Gateway Theatre Turns One


In July, Gateway Theatre marked its first anniversary, celebrating a year of arts and culture. Since our Opening Festival last year, we’ve partnered with arts groups, hosted recitals, concerts, and performances of all sizes, and launched our own children’s programme, the weekly Gateway Kids Club.  

To celebrate a successful year, we held an extra-special edition of Gateway Kids Club. In place of the usual storytelling session, we had a full show in the Black Box which began with the amazing Jon Danger, who was an instant hit with the crowd with his juggling and magic, topping it off with his hilariously incredible balloon act. Big or small, every audience member was kept in stitches. 

Amy Cheng followed the first act with her captivating telling of the Japanese folktale “The Spineless Jellyfish and Cunning Monkey,” beautifully adapted by acclaimed director Samantha Scott-Blackhall. Amy demonstrated her prowess as a performer, easily commanding the attention of the 250-strong audience that surrounded her, and bringing the story to life with great energy and movement, accompanied with songs, sound effects and hand props to aid her storytelling. 

The last segment of the show featured diploma in performing arts students from LASALLE, enacting the story with giant lantern puppets. Performed to atmospheric music and bathed in beautiful, soft lighting, the piece had an ethereal, otherworldly quality, giving the audience a feeling of being drawn into the ocean world of the jellyfish and other sea creatures. Directed by Bright Ong, the piece enthralled the audience, from whom sighs of delight and amazement could be heard throughout the performance.

In the Sky Garden, kids could play games at the Carnival, or get their faces painted. Jon Danger was also in the Sky Garden, doing tricks and teaching willing volunteers a thing or two about juggling. A mermaid also graced the occasion, showing up in the pool to cheers of glee from adults and children alike.  

In all, over 500 people joined in the celebrations, marking a triumphal end to a successful first year and the start of a promising second. The coming year will see many more events held at Gateway Theatre and partnerships with artists and arts groups. For one, the Artist-in-Residence programme, launched toward the end of the first year, will see its first batch of artists developing their work over the course of the year, and finally presenting it in 2019. Here’s to another year of developing, nurturing, supporting and showcasing great local works!