Off Centre was first staged by The Necessary Stage in 1993, under the direction of Alvin Tan. Despite some controversy over funding and censorship, the play was eventually performed to public and critical acclaim.
Over the past 13 years, Off Centre has been made into an experimental feature film, published as part of a one-play series, adapted into a television movie, given a full reading in the UK, taught at a University in Kuala Lumpur and translated and staged as Otak Tak Centre in Kuala Lumpur. As one of The Necessary Stage’s landmark works, Off Centre is part of the Singaporean canon of literary works, and now and “O” and “N” level Literature text. Off Centre is also the first ever Singapore text to be offered at “O” levels.
The creation of Off Centre owes much to a methodology and process that allowed a group of dedicated and passionate artists to research into matters beyond their life experiences, to build a body of emotional and psychological knowledge to draw from, and sufficient time to nurture the maturity of character, relationships and themes.