But what is a good girl anyway? Does she have to know her prayers by heart? Can she ever let go, and get her freak on? Thick Beats for Good Girls is the electrifying collaboration between performance-poet Pooja Nansi and playwright Jessica Bellamy, who have a ton of questions about the balancing act that is being a woman, an ethnic or religious minority and—God forbid—a hip-hop enthusiast.
This is the coming-of-age anthem Singapore hasn’t heard yet—mainly because it wouldn’t make it onto national radio. This is love and finding a sense of belonging while rapping along to lyrics your mom wouldn’t approve of, the rush of walking into a club and feeling the bass in your bones. This is learning to stand in your own light. This is asking the question: Do good girls ever get to call the shots?
Directed and dramaturged by Huzir Sulaiman, Thick Beats combines the distinctive, bold voices of Pooja and Jessica as they ignite the stage with original poems, rhymes and musings on life. At once thoughtful and joyful, claiming and reclaiming, Thick Beats for Good Girls delves into the intersections between race, culture, femininity and hip-hop while embracing the contradictions that lie at the crossroads.
- Set and Lighting Designer
Petrina Dawn Tan
- Sound Designer
- Assistant Directors
Anthea Julia Chua
Numhom Jirasiri Techalapanarasme
- Production Stage Manager
Pooja and Jessica share a chemistry on stage that's electric and joyous to watch... Brilliant writing that seamlessly weaves all the different storytelling elements into one complex, layered and cohesive masterpiece.The Everyday People (Singapore)
A love letter to the soundtrack of the writers' youth — and what a soundtrack it is. [...] These are voices that still need to be heard.The Straits Times (Singapore)
Rousing in their cry for independent voice and rousing in its anger... you can be sure that we'll all be dancing to the same thick beats.Bakchormeeboy (Singapore)
Nansi and Bellamy killed it... there's a sharing of learned wisdom all through the night.Popspoken (Singapore)