tnsarchives.com is an archival and documentation portal launched in conjunction with The Necessary Stage’s 30th anniversary celebrations. tnsarchives.com provides the public and researchers with information, writings, recordings and visuals from the company’s activities over 30 years and beyond.

The Necessary Stage would like to thank the following people for their generous contribution of time, resources and expertise in creating the portal:

Shawn Chua Ming Ren, Dr Kenneth Paul Tan, TapeLink, RedAirship, Dominic Nah, Lim Xue En, Timothy Chow, Muhammad Zakaria Bin Muhammad, Esther Chow, Crystal Cheng, Pradeeptha Venkat, Isabel Goh Hui Ping, Zhang Yichao, Clarita Saslim, Cheryl Cheow, Muhammad Muazzam Amanah, Gabriel Lim, Amanda See, Shannen Tan, Ang Kia Yee, Raymond Zhang Xiuping, Lee Yi Fang, Deanna Kho Li Ting, Kai Sundermann, Wong Karmen, Marilyn Chew, Josephine Tan, Yusri Sapari, Jasmine Ng Kin Kia, Ngiam Su-Lin, Nur Izyan Binte Iliyas, Shazwaani Binte Mohamed Sha'ari, Marcus Yee and Daniel Teo.


Formed in 1987 by our Artistic Director Alvin Tan, The Necessary Stage (TNS) is a non-profit theatre company with charity status. Our mission is to create challenging, indigenous and innovative theatre that touches the heart and mind.

TNS is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020, and is also the organiser of the annual M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. TNS also has the honour of being the only arts company in Singapore helmed by two Cultural Medallion recipients: Artistic Director Alvin Tan and Resident Playwright Haresh Sharma.