Exciting news! - M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival returns with a new lease of life with Jean Ng onboard as our new Artistic Director from 2018 - 2021. Focusing on creating youth theatre with a social conscience, the festival promises a sustained and deeper commitment towards developing original devised works by young people on important social issues.

In 2018 - 19, the festival will focus on the issue of poverty in Singapore, with a series of workshop offerings in 2018, and performances and engagement programmes in 2019.

Festival Theme: Poverty

Poverty exists, but is often invisible. Are we aware of its presence in our lives – the low wage cleaner we brush past at lunchtime, the teenager who studies at the common corridor because home is a two-room flat shared with a family of five, the single mum who works two jobs yet struggles to put food on the table? Stories of individuals who overcome great odds to succeed may be inspiring, but does it make it fair? What is the face of poverty in Singapore? And after we see it, what do we do about it? Join us as we imagine change together at the M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival.

Presented by ArtsWok Collaborative
In Collaboration with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Artistic Director
Jean Ng


Photo by Asnur Asman


Esplanade Recital Studio
Wed 24 - Sat 27 July, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Original plays devised and performed by youths from Anderson Secondary School and Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road)

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Photo by Asnur Asman


Esplanade Theatre Studio
Thur 1 - Sat 3 Aug, 3pm & 8pm

A docu-performance by The Community Theatre, Beyond Social Services

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Photo by Horst Kiechle


Esplanade Annexe Studio
Thur 1 - Sat 3 Aug, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Participatory theatre created and facilitated by veteran theatre practitioners, Li Xie, Kok Heng Leun and Jean Ng

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Our Process

Our First Encounter

Sat 24 February 2018

The youths met each other for the first time and together they explored three questions.

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Community Walks & Interviews

May - June 2018

Guided by community and social workers, the youths explored the neighbourhoods of Ang Mo Kio and Whampoa and interviewed families and individuals living in rental flat homes.

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July 2019

Dreaming is hard work. Unlike other tasks of learning young people are asked to do, the self is on the line. Uncomfortable questions arise...

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Youth Vox


Youth Empowerment Through Theatre

An Interview with Ong Si Ying


On Rebellion

by Sim Yan Ying - Youth.SG


Advocate Artists: Young Theatre-makers With A Social Conscience

by Ang Kia Yee

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