This thesis performs close readings of textual and performative strategies of The Asian Boys Trilogy (Aifian Sa'at) and Trilogy (Sharma) plays. I contend that portrayals of the marginalised figure contribute positively to the articulation of a more variegated, complex Singaporean identity than that sanctioned by the Singaporean State. Principal themes of alternative sexual preferences, domestic violence/trauma and anxiety suffered in fulfilling State expectations are explored, drawing on relevant aspects of theories relating to political theatre and queer studies. This thesis extends the extant scholarship of the intersections of politics and the Singaporean alternative theatre, here shown to engage in an oppositional socio-political discourse.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||15 May 2017|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2017|