Advisory 16 (Some Mature Content and Coarse Language)
Foreign Bodies by Birds Migrant Theatre (Singapore)
  • Jan 15, 2023
      Jan 15, 2023
  • duration.mins
  • Esplanade Annexe Studio
  • synopsis

    Arif and Ani are migrant workers in Singapore. A chance encounter develops into a romantic relationship. However, can they afford to fall in love in Singapore when they have obligations back in their home countries? Complications arise when news threatens the foundation of their relationship.


    Foreign Bodies is devised by the Company and performed by an ensemble of migrant and Singapore actors. It looks at the desperate and extreme situations migrants in Singapore sometimes find themselves in. Although they are told to focus on working and making money for their families back home, often they desire a better quality of life in Singapore. However, not everything always goes as planned.

    Post-show dialogue after 5pm performance.



    • Once tickets are sold, there are strictly no cancellation, exchange or refund.
    • For concession tickets, random verification checks may be carried out at the theatre.


    Photography and videography are strictly not allowed during the performance.

    COVID-19 Safe Management Measures (SMM)

    As per the latest COVID-19 SMM by the National Arts Council, effective as of 29 August 2022, mask-wearing is optional in theatres, and safe distancing is no longer required.


    We highly encourage our audiences to practise social responsibility. Do stay home to rest if you are feeling unwell. You are welcome to continue wearing a mask in the theatre.



    We welcome patrons who need accessible seating arrangements—including wheelchair users, those who require access to open captions, and those with assistance dogs.


    Due to varying production designs and seating configurations, please contact us at [email protected] before booking your ticket so we can share more information about seating and routes with you. You can also find more information about accessibility at the Fringe website.


    For queries or more information, please contact us at [email protected].

    Artist Line Up and Bio


    Birds Migrant Theatre is a theatre group comprising migrant workers from Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Philippines. Its name is a reference to migratory birds. They are united by an interest in theatre and performance. Since 2018, they have performed for the Singapore Theatre Festival, the Global Migrant Festival and Esplanade's Red Dot August festival. They have been receiving guidance from Haresh Sharma, Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage.



    Haresh is the Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage. He has been mentoring Birds Migrant Theatre since 2018 and is proud to see the group grow from strength to strength. He has conducted acting and playwriting workshops for Birds, and devised plays with them. He has also invited Singapore artists to work with them, such as Serena Ho, Sharda Harrison, Sindhura Kalidas and Deonn Yang. He is excited to be co-directing Foreign Bodies.



    Serena is a director and facilitator. She started her career as an actor and has since worked at many schools and theatre companies. She derives joy from collaborating with various communities. She enjoys work that is based on real life experiences and aims to realise new forms of empowerment through process work in classrooms and rehearsals.



    Wiwi is from Kediri East Java, Indonesia. She has been working in Singapore as a domestic helper since 2004. She developed a passion for theatre and writing since young. Besides writing and acting, she wants to explore more about stage performance. Her play Shoes was given a dramatised reading at the Singapore Theatre Festival 2018. She recently performed in and so we dance, part of Esplanade's da:ns Festival 2021. She believes nothing is impossible in this world as long as one works hard for it.



    Sukempi has been a Foreign Domestic Worker in Singapore since 2009. She is an introvert. To build her confidence, she likes to join activities and take part in courses. She also loves hiking, reading, watching dramas and listening to music. Her dream is to perform on a big stage. She performed in and so we dance, part of Esplanade's da:ns Festival 2021,and was a contestant in We Got Talent organised by the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (Fast). Her motto is “Dream it and make it happen”.



    Deni is from Indramayu, Indonesia. She has been working as a domestic worker in Singapore since 2013. Her hobbies include watching comedies, drawing weird characters, writing and reading. She won first prize at the 2017 Migrant Worker Poetry Competition. She started theatre in 2018 and has written and performed for the Singapore Theatre Festival, Red Dot August, Esplanade and the Global Migrant Festival. In 2021, she performed in and so we dance, part of Esplanade's da:ns Festival. Deni loves being kidnapped by the depths of her mind.



    Zilani is from Bangladesh. He has been working as a construction worker in Singapore for 10 years. He loves to read and write. He writes about inequality, gender discrimination and human rights. Zilani loves humour, politics, philosophy, science and reason. He has performed in Big Dream, Text Book and Sambal, and In Between, which he wrote. He also performed in and so we dance, part of Esplanade's da:ns Festival 2021. Through his theatre activities, he tells stories and spreads positivity about migrant workers in Singapore.



    Sugiarti is from Central Java, Indonesia. She loves photography, hiking, dogs and cats. Her motto is to live to the fullest with no regrets. She tried to be vegetarian but failed because she loves to eat steak. She won first prize at the 2018 Migrant Worker Poetry Competition. She has written and performed for Red Dot August, Esplanade, da:ns Festival and Global Migrant Festival. In 2021, she acted in a short film for ciNE65 MMA. She misses Rufus the lemon beagle who passed away last year. 



    Rina is from Indramayu, West Java. She has been working in Singapore for 14 years. She likes adventures like hiking and biking. In her leisure time, she likes to go to the beach, listen to music and write poetry. She always likes to try new things. She joined acting to challenge herself and increase her confidence.



    At eight years old, Fahim Murshed experienced his first stage applause playing Grandpa Mouse in Belling the Cat. He is a traditional storyteller, with roots in improvisation and comedy. Projects include The Secret Life of Haw Par Villa by Patch & Punnet, Scourge of the Swordfish by Dick Lee Asia, and productions by Andsoforth. Fahim graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts' Diploma in Performance and will be taking the BA(Hons) in Acting programme. He hopes to continue experiencing the feeling he got at age eight, but maybe without the giant mouse ears.


    Grace is a freelance theatre practitioner who hopes to create more works representing the suppressed and minorities. Her work credits include Watching the World Go By, Marma Medai – Theerppu (The Judgement), Paper Paravai, Amma’s Sarees, Crocodiles in Kurtas, The Old Fogies, Goddesses of Words series – Touch Me Not and Angry Indian Women, Mother I series and more. The Intercultural Theatre Institute graduate has also acted in TV dramas Tanglin and Kin for MediaCorp Channel 5 and Mani & Mullum Malaram for MediaCorp Vasantham.

  • Jan 15, 2023
      Jan 15, 2023
  • duration.mins
  • Esplanade Annexe Studio
  • tickets-fromS$15