3 - 21 August 2011
Drama Centre Theatre & Black Box, Singapore
The Singapore Theatre Festival is a biennial festival committed to the development, production and promotion of contemporary Singaporean theatre. Working in collaboration with local theatre companies and artists, the festival aims to provide a creative, nurturing and optimistic environment where new plays can be developed and presented. The Festival takes place in the month of August, when Singapore celebrates National Day and it is in this context that theatre artists and the public are encouraged to engage in a conversation about theatre, Singapore and the world.
LIFE: On RACE - Can We Handle The Hard Truths?
06 August 2011, 5.30pm
It's been forty-five years since the Pledge was written, and since we declared that we would be one united people. But why is race still such a sensitive topic? Will there always be 'primordial sentiments' and 'tribal allegiances' that are resistant to nation-building? Is racial harmony forged through gestures of appeasement, rather than a genuine understanding among different races? And is the spectre of racial riots still lurking around the corner, under our skin?
ART: COOLING-OFF DAY
LIFE: On POLITICS - A Brave New World?
13 August 2011, 5.30pm
The 2011 General Elections was widely acknowledged to be a watershed in the country's political life. Charged national issues took centrestage, including calls for greater transparency and a multi-party democracy. What had changed? What kinds of thresholds have we crossed? Almost 100 days (98 cooling-off days, to be exact) since the elections, where are we now? Have we forged ahead? Or have we just returned to business as usual?
ART: FAMILY OUTING
LIFE: On MORALITY - The Good, The Bad, And The Referees
20 August 2011, 5.30pm
What are our 'core values'? Who decides what they are? How are they affected by various historical trends, such as Victorian morality in our legal codes, 'Asian Values' as a response to 'Westernisation' and recent movements such as religious revivalism? What is socially acceptable in today's Singapore? Are we still the conservative society the powers seem to suggest? And is globalisation changing the rules of the game?
This Is Home?
12 August 2011 (7pm), 13 August 2011 (2pm) and 14 August 2011 (2pm)
Drama Centre Function Room 2
Calling all Singapore citizens, Permanent Residents and "Foreign Talents"! What does "HOME" mean to you? Do you consider Singapore your Home? What better way to explore an issue than to be involved in a brand new devised performance, performed by you!
After a successful run in 2006 and a momentous General Election in 2011, Drama Box returns with second installment of this workshop, where we hope to delve deeper into the issues of Home, Citizenry and Belonging. Join us in creating piece of theatre that represents your voices and thoughts on this issue. Led by Koh Hui Ling, Artistic Director of NeNemas (education arm of Drama Box), participants will create short plays from personal stories that they have shared. These will culminate into a performance after 3 days of workshops and will be performed in front of a live audience.
Employing the techniques of Forum Theatre, the audience gets to participate in outcome of the play, and the entire community explores and discovers what home means to everyone.