Waiting For The Host
Waiting For The Host is a timely and thought-provoking play specially created to be experienced online, with Pangdemonium boldly embracing the “new normal” by bringing you an exciting and extraordinary piece of virtual theatre in the midst of our enforced digital regime.
2020. The worldwide pandemic has resulted in pandemonium, isolating millions and forcing the shutdown of everything from places of worship, to playgrounds, to plays.
In Singapore, we are cautiously transitioning from “circuit breaker” through Phases 1 and 2 of re-emerging into a grave new world.
Meanwhile, an unorthodox union of unusual suspects congregates online, on Zoom, on a mission…to stage a play!
As our virgin wannabe thespians rehearse in socially distanced cyber safety, things become unsafely anti-social. Dirty laundry is aired, sacred secrets are shared, and the drama unfolds into an unholy comedy of errors of Biblical proportions. Literally.
This play is told in two parts:
Part One – Waiting For The Host, in which our motley menagerie of misfits meets online for the first time to rehearse and perform their Passion Play, with devilishly delirious results…
Part Two – Still Waiting, where, having become a viral cult phenomenon, they decide to go the full monty as a bona fide theatre troupe, creating an original play about the Creation, with a little help from a surprise guest…
A play within a play within a pandemic, this hilarious, poignant, and ultimately inspiring production gives us all a much-needed touch of humanity within this surreality, where human touch has become a virtual unreality.
Will I receive a ticket to watch this play?
The play will be streamed through the SISTIC Live platform. A confirmation email containing your e-ticket will be sent by SISTIC upon making your purchase. Click on the e-ticket to access the video. Please note that the link will only be active on the date you have purchased for.
Will I be able to watch the stream on multiple devices?
The link can only be used on one device at a time.
Are there country restrictions for this stream?
SISTIC Live uses Vimeo to stream videos on their platform. Vimeo is blocked in the following countries because their governments have instituted a ban on the platform: China, North Korea, Indonesia, Cuba, Iran. In addition, Vimeo is prohibited by their State Department in Sudan and Syria.
If I log in after the play’s start time, will I still be able to watch it from the start?
To simulate an actual live theatre experience, the performance will start promptly at 9:00pm every evening or 3:00pm for matinees.
Why is the ticket priced at SGD$45?
From our research, many viewers will likely be watching the play as a pair or in a group. As such, multiple viewers will be enjoying the play at a bargain price.
Are you streaming a pre-recorded performance, or will it be performed live?
Pangdemonium and the actors have rehearsed and filmed the play from their own homes using digital recording devices, all delivered through their own home Wi-Fi connections. With so many different technical factors to account for in each home, it is not feasible to deliver a livestream service that is stable at this time. By pre-recording the performance, we will be able to deliver an optimized production for your enjoyment where the audio/visual quality is not compromised. We will also be editing the footage from the recording to give you a more dynamic experience in online storytelling.
Will I be able to resume the stream from where I left off should there be a need to change my electronic device, log off or pause the stream?
As with any live theatre experience, you will return to watching the performance at whichever scene it is at. Please remember to fully charge your devices before the start of the performance.
Why are you streaming the play at a specific time once a day, rather than allowing on-demand viewing any time?
We want this to be a communal experience for our viewers. Hence, we are virtually re-creating the “ritual” of going to the theatre. Upon entering the SISTIC Live page, there will be a live chatroom available for viewers to chat and “mingle” before the play commences at 9:00pm. In addition, we will also have a limited number of tickets per performance – 350 tickets – just like you would have in a theatre.
Will this performance include captions for the hearing-impaired?
“Pangdemonium’s rendition of Marc Palmieri’s online play is risible, riveting and deeply pertinent to our times, a clever adaption delivered strongly by a solid cast, and one that resonates deeply with the uncertainty and tumult we have felt. Director Tracie Pang navigates this rather novel and alien form of theatre with virtuosity and poise…Even as we wait for this pandemic to tide over, Waiting for the Host is a shining example of theatre’s undying relevance, especially in dark times... a timely reminder that while theatre might need us, perhaps we too, might derive much-needed strength from its raw, emotive power – and more than ever, each other.”
“There is an undeniable poignance to Waiting For The Host as it navigates, with humour, this strange new normal we’ve found ourselves in, encapsulating our fears, the absurdities and most of all, our humanity in a Zoom production. Key to the production is its casting, where all six actors share strong, natural synergy with each other and often come across as larger than life versions of their actual selves, with Tracie’s direction allowing the cast to shine in their roles...But at the heart of Waiting For The Host, there is also a distinct element of care, concern and hope: amidst the uncertainty and pain, we must remember that we are never alone in this, and that we will weather the storm and wait out the new dawn, in the company of others and in the comfort the arts brings.”
Neo Swee Lin
Advisory: Some Mature Language
This performance will include captions for the hearing-impaired.
Watch it on SISTIC Live
15 Oct - 1 Nov
Power To The People
“What incredible work. I'm sort of speechless. Top to bottom, beautiful, funny and moving performances. As for the interpretation of every single beat in the script, pace, emphasis, staging...Tracie, I'm blown away. Thank you. I've seen this done with Broadway actors and Tony-nominees - I've never seen it done this well. Once again, thank you. Incredibly proud and as a way to announce my new favourite country: Singapore.”
“It was fantastic; funny, touching and it was great to see everyone back on the stage, albeit a digital one at this point. It was also a poignant reminder of the things we are also missing during this new normal, and the importance the theatre has in this trying time.
“This was brilliantly done and I must say much more engaging than I thought it would be! Kudos to Pangdemonium on the wonderful show. I was thoroughly drawn in by the performances, all set on zoom, and culminating in a moving conclusion. Thank you for this, Pangdemonium. Please catch this if you haven’t!”
“Thank you for such a comical yet filled with sadness play. I enjoyed Waiting for The Host and was moved by the last scene. Looking forward to see you guys back in theatre someday. Please continue telling stories!”
“I just watched the show and it was amazing!!! I was speechless! I thought it couldn’t, it wouldn’t be like the theatre we know - but it is...you feel all the emotions, you laugh, you cry, you think, you believe, you don’t....just don’t miss this show! Thank you so much Pangdemonium!”
“Profound piece of work...sentiments of what we’re all going through very well conveyed.”
“We loved the show! Totally on point and absolutely resonates with our current collective experience. Big thanks to all for providing some irreverence and thought provoking entertainment during these testing times to theatre fans! Take care and we’ll be ready for the next edition, whichever format is possible. Much love!”
“Thank you sooo much for putting up this play - so creative during these unprecedented times! I thoroughly enjoyed it - entertaining, funny, yet moving. The cast was awesome!”
“Thank you for the amazing show which made me sad and hopeful all at once. It’s odd to be experiencing theatre behind a desk at home, but keep doing all that you are doing Pangdemonium team! Cannot wait to be reunited in the theatre again!”
“I can honestly say that Pangdemonium’s WAITING FOR THE HOST is the best piece of online theatre I have seen this year. They handled the medium so incredibly well. It’s really a great piece that expresses so much of how we’re all feeling throughout this crazy and difficult time. To all involved - you have created something very, very special. Thank you for the wonderful experience.”