Buds Theatre was set up in 2007, as a group that aspires to stage relatively new works and create productions with social relevance. Over the years, Buds Theatre Company has gained recognition as a place for aspiring artists and is a breeding ground for new graduates from arts institutions gather artistic experience.

IN-HOUSE SERIES 2016 is part of an intimate ‘living-room style’ series, which shares plays written by their youth theatre members followed by a dialogue session around that theme. Sharing the common theme of ‘loneliness’, youth writers Wisely Chow and Nor Narisha Ibrahim managed to present their works Hold On and The Heart is Just a Muscle respectively.

(1st row) Wisely Chow and Nor Narisha Ibrahim; (2nd row) Stanley Seah, Sahirrah Safit, Rebecca Lee and Claire Devine

(1st row) Wisely Chow and Nor Narisha Ibrahim; (2nd row) Stanley Seah, Sahirrah Safit, Rebecca Lee and Claire Devine

Is there a particular message you wish to send across in the plays you have written?

Narisha: I would like audiences to realise that, in spite of the pain and sadness inflicted on us by others, it is one’s self that has the strength to carry on, and that even the greatest of pains can be healed when we will ourselves to pull through those sad days.

Wisely: I have a quote which encapsulates my sentiments well, “We’ve come tonight to bring you some joy, some happiness, inspiration and some positive vibrations. We want to leave you enough to last you for the next six months.” – Mavis Staples (an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress, and civil rights activist)