25 Jun '14, 1pm

What the local theatre scene taught us about Singapore

What the local theatre scene taught us about Singapore

Every few months or so, there always seems to be a local play that’s set in some ‘fictional’ dystopian state. It may or may not name names, but it’s always pretty obvious what they’re referring to. It’s not too hard to guess, for example, what the city of ‘SingaCorp’ in the Singapore Lyric Opera’s 2013 production of Pursuant is inspired by. In that fictional – and unsubtle – god-forsaken city, dreaming is illegal; to hammer the point in, the play also features scenes of a bunch of kids doing the Nazi salute, until the group of them, led by a character called the ‘Sticker Lady’, decide to do something about it, and march on to confront the state’s ruler, the ‘Old Man’. Likewise, Michelle Tan’s recent Stand Behind the Yellow Line , presented as part of the Singapore Repertory Theatre’s (SRT) Made in Singapore series, takes place under multiple screens of the ‘Mayor Man’ and ...

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