A terminally ill woman hires a digital legacy company to record video greetings for her children to watch long after she is gone.

In our technologically accelerating world, this scenario of social media legacy planning has become a reality. In the digitised future, memories can be made immortal. Our data can be turned into bots. Protests can happen from the comforts of our own homes. Humans, androids and robots are all adrift in cyberspace.

The Necessary Stage continues its 30th anniversary season with another provocative work—Sanctuary, an international collaboration with HANCHU-YUEI, one of Tokyo’s most innovative theatre companies.

It presents assorted characters—from social media influencers to virtual personal assistants—through the lens of hot-button issues of the day such as surveillance, alternative fact and post-life.

Sanctuary investigates the fragility of the human condition, at a time when technology is eroding our humanity. We are the data, but the data is never ours.
1 – 4 & 8 – 11 November 2017, 8pm
4 – 5 & 11 – 12 November 2017, 3pm
The Necessary Stage Black Box

Tickets (excluding SISTIC ticketing fee):
$36 | $28*
* Concessions for students, NSFs, senior citizens, and PWD card holders

Rating to be advised
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Playwrights: Haresh Sharma & Suguru Yamamoto
Directors: Alvin Tan & Suguru Yamamoto
Dramaturg: Ken Takiguchi
Lighting: Yo Shao Ann
Set: Vincent Lim
Sound: Bani Haykal
Visuals: Kazuki Takakura 
Performers: Audrey Luo, Ellison Tan Yuyang, Fumi Kumakawa, Mikie Tanaka,  Kan Fukuhara, Sachiro Nomoto, Yazid Jalil 

production photos