On Aug 17, School of Arts and Social Sciences organised a half-day public forum and panel discussion on the state of play in local theatre in Singapore's four official languages. The event was graced by guest-of-honour Ms Janice Koh, Nominated Member of Parliament, and attended by about 175 participants, including UniSIM staff, students, associates and members of the public.
The speakers included Mr Kok Heng Leun, Artistic Director of Drama Box; Mr Anuar Othman, a writer; Mr Selvananthan Ganesan, Artistic Director of Avant Theatre & Language; Dr Lee Chee Keng; Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education; and Ms Stella Kon, a playwright. The panel discussion was moderated by Assoc Prof Grant Shen of the National University of Singapore.
The talks and panel discussion covered a broad spectrum of related themes, including a sweeping view of the development of Singapore theatre in the four official languages over the short course of Singapore's history, the role of theatre in relation to the social and political developments of Singapore, aspects of Singapore's identity, and the need to nurture and develop talent and the local theatre scene more vigorously.
(From left) Dr Lee Chee Keng, Mr Anuar Othman, Ms Stella Kon, Mr Kok Heng Leun, Ms Janice Koh, Prof Cheong Hee Kiat,
Assoc Prof Genice Ngg, Mr Selvananthan Ganesan and Assoc Prof Grant Shen.