ABOUT US

The Company

ODDCROP is an ensemble-based theatre company from Singapore, founded in 2019. Lead by award-winning theatre practitioner Oliver Chong, ODDCROP’s bedrock is the creative energy of collaboration.

Based on the tenet that collaboration – a group of artists working to create together – can have a significant impact on contemporary theatre-making and society, the ensemble on-stage and the ensemble off-stage is the cornerstone of all ODDCROP’s actions.

Using artist-driven research to investigate training methodologies, movement disciplines and ensemble dynamics, ODDCROP seeks to create an artistic language that is visually rich, distinct and sublime. ODDCROP values the creation of new work, training of theatre artists, and commitment to international collaboration.

CONTACT US  for enquiries on collaborations, or join our mailing list for updates on new works and masterclass openings.

Oliver Chong

 

The most recent winner of Best Actor at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2020 for A Fiend’s Diary, Oliver Chong is a multi-award-winning and published playwright, director, actor and designer. Some of his memorable works include A Fiend’s Diary, Roots, I’m Just A Piano Teacher, Cat, Lost & Found, The Book of Living and Dying, Citizen Pig and Citizen Dog. His numerous nominations at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards include Production of the Year and Best Director for I’m Just a Piano Teacher, Production of the Year for Off Centre, Best Director and Best Script for Citizen Pig, Best Actor for Roots,Invisibility/Breathing and Art, Best Supporting Actor for Itsy, the musical, Flare, Best Ensemble for Senang, Shit Hole, First Family, Rashomon, and A Cage Goes in Search of a Bird respectively, and Best Set Design for Twisted, Citizen Dog and A Fiend’s Diary.

In 2011, he won Production of the Year for A Cage Goes in Search of a Bird with A Group of People. In 2013, he won Production of the Year and Best Script for Roots. The production has since toured Hong Kong and Taiwan to critical acclaim. Roots was also read and staged in New Zealand by Proudly Asian Theatre. In 2016, he was invited to perform in a site-specific, 108-hour durational one-man show Time Between Us at the Singapore International Festival of Arts. In 2017, he was selected to perform in the international premiere of Blood and Rose Ensemble in Taipei, directed by Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group’s Director Wang Chia Ming, a co-commission by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Taiwan National Performing Arts Centre Innovation Series Theater Festival.

To date, Oliver has performed at international arts festivals with touring productions in Paris, Myanmar, Barcelona, Budapest, Ankara, Bangkok, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. He has conducted playwriting, directing and acting Masterclasses in Hong Kong and Singapore, and has been committed to helping practitioners fine-tune their crafts since 2014. Oliver is trained in the Stanislavsky method, Biomechanics, Alexander Technique, Commedia dell’arte, Theatre of the Oppressed, Forum Theatre, The Suzuki Method, Viewpoints, Mask Work, Puppetry and Tai Chi.

Oliver was the Resident Director of THE FINGER PLAYERS (2004 – 2018), currently the core member of the company and also the founding member of A GROUP OF PEOPLE (2008 – 2012). He is the founder and Artistic Director of ODDCROP Productions (2019 – present). His published works include Roots, The Book of Living and DyingI’m Just A Piano Teacher and Cat, Lost & Found, all available for loan now at National Library Board Singapore.

Awards

The Straits Times Life! Theatre Award Winners

The Straits Times Life! Theatre Award Nominations

  • Best Production of the Year 2016  (Off Centre)
  • Best Production of the Year 2007  (I’m Just a Piano Teacher)
  • Best Production of the Year 2006  (Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea)
  • Readers’ Choice Award for Production of the Year 2013 (Roots)
  • Best Director 2014 (Citizen Pig)
  • Best Director 2007 (I’m Just a Piano Teacher)
  • Best Original Script 2014 (Citizen Pig)
  • Best Actor 2015 (Art)
  • Best Actor 2013 (Roots)
  • Best Actor 2011 (Invisibility/Breathing)
  • Best Supporting Actor 2017 (Itsy)
  • Best Supporting Actor 2009 (Flare)
  • Best Ensemble 2015 (Senang)
  • Best Ensemble 2011 (A Cage Goes in Search of a Bird)
  • Best Ensemble 2010 (Rashomon)
  • Best Ensemble 2007 (First Family)
  • Best Ensemble 2005 (Shit Hole)
  • Best Set Design 2020 (A Fiend’s Diary)
  • Best Set Design 2006 (Twisted)
  • Best Multimedia Design 2008 (Wong Kar Wai Dreams)

65th BFI London Film Festival 2021

Canberra Film Festival 2020

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2015