17 February – 5 March 2017
Esplanade Theatre

Tue – Fri: 8pm
Sat & Sun: 3pm & 8pm

Preview (17 – 19 Feb 2017):
Standard: S$100, S$80, S$55, S$35

Standard (Tue – Thu, Sat Matinee & Sun):
Standard: S$150, S$120, S$80, S$50

Weekend (Fri & Sat Night):
Standard: S$160, S$130, S$90, S$60

To purchase any Dream (VIP) Seats, please email
or call +65 9776 7493 for more information.


A brand new musical comedy written by Selena Tan,  about BAD girls who do GOOD.

Amanda Chin is a straight ‘A’s student, teacher’s pet, and loved by all. One day, she gets herself sent to detention, and has never been happier. She is intent on showing us that good girls are not all good, and that bad girls can do good. Amanda’s mother, Linda, (Serene Chen, Public Enemy) who seems very secretive these days, sparks off this intrigue.

The girls are led by Valerie Choo, Kimberly Chan, Melissa Gan, Natalie Yeap, Sharon Sum, Alyssa Lie, Munah Bagharib, and iNCH Chua.

All this while, the girls are surrounded by a hotchpotch of teachers: The Discipline Mistress of Pain (Neo Swee Lin, Phua Chu Kang’s Ah Ma), a hotshot know-it-all Principal (Darius Tan, Monkey Goes West), the School Counsellor in need of counselling (Sebastian Tan a.k.a Broadway Beng®) and the worldly-wise Malay & PE teacher (Suhaimi Yusof, The Noose).

Lyrics for Detention Katong were written by Selena Tan (Dim Sum Dollies & Sing Dollar), with a team of music composers headed by Elaine Chan (Dim Sum Dollies, Monkey Goes West & Sing Dollar), Sarah Cheng-De Winne (Brand New), Dave Tan (Electrico) and Benjamin Kheng (The Sam Willows).

As sure as the sun rises in the East, Katong is the hippest spot to be spotted in your teenage years. However, these years are also one of the most challenging in life. You go from Dimples to Pimples, Ponytails to Telling Tales, all while trying to be cool, or just pretending to follow the rules.

Come and celebrate a local rite of passage with tears, and with laughter.  Whether you are a teenager, a parent of a teenager, have ever wanted to strangle a teenager, or ever been a teenager… Go to SISTIC now and get your tickets. Don’t be Detained, be Entertained!

This programme is eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant subsidy.

Detention Katong (2017):


“…replete with clever ideas…”
– The Straits Times Life!

“…the stellar cast and their exceptional execution… drew praise from the audience…” 
– Detention Katong: A musical take on bad girls who can do good, The Online Citizen

“…consistently delivered the LOLs, and hit all the right notes with the audience.” 
– 4 Reasons To Catch Dream Academy’s Detention Katong, GoAwaySG

“…the synchrony was a testament to the dynamic chemistry on stage.”
-City Nomads

“…successfully brings us all back to those days when recess was our Superbowl halftime show.”
-Detention Katong: The Fault In Our Phones, PopSpoken

“Selena took a risk… but in doing so, she managed to discover and show off some real talent in Singapore.”
Bak Chor Mee Boy

“That’s probably the most valuable aspect of the comedy — the safe but edgy fun serves as a gateway into more serious and more politically charged theatre productions”
– Detention Katong: The Fault In Our Phones, Yahoo Online

“…adept at pulling off the oft-mentioned triple threat skills required of a musical theatre performer: singing, dancing and acting.”
– Centre 42

“A laugh-until-you-cry experience with throwback memories to the nostalgia of school life.”
– Artistes Gather For Detention, The Hive

“A humorous and enjoyable musical recommended for… families who wish to explore the difficult topics of teenagehood with their children through reflections amidst uncontrollable fits of laughter.”
– Detention Katong: A musical to reflect and laugh off growing pains in school, The Online Citizen


Students, teachers in spotlight as Singapore theatre goes back to school, Channel News Asia

The S’pore Musical Boom, The Business Times

Evening Drive Time, 88.3 Jia FM

Power Up!, Power 98

Chicago, Detention Katong, and more, The Straits Times Life!

Detention Katong, TimeOut Singapore

Detention Katong, Ed Unloaded

*Scape Weekend List, *Scape

Creative Conversation, Lush 99.5

#TheWeekendList, Weekender