Singapore University of Social Sciences

Contemporary Singapore Malay Theatre

Contemporary Singapore Malay Theatre (MLL261)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


This course aims to analyse contemporary Malay theatre in Singapore, starting with an exploration of the history and development of Singapore Malay theatre, and proceeding to to appraise various postmodernist theories that facilitate an understanding of Malay theatre. The course will analyse how Malay Theatre reflects the Malay social, political and religious perspective in Singapore’s multicultural and multi-ethnic landscape. It will also provide an in-depth exploration of the philosophy and values found in local Malay theatre by analysing selected modern Malay theatre works. Finally, the course will conclude with a discussion of the challenges faced by Malay theatre works in Singapore today and possibly in the future.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Introduction: The Art of Stage Performance and Malay Theatre
  • History and development of Malay Theatre in Singapore
  • Key Figures in Singapore Malay Theatre
  • Contemporary Malay Theatre
  • Realism, Absurdism and the Avant Garde
  • Theatre and the Malays in Singapore
  • Theories of Theatre Studies
  • Postmodernist Theories
  • Themes and Issues
  • The Development of the Plot
  • The Development of a Unique Singapore Malay Theatre Identity
  • The Future of Singapore Malay Theatre

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the development of Malay theatre in Singapore.
  • Explain the values and principles of Malay theatre as a genre of Malay performing arts.
  • Illustrate how theatre is a socially constructed performing art that engages the community.
  • Illustrate the multifaceted values depicted in Malay theatre.
  • Compare the values and insights from Malay theatre in Singapore over different periods in the history of Singapore.
  • Appraise how theatre reflects the philosophy and identity of the Singapore Malay community.
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