Dreaming Singapore: the Singaporean alternative theatre as a vehicle for socio-political activism

Charmaine Cecilia Fernandez

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date15 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

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