Theatre and Cultures

Globalizing Strategies

Updated on: 13 Oct 2017



Published in Renaissance Singapore?: Economy, Culture, and Politicsedited by Dr Kenneth Paul Tan.

The following is an extract from the essay/writing.

To a great extent, overtly political theatre in Singapore ended in 1987 when 22 people were arrested for taking part in an alleged 'Marxist conspiracy'. Two of them were members of radical theatre company The Third Stage. With the demise of political theatre, social theatre gained prominence in the early 1990s. The world was fast changing and Singapore increasingly had to open up and reach out. By the mid-1990s, original, in tracultural, indigenous, and social theatre began to move into the margins, while plays that were influenced by postmodern traits and tendencies gained prominence. The new millennium has seen a rise in both avant-garde as well as commercial theatre, with a large volume of foreign plays imported, adapted, and produced by local theatre companies. This development has been mainly spearheaded by theatre practitioners returning to Singapore from overseas. Political theatre challenges

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