Accidental Heist

Playwright

Director

Performers

Andy Pang

Zhui Ning Chang

Misha Paule, Shyann Ong

Synopsis

Two friends meet after a long separation. An occurrence of chance - one who serves, the other a customer. Both lead different lives now, yet a major scam incident brings them closer than they ever expect to be. As trust from the past and deceit of the present clashes, so does strife between morality and the system ensues.

What inspired you to write this play? 

There was once I had to resolve an incident over the phone, but I came face to face with the insurmountable fence of ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. It’s the system.’ Proud and too broke to be defeated, I went down and knocked on a few tables. It was then I caught a whiff of the system’s fragrance, and felt the tender grip of its benevolent claws. It’s bizarre how walls built to protect us may eventually turn hostile to our own safety.

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Andy Pang

Playwright

Andy Pang holds a Masters in Theatre Directing, having trained with East 15 Acting School (UK) and GITIS (Russian University of Theatre Arts, Moscow). Since then, he has directed works of different genres, which includes classical opera Bastien und Bastienne (W. A. Mozart), Hänsel und Gretel (Engelbert Humperdinck), theatre plays Ashes, Ashes (Rajkumar Thiagaras), The Soldier’s Tale (Stravinsky, self-adapted), Still Sailing (self-written), and his own puppetry work Doggy and MeowMeow.

Prior to director training, Andy Pang graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a BA in Theatre Arts (Acting Major) and was the recipient of the NAFA President Award in 2011. A bilingual actor and puppeteer, his performing credits includes puppeteering the iconic Sun Wukong in The Magic Lantern, which won Best Production for the Young @ Life Theatre Awards 2017.

Andy Pang has an avid interest in folklore, and strives to create theatrical fables that spark metaphors with the contemporary society. He is currently a freelance theatre creator, performer, and educator.

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Zhui Ning Chang

Director

Zhui Ning Chang is a Malaysian theatre director, writer and producer. Her practice is driven by principles of decoloniality, queer hope punk action, and building support and solidarity through storytelling. Directing credits include Seashore Yuanfen co-written with Nemo Martin (MGCfutures Bursary Award 2021), Asian Pirate Musical (VAULT 2021), The Grand March by Pooja Sivaraman (Fresh Lime Soda Productions), Pareidolia by Sonny Nwachukwu (Tamasha Theatre), Kami by Enxi Chang (New Earth Theatre), and Inside Voices by Nabilah Said (VAULT 2020).

 

Zhui Ning serves as Connections Producer at Global Voices Theatre and is a founding member of the grassroots advocacy group Migrants in Theatre. She trained in Tamasha Theatre's Directors Programme and holds an MA in Text and Performance from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Birkbeck, University of London.

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Misha Paule

Cast

Misha is a Singaporean actor who is passionate about musical theatre. Her recent credits include The Essential Playlist (The Second Breakfast Company) and Working The Musical (Sing’ Theatre Academy). She hopes to use her voice for the unheard and create a place for individuals to feel at home with themselves.

 

Misha is grateful to be involved in Accidental Heist as part of the Quick and Bold Festival.

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Shyann Ong

Cast

Shyann has been in love with acting since she was 14. She has trained at Singapore Repertory Theatre, BUDS Youth Theatre and Singapore Media Academy. During her time there she has performed in both leading and ensemble roles. She has also trained under Shelley Mitchell of Los Angeles’ Duse Studio of Dramatic Arts and is currently in her 3rd year in Diploma in Performance at LASALLE College of the Arts. Most recently, Shyann worked with SRT on Girls Like That where she was one of the lead characters and played the character of Vladimir (Waiting for Godot) in LASALLE 's project Cool Shorts. She wishes to continue exploring and pushing the boundaries in theatre in the future.