New Drama Centre Ready in 2005

 

Come 2005, the curtains will be lifted to unveil a state-of-the-art theatre: the New Drama Centre, located within the National Library Board Building at 100 Victoria Street. 

 

The New Drama Centre will have a theatre, a black box and three multi-purpose rooms. The theatre will have 615 seats and features modern audio, visual and lighting equipment. There will also be a full power fly system for scenery, the first in Singapore for a mid-sized theatre. The black box is a cosy space with flexibility for artists to configure based on their production needs, and the multi-purpose rooms may be utilised for seminars, meetings, art exhibitions and private functions. 

 

Mr Lee Suan Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of the National Arts Council said, "The New Drama Centre is a significant component in the arts ecosystem in providing a dedicated platform for performing arts. This important addition to the range of performing arts venues in Singapore will enable more variety of productions to be staged and further enliven the arts scene. Just as the old Drama Centre was fondly remembered by artists and audiences alike, we are confident that the New Drama Centre will continue to receive strong support from the arts community and provide new experiences of enjoying the arts, reaching out to audiences both old and new." 

 

Planning for the New Drama Centre started in the late 90s following studies on Singapore's arts facilities conducted as part of the Council's research and strategic planning for the arts. Feedback from the arts community also indicated the need for a mid-sized theatre. The 615-seat theatre, first of its kind in the mid-size range, will effectively meet the growing needs of the arts scene as there is currently no dedicated theatre of this size in Singapore. 

 

The new theatre also replaces the smaller Drama Centre at Fort Canning Park which was closed to accommodate the expansion plans of the Singapore History Museum. Work to co-locate the New Drama Centre in the new National Library building commenced in 2002 and is expected to be officially opened in 4th quarter 2005. The development cost of the theatre is $28.08 million. 

 

The co-location of the New Drama Centre in the National Library building, as opposed to a standalone alternative, has resulted in significant savings in time and development cost as well as greater optimization of land usage. 

 

The new arts facility not only adds vitality to the National Library, it also creates an unprecedented synergy with education institutions such as the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts and Singapore Management University, arts facilities in the Waterloo Street Arts Belt and businesses in the Bras Basah arts and entertainment precinct. There are immense opportunities in terms of sharing, collaborating and exchange of activities and amenities among the groups and institutions. The public can also enjoy the wide range of facilities and activities in the area and also soak in the lively and vibrant atmosphere. 

 

Detailed information on the New Drama Centre is in Annex.

 

Annex - Fact Sheet 

 

For bookings of the New Drama Centre, please contact:

 

Mr Koh Wee Giap
Theatre Manager
National Arts Council

DID : 6345 8347 (Office)
Fax : 6344 2340
E-mail : KOH_Wee_Giap@nac.gov.sg