Singapore Arts Festival 2007 Presents 3 Years, 8 Months, 20 Days




25 MAY -24 JUNE 2007




3 Years, 8 Months, 20 Days


by Amrita Performing Arts (Cambodia)


~ World Premiere ~


14 & 15 June, 8pm


Esplanade Theatre Studio




60mins (no intermission)


Performed in Khmer with English surtitles


Co-produced by the Singapore Arts Festival and Amrita Performing Arts


Post-show dialogue with Annemarie Prins on 14 June


Amrita Performing Arts collaborates with the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penhto present 3 Years, 8 Months, 20 Days, a theatre production based on the horrors of the Pol Pot regime. Inspired by the actresses’ personal experiences and childhood memories during the regime, the docu-performance is a poignant mixture of sadness and pain, which at the same time highlights the importance of human faith and strength to survive.


The performance will be directed by Annemarie Prins, an established director, author and actress from the Netherlands. As a theatre director, she is largely involved with contemporary performances as she partakes in the exploration of new and unique ways of presenting text in theatre. For the past ten years, she has taken an interest in writing monologues, in which she performs in as well, dealing with human sufferance during war. One of her upcoming projects includes a play dealing with death and consumerism in the western world.


By piecing her passion in contemporary art with her apparent interest in socio-political issues, she has managed to blend in modern theatre work with the Cambodian culture – a success that has culminated into 3 Years, 8 Months, 20 Days.


Performing in Khmer with English surtitles is an all-female cast comprising Pol Pot regime survivors Kauv Sotheary, Pok Sovanna and Chhon Sina. The multi-disciplinary play will be harnessing the use of rhythm, voice, unity through text and different types of music and pictures. Accompanied by upcoming singer Nam Narem and singer/musician Ieng Sakkona, the actresses will perform in short poetic sentences in present tense, reinforcing the theme of confusion and naivety lost as children growing during the regime.


Please find the following annexes enclosed for information:

Annex 1 – Synopsis of 3 Years, 8 Months, 20 Days

Annex 2 – Director’s Profile

Annex 3 – Profiles of Cast and Creative Team

Annex 4 – History of The Amrita Performing Arts & The Royal University of Fine Arts