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Thomas Pang holds a diploma from the San Francisco School of the Arts (2008), and is also a former student of the Guthrie Bachelor of Fine Arts Programme in Minnesota. His acting credits at LASALLE include Rhinoceros in Love directed by Natalie Hennedige, Seven Doors directed by Stefanos Rassios, and Romeo and Juliet directed by Adam Marple. Thomas has also performed internationally in Imports: A Double Bill at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, at the Asia Pacific Bureau Theatre Schools Festival and Conference 2013, and in the world premiere of Philip Gotanda’s #5 Angry Red Drum in San Francisco. After graduation, he will be acting in the role of Billy in Nina Raine’s Tribes with Pangdemonium, followed by a role in CAKE Theatre’s production for Singapore International Festival of the Arts 2015. Thomas seeks to develop his craft further, both in Singapore and abroad.
In the Next Room takes a look at gender roles and gender expectations in the 1900s and examines physical and emotional repressions during a time when much was left unsaid. Women conformed to the roles set up for them, particularly in the upper classes. Men controlled women’s bodies, their lives, and their intimate sensations. To women, sex was not something to be enjoyed but rather, an act performed on them for their husbands. Women’s inner conflict occurred therefore when there was no control or understanding of their sexuality.
Through the unfolding development of Dr and Mrs Giving’s relationship, In the Next Room presents itself as more than just a comedy about noisy vibrators, orgasms, and curious housewives. It takes a look at what it means to love, to couple physical intimacy with emotions. It is about the nature of longing, self-discovery, and female liberation. It is about looking for comfort not in machines and substitutes but in human contact and compassion. It is a reminder that love is found when head and heart meet, and that achieves the greatest pleasure of all.