Available On Demand from 30 July (Thursday) to 10 August (Monday), 11.59pm

WILD@Home On Demand – Merdeka / 獨立 / சுதந்திரம்

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

We’re bringing the best of Singapore theatre to you during the pandemic! From 30 July (Thursday) until 10 August (Monday), 11.59pm SGT, WILD RICE is proud to present MERDEKA / 獨立 / சுதந்திரம், – Alfian Sa’at and Neo Hai Bin’s bold, thought-provoking exploration of Singapore’s forgotten history.

Going live on Vimeo from 30 July! Join us for a live talkback (more info here) on 6 Aug at 9pm!

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 Advisory: 16 (Some Mature Content)

This production was recorded live at The Ngee Ann Kongsi on 10 October 2019.


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Reviews

“WILD RICE’s provocative ambush of a play [shows] why our history is so much richer and more complex than we thought.” – The Business Times

“… a necessary confrontation with our colonial hangover… the script is the star of this entire production. The effort put into crafting this written piece of work is a public service, and an education we all need as citizens to truly call this island country our home. ”- Popspoken

“In equal parts inventive, revelatory and entertaining, Merdeka is a stunning, enthralling addition to Alfian Sa’at’s body of work. ” – The Flying Inkpot

Cast

Chong Woon Yong
Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai
Brendon Fernandez
Ghafir Akbar
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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2019 Merdeka Sponsors & Partners

Archangel: AL Wealth Partners Pte Ltd
Corporate Sponsor: Frasers Hospitality & CAPRI
Official Card Partner: AMEX & CapitaCard
Official Make Up: M.A.C.
Official Printer: Allegro
Official Privilege Card: PAssion Card
With Support From: SAFRA

WILD RICE’s 2020 Season Sponsors & Partners

Archangel: AL Wealth Partners Pte Ltd
Corporate Sponsor: Frasers Hospitality
Official Card Partner: American Express & American Express CapitaCard
Official Make Up: M.A.C.
Official Caterer: Three Embers
Official Printer: Allegro
Official Wine: Wine Concierge
Special Thanks: WILD RICE Angels

WILD RICE Ltd is supported by Singapore’s National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2022.

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