LASALLE College of the Arts
With elections around the corner, a political party is planning to field candidates in a five-member Group Representation Constituency. On the shortlist are a Minister, a Brigadier-General, a high-flying lawyer and a grassroots organiser.
But the team is not complete without a minority candidate. This candidate has to be likeable. He or she has to be a respected member of the community. Most importantly, he or she has to be… Chinese.
GRC examines what it means to be part of a minority in a topsy-turvy farcical world where the disempowered now rule, and the invisible have their faces plastered everywhere – but only during campaign season.
Who defines whether someone is a member of a minority? Who sets the standards for a ‘model minority’ and a ‘problem minority’? And is the country ready for a minority Prime Minister?
Performed in English and Malay, with English surtitles.
GRC (Geng Rebut Cabinet) was presented by Teater Ekamatra as part of the Singapore Theatre Festival 2016.
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Written by Alfian Sa'at
Directed by Mohd Fared Jainal
Lighting Designer Irfan Kasban
Sound Designer Tini Aliman
Composer/Arranger Syed Ahmad
Video Designer Eric Lee
Production Manager Merissa Tang
Stage Manager Khairina Khalid
Producer Shaza Ishak
“The jokes in the hilarious script are spot-on and witty enough to rival anything on The Daily Show and the cast of five – with Samsudin’s comic flair and timing making him a standout – does a great job of tickling the crowd endlessly; as Sa'at makes one nudge-nudge-wink-wink reference after another... But GRC is also more than just a laugh-out-loud political farce as Sa’at forces the audience to think about the complex nature of race dynamics by turning the status quo inside out. It’s rare we see a sacred cow being slaughtered this openly and honestly.”The Straits Times
“GRC is far more than a comedy about race. The fact is, it’s also a tragedy about politics… Though we start off all light-hearted and chuckling, by the end, a cloud of despair has descended upon us.”The Online Citizen
“Alfian Sa’at has written a triumphant piece that cleverly subverts our expectations and offers the (primarily Chinese) audience a glimpse through another’s eyes. The script is witty and fast-paced, and takes potshots at our state of affairs with a knowing wink (or maybe a giant slap in the face), touching on everything from education to military opportunities. It’s a keenly observant script that leaves just about no policy uncriticised, and the topsy-turvy world works to win our empathy.”Bakchormee Boy
“...the cast should be lauded for their robust performances. The comical moments are buoyant and entertaining as the actors pick up on each other’s cues quickly, while the tense moments are played with emotional truth...”Isaac Tan
“Fuelled by the script’s punchlines and steady wit, GRC delves into the intricacies of politicking during elections… GRC turns the world upside down, and in doing so, shows us what is possible.”TODAY Online