The Death of Singapore Theatre as Scripted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore

14 Mar 2024 (Thu) -
30 Mar 2024 (Sat)

$30.00 - $75.00

The Death of Singapore Theatre as Scripted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore

14 Mar 2024 (Thu) - 30 Mar 2024 (Sat)
Theatre
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Date and Time

14 Mar 2024 : 19:30 - 20:45

15 Mar 2024 : 19:30 - 20:45

16 Mar 2024 : 14:30 - 15:45

16 Mar 2024 : 19:30 - 20:45

17 Mar 2024 : 14:30 - 15:45

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Location / Links

Funan,The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ Wild Rice


$30.00 - $75.00

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Event Details

In Singapore, there can be no public performances of a new play without a script first being sent to the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). The script is then read by an IMDA officer who approves it for a performance license and gives it a rating.

This means that, before addressing a public audience, the playwright first addresses the IMDA officer.

But what if this implicit dialogue is made explicit and turned into a performance?

The Death of Singapore Theatre as Scripted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore is a performance-lecture that traces the history of how theatre has been regulated in Singapore from colonial times to today. It is a chronicle of how moral panic, culture wars, bureaucratic language and political elites have shaped the Singaporean censorship landscape.

Written with gut-wrenching insight from first-hand experience by veteran playwright Alfian Sa’at, this darkly hilarious new work reconfigures the faceless moment of encounter between the artist and the censor as a moment of unbearable intimacy.

“You. I know you’re reading this. Who else can it be but you?”

The Death of Singapore Theatre as Scripted By the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore was first performed as part of the Substation's SeptFest arts festival in 2022.

Written by Alfian Sa’at
Directed by Irfan Kasban
Starring Farah Ong

Admission Rule

Rating / Age Limit

- Rating: Advisory 16 (Coarse Language and Some Mature Content).

- Recommended for patrons 16 years old and above.

- Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.

Late Seating Advisory:

- Late admission will only be permitted during a suitable moment in the show, depending on the nature of the performance.

Photography / Video Recording Rules

- No Photography, Video Recording and Audio Recording is permitted for this event.

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