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Selected Works Of Tan Tarn How  Directed By Goh Boon Teck


Fri May 8 2015, 7:30pm

Where: Esplanade - Rehearsal Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive, Marina Bay, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

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Acclaimed as "a playwright of the public life and a raconteur of social history", Tan Tarn How is known for tackling themes of life and death, sex and love, government, national identity and racism, with wit and candour. As a playwright, his work examines the socio-political environment and machinations of the Singapore state, and is best known for capturing the zeitgeist with the incisiveness of a political analyst. Tan's award-winning plays have been staged in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Machine is a strange tale about two men, Rex and Heng, who turn up at the home of two friends, Lina and Kim, claiming to be appliance repairmen. Love, sex and romance ensue as needs, wants, and desires are pursued. Machine is a chillingly unsentimental exploration of the foursome's strange, out-of-this-world relationships.

In Tan's critically acclaimed Fear of Writing, a playwright struggles with writer's block. Filled with angst towards writing, theatre and politics, he finds comfort in writing letters to his daughter abroad. Through the playwright's crisis, Tan raises questions about censorship, freedom and the role of political art.

The plays presented in this reading are selected excerpts from each script.