Creative Work Database
Listing of creative work related to Singapore.
Our new Creative Work database is a repository for literary and dramatic works related to Singapore which are written by FASS Faculty and Students, past and present. The contents of this work-in-progress call on the theories and techniques taught and researched at FASS. Some of the creative work links to a sample of the original text. Research is also ongoing and the database will grow as we continue to update it. Items with the symbol “i” indicate that an abstract is available.
To search more effectively, please use the MLA or APA citation style which uses the author’s last name and initials.
361.Jia Lat Lah: An Antiplay, Glass Lyre Press and Squircle Line Press, 2017i<x Authored by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Jia Lat Lah is framed as an antiplay, defying typical conventions expected of a dramatic production — the antiplay is written up through a series of poems, jokes and test questions. A work in the tradition of the Theatre of the Absurd, Jia Lat Lah takes a leaf from practitioners of the form, including Ionesco, Camus and Sartre, while invoking a distinctly indigeneous tone given the use of Singapore colloqualisms. With all its poem titles strung up as a litany of quatrains – an ode to the one-act play structure of Beckett’s Endgame – the illusion of the transparent lyric becomes apparent through the aporia, the Derridean understanding of eternal linguistic flux and indecision. With its 2017 publication, this collection commemorates the 60th anniversary of the writing and first staging of Beckett’s Endgame, or Fin de partie in French. In his praise of this book, Michael Chiang has this to say: “One of the oddest reads you’ll ever encounter. Like Alice in Singa-land, expect to bump your head and bruise your innocent soul as Jia Lat Lah’s curious and curiouser characters get mad and madder in a strangely hypnotic narrative. At once knowing and naughty, Desmond Kon’s antiplay about identity, language and culture clearly revels in defying literary convention. Play, prose and poetry mix and tumble with a heady dose of Singlish and Beckett, proving that there are no boundaries to the author’s wit and imagination.”Languages: EnglishDepartments: Communications and New Media, SociologyCategories: Poetry
362.The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, 2014i<x TALAQ (First self-published in 1999) Talaq came under the media spotlight in 2000, when the Public Entertainment Licensing Unit (PELU) in Singapore denied it a performance license for its English and Malay performances on grounds that they would offend religious sensibilities. The play had originally been staged in Tamil, once in 1988 and twice in 1999. Concerns were raised over the portrayal of the Islamic faith and Indian Muslim community group South Indian Jamiathul Ulama (SIJU) protested the staging of Talaq. Subsequently, Elangovan and the Talaq lead actress, Nargis Banu, reported death threats being made against them, and the Agni Kootthu president S. Thenmoli was arrested and warned for criminal trespass before having a private rehearsal to document the play within the officially-booked-and paid-for Drama Centre. SMEGMA (First published by Elangovan in 2006) Smegma was originally to have been staged by Agni Kootthu (Theatre of Fire) on Saturday 5 August and Sunday 6 August 2006 at the Guinness Theatre, The Substation, with support from the Arts Fund. The performance was given an Arts Entertainment Licence with RA18 (Restricted Artistic 18 years and above only) rating and advisory: “The play contains strong language and adult themes that may be objectionable to some members of the public” by the Media Content Division (Publications and Arts) of the Media Development Authority (MDA) on Tuesday 1 August 2006. The license was cancelled without reason on Friday 4 August 2006, the eve of the production by (the same) MDA. As a result, Smegma could not be staged. STOMA (Originally written to be performed in 2013) Stoma, co-presented by Agni Kootthu (Theatre of Fire) and The Substation, was to have been staged from 17 to 19 January 2013 at The Substation but on 8 January 2013, the Media Development Authority (MDA) banned its performance. Initially, Agni Kootthu had been invited by MDA for a meeting regarding the application for Arts Entertainment Licence for Stoma on Wednesday 9 January 2013 at 3p.m., but on Tuesday 8 January, Agni Kootthu was informed at 9.23a.m. to go for the meeting at 8p.m. on the same day. Surprisingly there was neither a meeting nor discussion regarding Stoma at MDA. Two very polite MDA female officers (not the original signatory) handed over the MDA letter of ban for Stoma, dated 8 January 2013, to Agni Kootthu, giving no opportunity to discuss or appeal.Languages: English, TamilCategories: Play
363.Writing Singapore: An Historical Anthology of Singapore Literature, Eds. P. Holden, S. G. -L. Lim and A. Poon, Singapore: NUS Press: National Arts Council Singapore, 2009, Print.i<x This volume covers more than a century of literary production in a variety of genres. It provides readers in Singapore with an easy point of access to compelling narratives and poems. For readers outside Singapore, it introduces an important range of works that represent the historical and contemporary imaginaries and realities of Singapore.Languages: EnglishDepartments: English Language and Literature
364.Bersendeloka, Teater Ekamatra, 72-13, 13-16 Jan 2011.i<x Bersendeloka was a theatre event featuring productions of three plays showcasing the work of young and emerging playwrights and directors. These plays were produced by Teater Ekamatra under the guidance of Dr Robin Loon.Languages: MalayDepartments: English Language and LiteratureCategories: Theatre Event