Theatre503 and Ellandar Productions present
A despot has come to power. The society is listless, submissive and scared.
But beneath every violation of civil autonomy, there are humans, behind every resistance to power, there are individuals. And these people are not different to us but identical, they are not heroic or remarkable, but ordinary.
Through the lives of ornithologists, bureaucrats, soldiers and tour guides, No Particular Order charts the fall, rise and continuation of a single society, asking the same repeated question “Is it empathy, or power, that endures?”
No Particular Order is the startling debut play from 503Five alumnus Joel Tan, and was shortlisted in the 2018 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award.
ALLERGY WARNING – this performance contains the use of real feathers.
This show contains themes that some audience members may find distressing. If this sounds like it could apply to you, you can view content information here.
31 May 7.30pm WRITERS NIGHTS: A chance for writers to enjoy a discounted ticket and meet our literary department and the writer of the show. Attendees to Writers Night are invited to submit for our Rapid Write Response initiative. To unlock the £5 tickets, email email@example.com and ask to be digitally tagged as a writer. If you are unable to attend our Writers Night, the £5 tickets will also be available for the following performance on 1 June 7:30pm. There will be a digital writers’ space on Zoom with the Literary Department and writer, Joel Tan, on Wednesday 25th May at 7pm – please register your attendance for this here.
15 June 12pm PARENT & BABY: Similar to our Relaxed Performance in terms of technical alterations, but provided as an opportunity for parents and/or guardians to enjoy a spot of theatre without the need to hire a babysitter. Please note, we do not exclude other audience members from booking to see this performance.
15 June 7.30pm RELAXED: For anyone who benefits from a more relaxed performance environment. House lights are left up with audience free to exit and reenter as required. Sound levels are reduced and any strobe / ‘flashing light’ effects will be omitted also.
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Joel Tan 陈文传
Joel Tan 陈文传 is a Singaporean playwright based between London and Singapore. His play LOVE IN THE TIME OF THE ANCIENTS was a finalist for the 2019 Papatango Prize, and NO PARTICULAR ORDER was shortlisted for Theatre503's 2018 Playwriting Award. Joel was one of the 503Five resident playwrights at Theatre503 and was part of the 2020-2021 Royal Court Writers Group.
Recent short form work in the UK includes WHEN THE DAFFODILS with Orange Tree Theatre; LIVING NEWSPAPER with the Royal Court Theatre; site-specific audio work OVERHEARD, and digital immersive audio journey AUGMENTED CHINATOWN with Chinese Arts Now. He has plays in development with Almeida Theatre, the Royal Court, and Headlong Theatre. Joel also works inter-disciplinarily, and has collaborated with visual artists, poets, musicians and dancers as a writer, director and dramaturg.
In Singapore, his plays have been produced by leading theatre companies including Checkpoint Theatre, Wild Rice, and Pangdemonium, and several are available in a collection, Joel Tan Plays Volume 1, published by Checkpoint Theatre.
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