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The Necessary Stage: 36 Years of Social Theatre - Fundraising for the Future
The Necessary Stage (TNS) was founded in 1987 with a simple aim—it was a necessary time in theatre to create a platform for Singapore writing, presenting our unique voices, issues, hopes and dreams.

In 36 years, we have created more than 120 original plays, presented numerous youth events and community festivals and performed to hundreds and thousands of people of all ages. Our plays have also been performed in more than 20 cities around the world. The Necessary Stage is also the organiser and curator of the annual M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, which presents local and international contemporary, cutting-edge and socially engaged works around a chosen theme each year. The Festival has grown in strength through the years, and has successfully reached a record-breaking audienceship of 2,728 in the 2022 edition as we emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic to the reopening of theatres and resumption of live productions.

Since 2017, our developmental platforms—the TNS Devising Platform which incorporates laboratories, training workshops and mentorship, The Orange Playground and The Orange Production—have seen us working with emerging Singapore and international artists, to experiment with interdisciplinarity and form, as well as to create brand new works. Our popular Theatre for Seniors programme from 2008 saw many seniors discover their theatrical talents. We also launched our archival portal at, providing the public access to our three decades in theatre history.

We appeal to you to champion our cause. Be our partner to create a future for challenging and thought-provoking Singapore theatre.

As we forge ahead into our 36th year and beyond, we remain committed to creating Singapore theatre that demonstrate our creativity and innovative spirit. We want to reach out to new and current audiences through original plays of the highest calibre and nurture budding talents in the arts. We believe that theatre allows us to pose important questions about the world we live in, and celebrate diversity, resilience, and equal opportunities for all.

The National Arts Council funds about 25 percent of our total income, but since 2017, our funding has been affected because of cuts made by the Council. This year, as we recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with changing consumer habits and a looming economic downturn, more than ever, we are dependent on your support. Your contribution will go a long way towards our efforts to continue creating theatre that is both challenging and empowering; theatre that does not discriminate age, class or ethnicity; theatre that touches the heart and the mind of our audience.

Donors also enjoy benefits such as complimentary tickets to our main season productions*, as well as invitations to open rehearsals for our laboratories and sharing sessions.

The Necessary Stage is a registered non-profit arts company with Institute of Public Character (IPC) status. As such, your donations will qualify for a 250% tax deduction until 31 December 2023 . Your contribution will also be eligible for the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth's Cultural Matching Fund, that provides a dollar-for-dollar match for cash donations to arts and heritage charities.

Over the years, we have relied on funding to engage different communities through collaborations across genres and generations, and have also boosted arts education amongst youths and seniors alike. Your generous support will go a long way in helping us create empowering theatre; theatre that is indigenous, intercultural and important in our time.

* For donation values of $500 and above, donors will be offered at least a pair of tickets to productions presented by The Necessary Stage (including main season and M1 Singapore Fringe Festival productions), over a period of one year. Please note that this excludes tickets to commissioned productions.

Here are a few avenues through which you can support us via donations:

Online payment via credit card or GrabPay via our Donation Portal

Please click here to visit our Donation Portal to donate directly to The Necessary Stage . Through this webpage, you can choose to make a donation to us via your credit card (Visa, Amex) or GrabPay, as well as select which causes or initiatives you wish your donation to be directed to.

Online payment via the National Volunteers & Philanthropy Centre's Donation Portal

Please click here to access Donation Portal managed by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre. Through this site, you can choose to make a donation to us via your credit card (Mastercard, Visa) or direct debit (internet banking).

Cheque / Direct ATM Transfer / Internet Banking / PayNow

Please complete this form to indicate your particulars and donation amount. If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate this on the form as well.

To donate via a a direct ATM, Internet Banking transfer or PayNow, please use the following details of The Necessary Stage's DBS Bank Account:

DBS Account Number: 065-0081903
UEN No.: 199202435N

Alternatively, you may wish to donate via a cheque, which should be made out to:


and indicate your Company Registration No. or NRIC/FIN No. at the back of the cheque, in order to obtain the tax exemption on your donation.

Mail your cheque and completed donation form to us at:

The Necessary Stage
180 Paya Lebar Road
#10-06 Yi Guang Building
Singapore 409032

Thank you for your kind support!