|PRESENTED BY||Teater Ekamatra|
|WRITTEN BY||Chong Tze Chien|
|DIRECTED BY||Zizi Azah Abdul Majid|
|STARRING||Aidil ‘Alin’ Mosbit / Anwar Hadi / Serene Chen / Farhan Hassan / Guna Morgan / Rodney Oliveiro / Tan Shou Chen / Yazid Jalil|
|DATES||3 – 7 August 2011|
|VENUE||Drama Centre Black Box|
It’s Chinese New Year and the only soldiers in camp on guard duty are Malay or Indian. That is, until Corporal Russell Lim turns up. Things start turning ugly when the insults start flying and all that’s taboo becomes fair game. By the end of the night, a Chinese and a Malay soldier are found dead.
Enter Investigating Officer Victor de Souza, who needs to uncover are the chain of events that have led to the tragedy.
The stakes are high because the incident has led to an eruption of tension between the Malay and Chinese communities in Singapore. Yet with each interview that he conducts, he plunges deeper into a labyrinth of slippery half-truths and sly omissions.
Can Officer de Souza arrive at the truth? Or will he be confronted with something so terrible that there is no other choice but a cover up?
Set in the claustrophobic confines of the army, Chong Tze Chien’s Charged interrogates the thorny issue of race with brutal honesty and a refreshing lack of political correctness.
Charged was nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Yazid Jalil), Best Supporting Actress (Aidil ‘Alin’ Mosbit) and Best Supporting Actress (Serene Chen), and won for Best Original Script at the 2011 The Straits Times LIFE! Theatre Awards.
“… an explosive and volatile yet sensitive and nuanced… The script crackles with electricity…”
– The Flying Inkpot
“This gutsy play tackles truths with great writing…”
– SPH The Straits Times LIFE!