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National Language Class / Utama: Every Name in History Is I Poster

National Language Class / Utama: Every Name in History Is I

PRESENTED BY spell#7 in collaboration with W!LD RICE
WRITTEN BY Noor Effendy Ibrahim, Paul Rae & Yeo Yann Yann (National Language Class); Ho Tzu Nyen (Utama: Every Name in History is I)
DIRECTED BY Paul Rae (National Language Class)
STARRING Noor Effendy Ibrahim / Yeo Yann Yann (National Language Class); Ho Tzu Nyen (Utama: Every Name in History is I)
DATES 9 – 13 August 2006
VENUE Drama Centre Black Box

Remember a time when Singapore was forever Malaya?
How about when it was forever Temasek?

In a provocative double-bill about the origins and orang of our proud Republic we reach back into history both ancient and recent and ask: how good is your National Language – and who was it you say founded this place?

Part One: National Language Class takes as its starting point an iconic 1959 painting of Chinese students learning Malay. As a language lesson unfolds, power is used and abused in humorous, inventively and, finally, explosively – while the identities of both performers and audience members unravel and remake themselves in ways that are novel, challenging and fun.

Part Two: Utama: Every Name in History is I – the class has swapped night school for university. Presenting a lecture-demonstration that slowly undermines its own authority, Ho Tzu Nyen tells the gripping and bizarre tale of discovery and disappointment, Merlions and mangroves, princes and paintings, that lies at the hidden heart of a place very much like the one you live in today.

National Language Class / Utama is National Education like you’ve never had it before. The only question is: which nation – and whose?

“Fireworks n a Black Box… An enjoyable side-trip into the back alleys of national identity. One felt enriched to have attended it.”
— The Straits Times