From 10 October - 2 November 2019

Merdeka / 獨立 / சுதந்திரம்

Written By Alfian Sa'at & Neo Hai Bin
Directed By Glen Goei & Jo Kukathas

As the Singapore Bicentennial is celebrated, six young people form a group called Raffles Must Fall to examine our country’s colonial legacy. During their gatherings, they pore over forgotten texts and artefacts, re-enacting scenes from the past to better understand the nightmare of subjugation… and the dream of self-determination.

Drawing upon a wealth of historical documentation, including speeches, newspaper articles, petitions and songs, “Merdeka / 獨立 /சுதந்திரம்” confronts us with questions about our colonial past and how it still echoes through our present and into our future.

Why celebrate the beginning of colonialism rather than its end? Has Singapore gained independence without truly undergoing a process of decolonisation? And if Raffles must fall, what will he take down with him?

Written by the award-winning Alfian Sa’at in collaboration with up-and-coming playwright Neo Hai Bin, this provocative and moving new play examines how our history and humanity have been shaped – and shattered – by the forces of colonialism.

IMDA Rating: Advisory 16 (Some Mature Content)


Brendon Fernandez
Chong Woon Yong
Ghafir Akbar
Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai
Umi Kalthum Ismail
Zee Wong

Creative Team

Playwright Alfian Sa’at & Neo Hai Bin
Director Glen Goei & Jo Kukathas
Set Designer Wong Chee Wai
Lighting Designer James Tan
Sound Designer Paul Searles
Multi-media Designer Brian Gothong Tan
Costume DesignerLeonard Augustine Choo
Music Instructor Riduan Zalani
Vocal Coach Elaine Chan
Malay Dance Choreographer Nizar Fauzi
Javanese Movement Instructor Muhammad Asri (Ari)

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