Theatre, Visual Arts, Zabbalang

First Storeys

Organised by: The Future of Our Past Festival
  • Date:
    1 - 10 Mar 2019
  • Time:
    1 Mar | 7:30pm (Preview)
    2 Mar | 7:30pm (Gala)
    3 Mar | 3pm & 7:30pm
    6 Mar | 7:30pm
    7 Mar | 7:30pm
    8 Mar | 7:30pm
    9 Mar | 7:30pm
    10 Mar | 3:00pm & 7:30pm
  • Duration:
    1h 30min
  • Venue:
    300 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee
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  • Language:
    Performed in English, Malay, Mandarin, and Hokkien, with no surtitles
  • Admission:
    Tickets at $15 for performance.
    Visual Arts Exhibition is free during none performance timings
  • Advisory:
    Not for toddlers and those with walking disabilities, venue not wheelchair accessible


First Storeys interrogates the "kampung to metropolis" narrative, focusing on the period of large scale resettlement in Singapore from the 1950s to the 1990s. Through a speculative theatrical installation, the piece will surface lesser known stories surrounding the process of resettlement.

Step into the former Bukit Ho Swee Community Center and join our officers, as we weave stories, artefacts, and performance to figure out what exactly happened between 'kampung' and 'metropolis'.


You are invited to participate in the resettlement exercise, part of the Singapore Housing Improvement Trust's plans to rehouse all residents.

Meet with our Resettlement Officers to discuss your compensation benefits.
Trace the story of two ladies forced to live with each another.
Watch an unlikely friendship unfold between a resident and an officer.

Inspired by true events that happened between the 1950s and 1990s, join us at the site of the Bukit Ho Swee fire, to question and uncover our housing history and narrative.