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Cooling-Off Day

WRITTEN BY Alfian Sa’at
DIRECTED BY Ivan Heng & Jo Kukathas
STARRING Jo Kukathas / Najib Soiman / Tan Kheng Hua / Neo Swee Lin / Peter Sau / Rodney Oliveiro
DATES 10 – 14 August 2011
VENUE Drama Centre Theatre

Why do you vote? What issues influence you at the ballot box? What does citizenship mean to you?

In the electrifying months leading up to the watershed 2011 General Elections, and in the tumultuous months after, playwright Alfian Sa’at interviewed Singaporeans to discover their responses to these searching questions. Boldly putting aside concerns about secrecy, the interviewees opened their hearts to share what they honestly felt and what they truly believe.

Covering a wide social and political spectrum, the candid interviews capture the GE experience through the voices of individual Singaporeans – from election candidates to pro-establishment civil servants; from taxi-drivers to teachers; from diehard opposition supporters to young people casting their virgin votes. From the transcripts of these real-life interviews emerges a script that chronicles the momentous event that not only rocked the boat, but created startling ripples that are still being felt even now.

The private clashes behind the public debates… the personal convictions behind the party politics… even that unforgettable moment as they finally stood alone in the polling booth with pen in hand, poised to make their mark. These interviews – some hopeful, some fearful, some hilariously frank, some achingly honest – form a portrait of Singapore confronting the real meaning of democracy and rediscovering their role in shaping the country’s future.

An ensemble of our most versatile actors, playing characters aged 17 to 70, takes on these Singaporean voices – in a playful and poignant piece of testimony theatre that proves how political views are not just the hot air of coffeeshop talk.

Cooling-Off Day was nominated for Production of the Year, Best Original Script, Best Ensemble and Best Director at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2012.

“A must-see… you will recognise yourself in it.”
– SPH The Straits Times

“Heartfelt and hilarious… no issue is too taboo to be discussed.”
– The Flying Inpot