9 - 13 August 2006
Drama Centre Black Box, Singapore
Remember a time when Singapore was forever Malaya?
How about when it was forever Temasek?
In a provocative double-bill about the origins and orang of our proud Republic we reach back into history both ancient and recent and ask: how good is your National Language - and who was it you say founded this place?
Part One: National Language Class takes as its starting point an iconic 1959 painting of Chinese students learning Malay. As a language lesson unfolds, power is used and abused in humorous, inventively and, finally, explosively – while the identities of both performers and audience members unravel and remake themselves in ways that are novel, challenging and fun.
Part Two: Utama: Every Name in History is I - the class has swapped night school for university. Presenting a lecture-demonstration that slowly undermines its own authority, Ho Tzu Nyen tells the gripping and bizarre tale of discovery and disappointment, Merlions and mangroves, princes and paintings, that lies at the hidden heart of a place very much like the one you live in today.
National Language Class / Utama is National Education like you've never had it before. The only question is: which nation - and whose?
Presented by spell#7 in collaboration with W!LD RICE.
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Playwrights (National Language Class) Noor Effendy Ibrahim, Paul Rae & Yeo Yann Yann
Playwright (Utama: Every Name in History is I) Ho Tzu Nyen
Director (National Language Class) Paul Rae
Lighting Designer Adrian Tan
Production Manager BB Koh
Stage Manager Yap Seok Hui
Producer Tony Trickett
Noor Effendy Ibrahim (National Language Class)
Yeo Yann Yann (National Language Class)
Ho Tzu Nyen (Utama: Every Name in History is I)