Formed in 1987 by our current 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 a recipient of the National Arts Council's Major Grant FY2017-FY2019, 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.
2022 sees TNS celebrating its 35rd anniversary. Having presented more than 120 original plays in Singapore and abroad, TNS remains focused on breaking new ground in original local content and intercultural exploration.
For more information, visit necessary.org or our online archives at tnsarchives.com.