21 Oct '12, 7am

Kuo Pao Kun and the Bukit Brown connection

Kuo Pao Kun and the Bukit Brown connection

September 2012 marks a decade since the passing of Singapore theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun. In thinking of Kuo’s corpus of work, one would naturally relate Bukit Brown with his monologue The Coffin is Too Big for the Hole, first written and performed in 1985. While the play is often read as an allegory of state-citizen ties in this country, where a filial grandson confronts the bureaucracy to bury his grandfather’s oversized coffin, it could very well, in the days of active burials at Bukit Brown, have been real. Imagine this story arc: the burial of a prominent Chinese businessman attended by hundreds of family members, friends, press and associates; a heavy teak coffin borne by an army of pallbearers; plenty of incense, rain and mud. It would have been a complete embarrassment to be stopped by a tedious bureaucrat! Indeed, Bukit Brown was indeed initially unpopular with the ...

Full article: http://yesterday.sg/buildings-and-monuments/kuo-pao-kun-a...

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