Drama Centre Returns!
Drama Centre Returns!
100 Victoria Street
Level 3, National Library
Fondly remembered by arts lovers and the arts community, the Drama Centre will soon return bigger and better, with the latest state-of-the art theatre facilities. Occupying the 2nd to 6th storeys of the National Library building, the new Drama Centre is set to become the landmark focal point for the arts. Built to effectively meet the need for a dedicated purpose-built mid-sized theatre in Singapore, the new Drama Centre offers a 615-seat theatre, a black box and three multi-purpose function areas. The former Drama Centre at Fort Canning Park was closed on 15 July 2002 to make way for expansion of the Singapore History Museum.
The theatre is equipped with a world-class enhanced stage, lighting and sound systems. It is the first in Singapore of its size to be equipped with a fully automated power flying system, which allows hirers to programme the control speed and synchronise movements of sceneries. A multi-functional digital sound control desk located in the auditorium provides a full ambience feel for better sound mixing. The sound control system is also designed to enable touring shows to adopt the "plug and play" method for greater ease of integration with the theatre’s systems. In the auditorium, air vents located underneath plush seats allow for improved efficiency in air circulation. Coupled with superb acoustic, the theatre is primed to provide arts organisations greater performance opportunities, as well as comfort and enjoyment for theatre patrons.
The black box provides a cosy space with flexibility for artists to configure based on their production needs. With a seating capacity for 120 persons, it is suited for showcasing experimental works and recitals. Other facilities at the Drama Centre include two multi-purpose rooms, a function area and a VIP lounge with exclusive facilities such as bar, pantry and toilets. These can be utilised for seminars, meetings, exhibitions and private functions. A bar and box office is located at the foyer.
The co-location of the new Drama Centre in the National Library building creates an unprecedented synergy in arts facilities in the surrounding areas. The Singapore Management University, National Library, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts and the Singapore History Museum are all in close proximity. Coupled with the existing Waterloo Arts Belt, including The Substation, Selegie Arts Centre, Jubilee Hall, and the Bras Basah/Bugis entertainment area, there are immense possibilities in terms of sharing and exchange between cultural agencies, attractions, institutions and the commercial sector.
Drama Centre will officially open in November 2005. The public and arts community are invited to experience and re-live the theatre experience at the new Drama Centre in a series of events during the test period from August to September. Most of the events during the test period are free.
We invite you to help publicise the new Drama Centre facilities and events to your readers and viewers. Visuals and interviews are available.
For more information:
- General Information on Drama Centre Facilities
- Test Period Events
For bookings of the New Drama Centre, please contact:
Mr Koh Wee Giap
Theatre Manager, Drama Centre, National Arts Council
DID: 6837 8400 | Fax: 6333 0151 | Email: KOH_Wee_Giap@nac.gov.sg