Since its beginnings, the historical Jalan Besar neighbourhood has defied the clean and modern image that Singapore is renowned for. From its working-class roots to its migrant-rich communities, it has long been home to those that didn’t quite fit in. It was also home to the city’s first public entertainment space and its back alleys and shophouses are today the site of Oh! Open House’s newest audio and art experience—New World’s End.
Crafted and created by some of Singapore’s best in film, music, theatre and the visual arts, and curated by Oh! Open House—the independent arts organisation showcasing Singapore’s stories in unconventional ways—New World’s End turns back time and brings to life historical events in a compelling 60-minute walking tour-slash-theatrical journey.
Join lovebirds Kiran and Rosa as they embark on a life-changing journey now. Or, find out more about one of Singapore’s top multi-sensorial theatrical experiences below.
New World’s End is an immersive narrative journey told through headphones. It details the evolution of Jalan Besar through the fictitious lives of Kiran and Rosa, two individuals who meet and fall in love amidst the sights and sounds of the New World Amusement Park.
Their story and that of Singapore’s hip neighbourhood is told at night when its underbelly comes to life and shop lights illuminate back alleys. Audiences will walk the streets and into theatrical sets that envelop them in intimate atmospheres.
From the cabaret to boxing matches, film screenings and the apartment lost in time, New World’s End will surround you with art, culture and history to showcase Jalan Besar in surprising ways.
The audio-immersive journey through Jalan Besar via headphones takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Sessions start at 5:30pm, as well as Fever exclusive times later in the evening at 9:30pm and 10:00pm.
You will be on your own throughout the experience, except for the other people on the street going about their own lives and the few staff facilitating the theatrical sets.
There’s no other cultural or historical walking tour in Singapore quite like New World’s End, which resurrects the glitz and glamour of the 60s for an immersive theatrical experience.
OH! Open House tells stories through art. Since 2009, they have worked with artists to turn homes and little-used public spaces into pop-up museums and galleries. Not only do they provide alternatives to the traditional, but they also provide opportunities for artists to create site-specific work and challenge audiences to engage critically with the spaces they inhabit.
The New World’s End audio-guided art experience raises the bar of what to expect thanks to the brilliant work of writer/director Kaylene Tan, set designer Alan Oei, filmmaker Brian Gothong Tan and dramaturg Janice Koh, as well as performers and artists Moira Loh, Lim Kay Siu, Salif Hardie and NADA.
Although OH! Open House have many art experiences and art walks in Singapore, New World’s End is its first permanent exhibition. Celebrate the milestone as many times as you like.