this generation.” says Tan Kheng Hua.
A part of The Substation’s year-long interrogation of heritage-making in Singapore, She’s A Great Way to Fly is the headliner in a month of programmes revolving around the Singapore Girl, titled Singapore Girl, or Heritage Deployed. The spread of programmes include an interactive exhibition, an alternative runway, and now a variety show.
Produced by Tan Kheng Hua, the variety show explores the commodification of nostalgia through the celebrated icon, and questions what she means to artists of this generation through an offbeat and experimental medley of performances, which includes kebaya-clad yoga, a dance adapting from movements permitted by the kebaya, performance lectures, three monologues, and a short film.
Some of the highlights of the night include filmmakers André Chong and Lim Zeharn’s short film about Sarah, a newly inducted Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight attendant, and the difficulties of living up to the strictures and standards expected of the Singapore Girl. Also, Photographer Jacqueline Chang, whose series of photographs are currently on display in The Substation foyer, approaches the national icon by giving her an individual voice.
On the artists she’s chosen to work with, Tan Kheng Hua says, “I chose the people to collaborate with in She’s A Great Way to Fly in the same way I choose all my collaborators in other projects. I respect them as artists; I like their work ethic; they are very fun people to work with and be around; my instincts tell me they will be good for my show; they have talent I want to showcase and am proud to support.”
Dates: 26, 27 & 28 October | 2, 3 & 4 November | 8pm
Venue: The Substation Theatre
Price: $25/$30 (Afterparty at Timbre on 26 October & 3 November)
Tickets at greatwaytofly.peatix.com