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Theatre503 and Ellandar Productions present

No Particular Order

Written by Joel Tan 陈文传
Directed by Josh Roche
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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.

RUNNING TIME – 1 hour 25 minutes (no interval)

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. You can also access our Care Pack including this information alongside a detailed synopsis, as well as additional support and resources 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 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 previews upto and including Saturday 4th June. 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. On Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June, there will be an informal Q&A session with the Literary Department and writer, Joel Tan, in the Theatre503 foyer from 7pm-7:20pm – you do not need to book in advance, feel free to just turn up and join the conversation.

15 June 12pm PARENT & BABY: A relaxed environment in which parents and baby can watch a performance and feel free to move about, enter and leave the auditorium as needed. Provided as an opportunity for parents and/or guardians to enjoy a spot of theatre without having to hire a babysitter. Please note, we do not exclude other audience members from booking to see this performance

17 June 7:30pm RECORDED: This performance is being recorded for archive purposes. The audience will be at reduced capacity to accommodate for the camera.

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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.


Artistic Team
Joel Tan 陈文传
Josh Roche
Mingyu Lin 林銘宇
Iskandar اسكندر R. bin Sharazuddin
Ingrid Hu 胡嘉倩
Lighting Designer
Clare O’Donoghue
Sound Designer/Composition
Sarah Sayeed
Main Image Photography
Eivind Hansen
Stage Manager
Rose Hockaday
Video Designers
Vroom Lab Theatre (Erin Guan 关绰莹 & Isabel Sun 孫瑀 )
Associate Sound Designer
Rachael Murray
Sound Technician
Sylvia Wan 温美蓮
Daniel York Loh
Pandora Colin
Jules Chan
Pía Laborde-Noguez

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