Company Milestones
  • Nov 1981 – ACT 3:  Living Room Theatre formed by R Chandran, Ruby Lim-Yang & Jasmin Samat Simon.

  • Jan 1982 – first official performance at MPH Bookstore, Stamford Road.

  • Oct 1983 – first involvement in a national arts showcase event, Drama Festival - “Treasure Island” @ Bras Basah Park. Subsequently, commissioned pieces performed at Singapore Festival of Arts and Young People’s Theatre.

  • 1st July 1984 – ACT 3 Theatrics established as Singapore’s first professional theatre company.

  • July 1984 – introduction of theatre and theatre related activities to primary and secondary schools with the launch of assembly performances and drama workshops.

  • Oct 1984 – first full-length theatre production staged – “Strawberry Shortcake Extravaganza” at World Trade Centre Auditorium.

  • Jun 1985 – first overseas foray – KL Arts Festival. In future years, troupes travel to other Malaysian states, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Canada.

  • 1986 – Invited by the Ministry of Community Development to be part of the Semi-Residential Theatre Scheme. Having Drama Centre (Fort Canning) as base, and staging four new productions a year, hundreds of thousands of children and families are drawn to the theatre to experience the magic of the stage.

  • 1987 – Projects like the Theatre Apprentice Programme and Workshop Theatre established to draw young people into the world of theatre and provide them exposure and hands-on training.

  • Mar 1988 - Singapore’s first original musical created, produced and staged – “Makanplace the Singapore Musical” at Victoria Theatre”.

  • Early 1990s – Theatre-in-Education (TIE) introduced in primary & secondary schools.

  • 1990s – Second generation of practitioners gain prominence on-stage and back-stage.

  • 2000s – greater focus on work with schools and students; establishment of collaborative projects with organisations – both government & private – as tools to reach out to and involve even more young people. {Association of Banks in Singapore, MoneySense, National Heritage Board, Health Promotion Board, Ministry of Law, National Crime Prevention Council, California Raisins, the Museums, National Arts Council}.

  • 2004 – collaboration with Esplanade theatres on the bay begins - ‘Octoburst’ series to celebrate Children’s Day.

  • 2006 – creation of ‘Playtime’ with Esplanade as a theatre series for the very young.

  • 2008 – launch of the ‘Feed Your Imagination’ series to bring students to the theatre – in conjunction with Esplanade and National Arts Council.

  • 2010 – production and staging of grand musical ‘Christmas Dolls’ at Suntec City Mall.

  • 2012 – year-long sabbatical, as a period for introspection & reflection.

  • Oct 2012 – Republic Polytechnic’s staging of ACT 3’s ‘Makanplace the Musical’ to commemorate their 10th anniversary; Guest-of-Honour Mr Tony Tan, President of the Republic of Singapore.

  • Late 2012 – soft launch of initiatives like “Writing My First Story Book” and “From Script to Stage”.

  • 2013 – Establishment of “Young Writers, Ink”, “Create & Stage”, “Young Authors Club” to signal the evolution to a ‘Children-driven Professional Theatre Company’.

  • 2014 - Invited by NAC to pilot Arts Education Programmes for MOE kindergartens. 

  • 2014 - Launch of drama education programmes in Special Needs schools, in conjunction with the National Arts Council.

  • 2014 - Development of Community Arts projects like organisations like MacPherson CC, Siglap South CC, Sengkang CC

  • 2015 - Producing and staging theatre performances with Special Needs schools (THK Epic Kindergarten, APSN Tanglin School, Grace Orchard).

  • 2016 - Central storytelling at the National Day Parade.

  • 2017 - Very Special Theatrics established in conjunction with VSA Singapore.

  • 2018 - Storytelling and drama programmes at Gateway Theatre (Kids Hub).

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