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Adelina Ong


Pronouns: she/her
I am an applied theatre researcher and practitioner who works with young people from low-income families in Singapore and London. Many of the young people I work with struggle with depression. I am interested in devising performances with marginalised young people that express their hopes for the future. I also enjoy creating lecture performances as part of my ongoing research into artificial intelligence, youth mental wellbeing, cosplay and urban arts (skateboarding, parkour, graffiti, breakin').


Selected Lecture Performances include:
Performer & Director, ‘Resisting Neoliberal Technologies of Self-repair: Performing Depression, Teaching a Mental Wellbeing Artificial Intelligence About Inequality’, Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA) 2019: Bodies and Performance Working Group, University of Exeter, 1 day, 2019

Performer & Director, ‘Reimagining Mobilities: Anarchic Urbanism and Hope in a Fluid Underworld (江湖)’, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) 2019: Political Performance Working Group in Shanghai, 1 day, 2019

Performer & Co-Director, ‘Bee Hoon Beyond Home: Place-making in a World Elsewhere’, TaPRA 2018: Bodies and Performance Working Group, Aberystwyth University, 1 day, 2018

Performer & Director, ‘Writing Postcards in Lieu of Being Home’, International Drama-in-Education Research Institute (IDIERI) 9: The Tyranny of Distance, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1 day, 2018

Performer & Director, ‘Performing Limpeh’, 2018 Association for Asian Studies conference, Washington DC, 1 day, 2018.

Performer & Director, ‘For It Was Only as the Writing Faded that the Loss of Place was Felt’, TaPRA 2017: Performance, Identity & Community Working Group, Salford University, 1 day, 2017.

Performer & Director, ‘On Absence and Reading into Silence’, Intersections 2017, London, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, 1 day, 2017

Performer & Co-Director, ‘‘I Didn't Get It!’ Wanting To Do Disobedience Properly’ TaPRA 2016: Performance, Identity & Community Working Group, University of Bristol, 1 day, 2016

Performer & Director, ‘Performing Precarity in an Accelerated, Achievement-Oriented Singapore’, Theatre Applied: Hard Times: the performance of poverty and social injustice, Research@Central Processes and Practices series, 1 day, 2016

Performer & Director, W , Design Festa vol. 35, Tokyo, 1 day, 2012.

Selected performances include:
Shadow Artist, SHAME, Roundhouse, 2 days, 2014
Director, Lights Out Wonderland, Gardens by the Bay (Singapore), 3 days, 2012
Director, Home, The Arts House, Singapore (2011) and Home cafe, Singapore, 10 days, 2012
Director, The Prodigies Lab, Little Arts Academy Singapore, 3 days, 2011.
Director, Poems for Andrew, Singapore Press Holdings, 1 day, 2011.
Performer & Director, When The World Was Green, Night & Day (Singapore), 5 days, 2010.
Director, Tollins: An Explosive Tale for Children, The Arts House (Singapore), 3 days, 2010
Director, The Missing Planet, The Arts House (Singapore), 3 days, 2009


10 May 2018 Creative Approaches to Mental Health workshop, Lydford Community Hall, London.

30 April 2017 Movement with Spoken Word workshop with Tom Tsai, Breakin’ Convention, Sadlers Wells, London.

Eternity on a Transient Stage – A Theatre Masterclass by Stan Lai (2012); organized by The Esplanade as part of its Huayi Festival

Creative Writing – Writing Drama, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, September – December 2011




10+ years

What I do

  • Devising
  • Music - Plays Instruments
  • Music - Singing
  • Physical Theatre / Mime
  • Site Responsive/Immersive
  • Street Theatre
  • Teaching / Coaching
  • Verbatim theatre
  • Working with young people
  • Writing

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