About Campaign

ends 01 Nov 2017, 11:59 PM
The Necessary Stage (TNS) was founded in 1987 with a simple aim: to create challenging, innovative and indigenous work that touches the heart and mind. Through the years, we have been extremely fortunate to be able to create a robust body of work that is meaningful and relevant to our audience and society, engaging the community through collaborations across genres and generations, and increasing arts education amongst youths and seniors alike.

In recognition of their artistic excellence as well as contribution to the arts, our Artistic Director Alvin Tan and Resident Playwright Haresh Sharma have both been conferred the Cultural Medallion (2014 and 2015 respectively), making TNS the only arts company in Singapore with two Cultural Medallion recipients. In 2014, Haresh also received the S.E.A. Write (or Southeast Asian Write) Award, which recognises and honours literary excellence in the ASEAN region.

As we look towards celebrating our 30th birthday in 2017, we appeal to you to be our partner to build a robust future for thought-provoking Singapore theatre!

Your donation will go a long way in helping us create theatre that is both challenging and empowering, theatre that does not discriminate age, class or ethnicity; theatre that is indigenous, intercultural and relevant to the times.

About the Charity

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.

2020 sees TNS celebrating its 33rd anniversary. Having presented more than 100 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.


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