2005 - Singapore

Boxing Day: The Tsunami Project

Updated on: 19 May 2022
  • Photo Credit: Caleb Ming / SURROUND

  • Photo Credit: Caleb Ming / SURROUND

  • Photo Credit: Caleb Ming / SURROUND

  • Photo Credit: Caleb Ming / SURROUND

  • Photo Credit: Caleb Ming / SURROUND



The Tsunami tragedy on Boxing Day 2004 was one of the most traumatic crises in recent human history of natural catastrophes. The Necessary Stage, with our history of engaging society and reality, will present a work that looks at human behaviour during the Tsunami tragedy. Texts, multimedia, sonic landscape and performance will be brought together in contemporary theatre practice; not to recapture the tragic moments, but to bring across moments of recollection; how human beings recall, what do they remember of Boxing Day 2004. This exploration and presentation is not a singular narrative but will comprise voices of people affected in the Tsunami tragedy. Like most life situations, there are many perspectives which encourages us to explore, reflect and make our own verdicts as to what went wrong and how to move on. But different perspectives cannot erase the devastation experienced first hand by those affected by the tsunami. The Verbatim Theatre method - using voices of people involved in the tragedy will bring texts direct from them onto stage to us.


Haresh Sharma
Alvin Tan
Elaine Foo
Set Designer
Vincent Lim
Multimedia Designer
Brian Gothong Tan
Lighting Designer
Doobie Tsui
Aidli 'Alin' Mosbit
Natalie Hennedige
Nam Ron
Jarunun Phantachat
Pradit Prasartthong
Yeo Yann Yann
Production Manager
Lim Shi Yun
Technical Manager
Patrick Wong
Stage Manager
Grace Low
Assistant Stage Manager
Audrey Teo
Lighting Operator
Yap Tshun Min
Sound Operator
Muneer Sidek
Multimedia Operator
Eugene Lee
Lynette Khoo
Melissa Chin
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07 May 2005
Associated Press - Tsunami survivor tales played out on Singapore stage
05 May 2005
Channel News Asia - Theatre group to stage 'Boxing Day' in memory of tsunami victims
18 May 2005
Newsweek - THEATER - All The World’s Stage
25 Apr 2005
Sunday Observer - Singapore play recounts tsunami survivors' stories


15 May 2005
Business Times - Over-exposed tragedy treated with startling freshness
08 May 2005
Flying Inkpot - Tragedy Remembered