Offending the Audience (2022)

Date of show: 10-13 November 2022

Time: Thu, Fri, Sat 8pm, Sat & Sun 3pm

Venue: NAFA Studio Theatre (151 Bencoolen Street,Singapore, 189656)

Ticket Price: $18

“Not your usual theatre play.”

Directed by Ang Gey Pin 

Performed by NAFA Diploma in Theatre (English) Year 3 students

There is no plot, no storyline to be told. The actors do not have a specific character to play. As expected in most theatre pieces, there is no fictional time to watch, no narrative to follow.

Austrian novelist Peter Handke’s Offending the Audience challenges audiences to abandon every expectation upon entering the theatre. Here, actors gaze into audiences’ eyes, addressing them as fellow human beings, playfully questioning the very nature of theatre, examining and ‘diagnosing the pulse’ of the medium itself.

Might these actions offend the audience? What offences are committed in space and time designated specifically for theatre?

Veteran Theatre Director Ang Gey Pin leads a group of students who have been studying theatre to question what they have learnt. In this collaboration with NAFA’s Diploma in Theatre Programme, will Emergency Stairs’ upcoming rendition of Offending the Audience subvert conventional notions of theatre, again?

Duration: Approximately 75 minutes, no intermission


Original text by: Peter Handke (with partial texts devised by the actors)

Director: Ang Gey Pin

Assistant Director: Ranice Tay

Curator / Producer: Liu Xiaoyi

Project Coordinator: Cheryl Charli

Production Manager: Celestine Wong

Stage Manager: Gillian Ong

Props and Costume Coordinator: Ang Hui Bin

Vocal Coach: Gavin Leahy

Lighting Designer: David Li

Graphic Designer: Huang Suhuai



Amnani Binte Osman, Anoushka Rachel Sam, Cidrick Kyle Lim Loh, Han Xin-Le Pearl, Justin Wong Jun Hao, Lange Matthew Martin, Lea-Arin Ong, Locharna Puravalan, Lum Jing Hao, Muhamad Jazlan Bin Mohamad Kamal, Nasha Iwara Binte Hamzah, Riky, Suzairhie Bin Muhammad Juraimi, Sean Loo Kok Wei, Shannon Kreissl, Shashirekha d/o Mogan, Tesiree Ling En