Joel Tan, a writer who splits his time between Singapore and the UK, offers a unique perspective in this ambitious play which spans 320 years in the lives of the citizens of an unnamed country where a dictator comes to power. We are all buffeted by history and shifts in power and politics, but the voices and experiences of ordinary people often get lost. Tan brings them to the fore and gives a sense of ebb and flow, power and politics and constant revolution and change in a play from a writer who may be making his UK debut but who is already under commission with Headlong and the Almeida.
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.