Off Centre

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This edition of the book is no longer in print. Ethos Books does not sell the GCE 'O' level text version of Off Centre. For purchases of the schools/academic version of the book, please contact The Neccessary Stage directly. 

Off Centre is The Necessary Stage’s landmark play in the history of Singapore Theatre. It is best remembered for bringing mental illness and its patients’ plight to the attention of the media and the public.

The play uses effective techniques of flashbacks; moving the characters in and out of their schizophrenic and normal selves to elicit the rational and emotional experiences of two schizophrenics, Vinod and Saloma.

Off Centre was first staged in September 1993 at The Drama Centre.




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"Off Centre marks a new maturity in Singapore theatre, addressing an audience prepared to be challenged. Though at moments, the taut dramatic line sags and the dialogue veers towards tedium, the gravity of the subject gives one endurance." -Hannah Pandian, The Straits Times

"What is remarkable about Off Centre is its ability to not only connect, but move the audience through something as alienating as mental illness." -Amos Toh, The Flying Inkpot

"I really liked this play and its themes of people who are different, struggling, and marginalized by a society that thinks of them as "off-centre". Perhaps one of the reasons why I could relate to this is because of its local setting. Certain issues did cut through me like a knife; particularly how I think of people who behave differently from me. We think the only people who are people, are the people who think and act just like us. Though I may not act like it, I see and observe my mind doing these things, and it makes me ashamed. Am glad to have read this." - Shu Yi Lee, on Goodreads


Haresh Sharma