Boom by Jean Tay

(aside) presents Boom by Jean Tay

"Boom brings home very strongly for me that progress is not sentimental. No matter how wonderful and poignant we think the past is, it has to go and we are helpless against it." - Jean Tay

Yale-NUS College Black Box Theatre
3 November 8pm
4 November 2pm
4 November 8pm

Tickets are $2 each, to be reserved on Peatix. Payment is to be made in person in the Yale-NUS Dining Halls at specified timings (TBD), or in person at the door starting from 1hr before show.

Reservations will be held up to half an hour before the selected show, before being open to walk-in sales.


Welcome to the surreal world of Boom, where civil servants wake the dead, corpses are terrified of cremation, old women are besieged in their homes, and Ah Bengs still dream of being Superman. Boom tells the story of an elderly woman and her property agent son in Singapore, who are struggling over the potential en bloc sale of their home. Their destinies become interwoven with that of an idealistic civil servant, Jeremiah, who is facing the greatest challenge of his career—persuading a reluctant corpse to yield its memories. Boom is a quirky yet poignant tale about the relocation of both dead and living, and how personal stories get left behind in the inexorable march of progress.

Written by economist-turned-playwright Jean Tay, Boom was conceptualised at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2007, and developed and staged by the Singapore Repertory Theatre in September 2008. It was nominated for Best Original Script for The Straits Times’ Life!Theatre Awards in 2009 and is now an ‘O’- and ‘N’-Level Literature text in Singapore schools.


(aside) - Yale-NUS Repertory Theatre Company was founded in 2015 and has since put up four productions, ranging from musicals to local plays.
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Nov 3 - Nov 4, 2017
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Yale-NUS College Black Box Theatre
3 November (Friday) 8pm FULL
4 November (Saturday) 2pm FULL
4 November (Saturday) 8pm FULL
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16 College Ave West #01-201 Singapore
The Black Box is located next to the Performance Hall, where the Amphitheatre is