Dramatised Reading Beginnings – Selected works from the 1960s and 1970s

Dramatised Reading Beginnings – Selected works from the 1960s and 1970s

Pioneer playwrights Lim Chor Pee, Goh Poh Seng and Robert Yeo galvanised the theatre scene with some of our first local English language productions—plays that not only began to shape a Singaporean identity and sensibility, but also responded to the nation’s changing sociopolitical landscape.

Set in the swinging ‘60s, a one-night stand between two strangers sets them on a path to discover the meaning of love and life. Written by Lim Chor Pee, Singapore’s first English-language play Mimi Fan is a haunting tale about relationships, escapism and broken hearts searching for healing.
 
Goh Poh Seng’s The Moon is Less Bright follows the lives of a vegetable farmer and his family before and during the Japanese occupation. Faith is tested when they are joined by relatives from the city, whose different lifestyles and aspirations start to divide them.
 
The first part of Robert Yeo’s controversial The Singapore Trilogy, Are You There, Singapore? juxtaposes heated debates about Singapore’ state of government with the coming-of-age story of a group of Singaporean university students studying in London.