Founded in 1987 by its artistic director Ekachai Uekrongtham, ACTION Theatre now operates from its new home at 42 Waterloo Street, a recently restored pre-war bungalow which houses an intimate studio theatre, outdoor performance stages, classrooms, a book & CD shop and a Thai restaurant. A greenhouse for the future of Singapore theatre, 42 Waterloo Street is where ACTION Theatre presents an on-going season of new works and new talents in addition to its main season of plays and musicals at major theatres around Singapore.
To help discover and nurture new talents, ACTION Theatre regularly organizes theatre classes and playwriting competitions. It also periodically presents local productions of important international works as part of its repertoire.
Its past productions include thought-provoking plays about singlehood (Confessions Of Three Unmarried Women), loneliness (Six Lonely Oysters), obsession with property ownership (Block Sale), racial identities (How Do You Know You’re Chinese?) and internet match-making (Mail Order Brides & Other Oriental Take-Aways - the first Singapore play to be staged in New York).
Also acclaimed for its popular musicals, ACTION Theatre has had a string of notable successes such as Chang & Eng - The Musical (Singapore’s longest running homegrown musical and the first English-language musical to be staged in China), Corporate Animals (Best Musical 1995) and Ka-Ra-you-Ok? (Best Musical 1998).