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WILD RICE Grand Opening Season – Merdeka

October 11, 2019

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An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until October 27, 2019

Thu, 10 – Sun, 27 Oct 2019

Tue – Fri: 7.30pm
Sat: 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sun: 2.30pm

As the Singapore Bicentennial is celebrated, six young people form a group called Raffles Must Fall to examine our country’s colonial legacy. During their gatherings, they pore over forgotten texts and artefacts, re-enacting scenes from the past to better understand the nightmare of subjugation… and the dream of self-determination.

Drawing upon a wealth of historical documentation, including speeches, newspaper articles, petitions and songs, Merdeka / 獨立 /சுதந்திரம் confronts us with questions about how colonial structures still shape the society we live in today.

Why celebrate the beginning of colonialism rather than its end? Has Singapore gained independence without truly undergoing a process of decolonisation? And if Raffles must fall, what will he take down with him?

Don’t miss this bold and provocative new play written by the award-winning Alfian Sa’at, in collaboration with up-and-coming playwright Neo Hai Bin. You’ll never look at Stamford Raffles and his legacy in the same light again.


October 11, 2019
Event Category:


Wild Rice


The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ WILD RICE Funan
107 North Bridge Road
Singapore, Singapore 179105 Singapore
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