Set in an imagined, futuristic world, Sama Wholeness Centre believes in the country’s mandate that all human lives are Whole.
Citizens who do not conform to the status of Whole are put through a rigorous training programme that will help them achieve the desired status before gaining admission to the country. Citizens who fail the programme are ousted and lost forever. Given the high stakes, the recruits soon discover that they must work both individually and collectively. Uncertainty ensues.
What have these recruits really signed up for? Will these recruits choose to conform to the demands of the programme, or will they stick to their roots and embrace what makes them “less than half”?
Directed by Adib Kosnan and Yarra Ileto, and written by Aswani Aswath, Less Than Half is devised and performed by students from the BA (Hons) in Performance Making programme at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
Co-presented with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
Open captions in English for all shows. Post-show dialogue on 6 January 2023, with speech to text interpretation available upon request. Please email your request to [email protected] before 22 December 2022.
- 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.
Open captions are available for all shows.
For queries or more information, please contact us at [email protected].
CO-DIRECTOR – ADIB KOSNAN
Adib Kosnan is a theatre practitioner and an Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre. His directing credits include Without Reason by Sim Yan Ying (ArtsWok Collaborative, August 2017), Tanah•Air 水•土: A Play in Two Parts by Drama Box (co-director with Kok Heng Leun, October 2019) and Rindu Di Bulan, produced by Rupa co.lab for M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2022. Adib is also a lead artist for Both Sides Now: Mengukir Harapan, a community engagement project focusing on end-of-life issues in the Malay Muslim community.
CO-DIRECTOR – YARRA ILETO
Yarra Ileto is an Australian-born, Singapore-based dance artist who negotiates between the roles of artistic director, choreographer, educator, performer and mother. In 2008, she joined T.H.E Dance Company as one of the full-time pioneer members and has toured extensively in Asia and Europe. Yarra has also choreographed works for T.H.E main company, universities and art institutions. In 2017, she received the Young Artist Award and later graduated with a Master’s Degree in Arts Pedagogy and Practice with Distinction in 2020.
PLAYWRIGHT – ASWANI ASWATH
Aswani Aswath is a playwright, screenwriter and storyteller. Her plays have been produced by the Singapore Writers Festival (Angry Indian Woman – The Trial), Esplanade’s Kalaa Utsavam (Locker Room God) and M1 Peer Pleasure Festival (If these Wheels could Speak…), amongst others. She also co-wrote the screenplays for Maraiporul and Irandu, which were produced by Mediacorp Vasantham.
Passionate about arts education, Aswani has run playwriting workshops for Buds Youth Theatre and currently teaches at the School of the Arts. She holds a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London.
SOUND DESIGNER – ALIF DANIAL AHMAD
Danial Ahmad is a freelance creative who’s passionate about everything sound, music, audio, and the performing arts. He has worn many different hats over the years. Some of his projects include Big Boat Studios Pte Ltd’s Globaloo as its music producer, the Randomly Relatable SG podcast as its editor, Speak Cryptic’s Anatomy of a Heartbreak (2018) as its sound designer, Kepaten Obor – Igniting a Withered Torch for Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’s Pesta Raya 2022, as well as a jingles/short tracks creator for Andsoforth Pte Ltd.
He also has his music project, Dnl., where he releases his own songs. He has collaborated with artists like Subhas, Axel Brizzy and Chloe Ho for some of his releases. He graduated with a Diploma in Music and Audio Technology from Singapore Polytechnic.
LIGHTING DESIGNER – TAI ZI FENG
Tai Zi Feng graduated with BA Hons in Theatre Arts from the University of Essex, East 15. His work ranges from dance and musicals to theatre plays.
As a Lighting Designer, he was always drawn to the connection between light and other mediums in our daily life. He believes that light can help evoke emotions and accentuate moments.
Some of his recent works include: Kwa Geok Choo by Toy Factory Productions, Quasimodo, A Musical Story by Sing’theatre, and Tartuffe by W!LD RICE.
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER – SHINING GOH
Shining Goh has been actively working in many local and overseas festivals.
She has toured extensively with T.H.E Dance Company and worked in most of their local and overseas productions since its establishment. She was also the company’s Production Stage Manager from 2013 to 2016.
Shining was also a part-time Stage Management Lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts from 2013 to 2016. She has been the Gala Events Manager for the Singapore International Film Festival since 2017.
Currently, she is a freelancer who enjoys working with independent artists and companies.
PERFORMER – NASTARI SALMA MUSONO
Nastari Salma Musono is currently pursuing the BA (Hons) Performance Making course at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). She is trained in Ballet (RAD), Contemporary, Jazz (CSTD), and an array of traditional Indonesian dances. Salma has taken part and was awarded in several dance competitions, such as the Asia Pacific Arts Festival and Star of Canaan Dance Competition. During her time at NAFA, she has danced in self-choreographed performances such as Mekar Renjana (G20 Indonesia-Singapore Business Forum 2022 Opening) and Lebur (2022, Laskar NAFA’s Exhibition: Knock The Propaganda). She has also collaborated in interdisciplinary works in ensembles including Medea and the role of Hanuman in Ramayana.
PERFORMER – NATHASIA CHIN SHI MIN
Nathasia Chin is currently pursuing her BA (Hons) in Performance Making at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). Nathasia achieved distinctions in the RAD Classical Ballet examinations from Grade 3 to Advanced Foundation. She has participated in various dance competitions such as International Ballet Grand Prix Singapore 2021, where she was awarded 1st in Contemporary and 2nd in Classical for her solos.
During her first year in NAFA, she has also worked with her Theatre-specialised classmates in ensembles for Ramayana and Medea. Nathasia is currently teaching in Pei School of Dance, where she teaches young children ballet and assists The Elite Programme classes.
PERFORMER – VERONICA CATHLEEN JANE
Veronica Cathleen Jane completed her Advanced 2 Royal Academy of Dance in 2018. She is currently pursuing her BA (Hons) in Performance Making at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). Her performance credits include: 12 Dancing Princesses, and Little Red Riding Hood and 3 Little Hoods (2017, Flamboyant Ballet School), Tujuh Biji Congklak (2017, 95th Anniversary of Santa Maria Senior High School), Lebur (2022, Laskar NAFA’s Exhibition: Knock The Propaganda), and Mekar Renjana (2022, Indonesia-Singapore Business Forum).
PERFORMER – KYRA DAWN FIALHO
Kyra Fialho is a student in the BA (Hons) Performance Making course at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). She trains in Ballet and Contemporary dance, while being familiar with South-East Asian styles. She has trained extensively in Jazz in Academies such as The Danceworks and L’infini. Kyra was promoted to Company status in both academies and was able to gain experience teaching children and young adults. Kyra has participated in many Inter-School competitions for Dance as well as Catwalks. She has had voice recording jobs, and performed in many musicals like Oliver Twist and Sound of Music. Musicals in which she has rehearsed include Cats, Chicago, and Aladdin.
PERFORMER – YONG WAN LING
Yong Wan Ling was born in Shanghai, China. She started dancing ballet at the age of five, under the training of The Royal Academy of Ballet. She performed every year on the stage of Shanghai Theatre Academy till the age of 14, before she decided to explore other genres of dance by herself, such as Chinese dance and Jazz dance. Being fascinated by all forms of dance, she decided to pursue a career in dance and started her journey in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) at the age of 17. At NAFA, Wan Ling took an interest in Contemporary dance as well as choreography. During her studies, she performed in works by students and choreographers such as Dr Filomar Cortezano Tariao, Norisham Osman, Yenny Widjaja, and Sharhin Johnry at In Youthful Company 2022 at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, Crossings, The Third Space, and [email protected].
PERFORMER – CHASTUKHIN KIRILL
Kirill Chastukhin is from Ulyanovsk, Russia. He began dancing at the age of 16, when he entered the Ulyanovsk College of Culture and Art. There, he trained in Ballet, Folk, Ballroom, and Historical dance styles. Kirill entered Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) at the age of 19. While at NAFA, he actively choreographed and performed in student choreography pieces for productions such as [email protected]. His choreography was selected and staged at events such as Phenomenon III, SWEAT Hong Kong International Dance Festival, and [email protected]. He also performed in NAFA's annual productions, The Third Space and Crossings, working with choreographers Yarra Ileto, Norisham Osman, Dr Filomar Cortezano Tariao, and Shahrin Johry.
PERFORMER – DANISERI D/O ANNAMALAI
Dani started in classical ballet under Dancepointe Singapore when she was seven, and performed several times under Ms Lena Foo. Later on, she started contemporary at the age of 17 under ITE Centre for Music and The Arts (CEMTA). She was also trained in Chinese dance. At ITE, she was actively performing as well as being involved in several dance productions, working with choreographers such as Zaini Tahir, Melissa Ng, and Fiona Thng. She was the Vice President of the Club from 2018-2020.
Dani graduated with a Diploma In Dance from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), and is currently a second-year student in the BA(Hons) Performance Making course at NAFA. She has trained under Dr Caren Carino, Gillian Tan, Goh Shou Yi, Dr David Zeitner, Dr Filomar Tariao, Toru Okada, and many more. She was actively performing for her seniors in their Creation modules, as well as working with choreographers such as Yarra Ileto’s home.body and Shahrin Johnry’s Now/here for The Third space 2020 and Crossings 2021 respectively. She was also an M1-Frontier Danceland PULSE Programme scholar in 2020. More recently, Dani has been experimenting with her own ideas to depict greater clarity in her work, as well as discovering many more possibilities to shape her choreography.
PERFORMER – CATHERINE BAHROOCHA
Catherine Bahroocha is studying at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) pursing her BA(Hons) in Performance Making (Theatre Specialism). She has done a lot of scene works, solo works, and monologues at NAFA, which include works as Irina, Masha, and Trigorin from The Seagull and Olga from Three Sisters, Anton Chekov's plays, Nora in The Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and multiple characters from Bertolt Brecht's play The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
PERFORMER – ISABELLA TSI MIN SZE
Isabella Tsi graduated from Anglo-Chinese Junior College, where she studied Theatre Studies & Drama, and was an active member of ACSian Theatre. She is currently a Year-2 student in the BA (Hons) Performance Making course at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). Her roles in theatre include: Sonata in Music Co.: The Musical, Lily & Kyra in Model Students, Maria Ziegler in Dedicated To, Nora in A Doll’s House, Viola in Twelfth Night, as well as ensemble roles in ACSian Theatre’s HERO, Santa Claus: Origins, Macbeth, & Rice, and most recently, The Caucasian Chalk Circle for her final assessment in Year 1.
PERFORMER – ZOEY TAN
Zoey Tan is currently doing her BA (Hons) Performance Making (Theatre Specialism) at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). Her roles at NAFA include Olga Prozorova in Three Sisters, Masha in The Seagull, Christine Linde, as known as Mrs. Linde in A Doll’s House, Estragon in Waiting for Godot, Countess Olivia in Twelfth Night, Miss Sarah Hew in Normal, and most recently, she was a part of an ensemble in The Caucasian Chalk Circle. She has also directed a segment of Attempts on Her Life, and written and directed an original play, Unbreakable.
PERFORMER – AMANDA KIM ASH LYNN
Amanda Kim graduated with a Diploma in Theatre (English Drama) and is now currently doing her BA (Hons) in Performance Making at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), where she received two Dean’s List Recipient Awards in her three years of Diploma studies. She has also been awarded Top Scorer in Voice, Top Scorer for Interdisciplinary Lab, Top Scorer for Movement (Southeast Asian and Stylised), and Top Scorer for Playwrighting. Her roles in theatre include Performer in 100 Cassettes by Jose Maceda (NAC), Viking in Valhalla and The Chambers of Asgards (ANDSOFORTH), Performer in Hands Up (Split Theatre), Agnes in (I)solate /（隔）离: Die Angst (Teater Ekamatra), and Samsui Woman in Rasa Singapura (A’Art SG).
PERFORMER – TAY SER CHYI
Tay Ser Chyi is currently a Year 2 student pursuing a BA (Hons) in Performance Making Degree at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). She recently graduated with a Diploma in Theatre (Mandarin Drama) from NAFA, and has been actively involved in the arts sector. She has undertaken management roles at Chingay Parade, National Day Parade, and the Singapore International Festival of Arts. Her time at NAFA has made her realise the importance of performing arts in Singapore and inspired her to train to be a better performer who can contribute to the ever evolving arts sector. Aside from theatre, she has been practicing Pole Dancing and Contemporary Dance. Some of her credits include Katharina in (I)solate /（隔）离 (Teater Ekamatra), Medea in Medea, Estragon in Waiting for Godot, Viola in Twelfth Night, Nora Helmer in A Doll's House.
PERFORMER – DAMERIS KHOO BI KHOON
Dameris Khoo is currently pursuing a BA (Hons) in Performance Making from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). She recently graduated with a Diploma in Theatre (English Drama) from NAFA. Her roles in NAFA include Ben in The Dumb Waiter, Olga in Three Sisters, Nora in A Doll’s House, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Lydia in Eton and Cindy, The Nameless in Your House Your Rules, Emily in Unbreakable, and The Nameless in Egg. Other experience includes performing in One for another (A student collaborative project) and The Truth. PERFORMER – MUHAMMAD HAEINDRA BIN SAHARIL Haeindra Saharil trained at the School of The Arts (SOTA) and LASALLE College of the Arts, and is currently pursuing his BA (Hons) in Performance Making at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). He was awarded The Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship at the academy. His roles in theatre include Katurian K. Katurian in The Pillowman (LASALLE), and the history teacher in Body of Land (SOTA), a production that was staged at M1 Peer Pleasure 2016. He is also a Speech and Drama (English) teacher for Playtime Theatre.
PERFORMER – MUHAMMAD HAEINDRA BIN SAHARIL
Haeindra Saharil trained at the School of The Arts (SOTA) and LASALLE College of the Arts, and is currently pursuing his BA (Hons) in Performance Making at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). He was awarded The Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship at the academy. His roles in theatre include Katurian K. Katurian in The Pillowman (LASALLE), and the history teacher in Body of Land (SOTA), a production that was staged at M1 Peer Pleasure 2016. He is also a Speech and Drama (English) teacher for Playtime Theatre.
PERFORMER – JAMES ANTHONY CARINO
James Anthony Carino graduated with a Diploma in Theatre (English Drama) from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). His roles at NAFA include GIG in Random Access Memory written by Mark Cheong (Toy Factory Productions) and Various Roles in Die Fledermaus. James’ interdisciplinary experience includes a contemporary dance performance for NAFA's The Third Space where he played the role of the narrator in the item, and (B)loom choreographed by Dr Filomar Cortezano Tariao. Other experiences include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at NEXUS International School and various roles in the staged readings at TheatreWorks’ 24-Hour Playwriting Competition Prize Presentation in 2018.
PERFORMER – WANG WEIHAO
Wei Hao Wang is currently pursuing a BA (Hons) in Performance Making after completing his Diploma in Theatre (English Drama) at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). His roles in NAFA include The Seagull, The Dumb Waiter, Ramayana, King Lear, (I)solate /（隔）离); Die Angst and Sinaran Drive (Teater Ekamatra).
PERFORMER – JOHN LEONG TZE YEE
John Tzeyee graduated with a Diploma in Theatre (English Drama) in 2020 from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). His roles at NAFA include Nanda in Ashes, Ashes (Toy Factory Productions), Yogyakarta Immersion Programme Showcase and NAFA's 80th Anniversary Celebration Gala Dinner.
John’s other experiences include Self in Vulnerability — An Ode to Ah Gong (Esplanade's Flipside Scratch Night), Ah John in SATU (Singapore Management University's (SMU) Malay Language Cultural Centre, Pradana in Gaya:Darsana for SMU's Kommunitas Indonesia (SMUKI) and Altar Boy in Asian-Pacific Lasallian Youth Congress Musical at St. Joseph's Institution. He was also an acting coach for Gaya:Sangsaka (SMUKI).
PERFORMER – XIANG YINGXIN
Xiang Yingxin graduated with a Diploma in Theatre (Mandarin Drama) from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) where she received the NAFA Merit Award, Dean's List Award, and Singapore MOE Tuition Grant Scheme. She is currently pursuing her BA (Hons) Performance Making at NAFA.
Yingxin’s roles at NAFA include Nara in A Doll's House, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Vladimir in Waiting For Godot, Lina in Eton and Cindy, Liang Xiaoxiao in If You Are the One (fragment). Her other performance experiences include NAFA School Official Promotional Film in 2019/2020 & 2020/2019. In addition, she is also versed in Chinese dance and folk dance.
PERFORMER – NABIHAH BINTE ZAINODIN
Nabihah Zainodin graduated with a Diploma in Theatre (English Drama) from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). Her roles at NAFA include Hilary in The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband, Saloma in Off Centre, Jenny in Of Babies (not really) and People, Judy Boone in The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Tracy Tan in Is This Our Stop?. Nabihah’s other experience includes: Witness to War: Remembering 1942 and various roles in TheatreWorks’ 24-Hour Playwriting Competition Prize Presentation in 2018.