Collected Plays Three by Alfian Sa'at (with Nabilah Said)

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“If anyone can make you laugh heartily and feel terrible at the same time, it is Alfian Sa’at.” — Centre42 on GRC

“[Parah] is often invigorated by the youth of the characters and Alfian’s uncanny ability to reveal how little everyday actions and comments betray greater truths about human nature and society.”
—The Flying Inkpot on Parah

This July, join us for the launch of the highly anticipated third volume of Alfian Sa'at's Collected Plays, hosted by Alfian and Nabilah Said. Released almost ten years after its predecessor, Collected Plays Three explores the Malay identity and racial relations in places close to home. This long-awaited volume collects plays that were written and staged in Malay, and translated to English for the very first time. In Nadirah, a young Muslim woman is shocked to find out her mother wants to marry a non-Muslim. In Parah, a group of students can no longer ignore the prejudice that divides the races, and the strain it puts on their friendship. In Geng Rebut Cabinet (GRC), we’re transported to an alternate reality where the Chinese are the minority in Singapore. And in Your Sister’s Husband, five sisters comically try their hardest to reckon with their superstitious, old-fashioned eldest, raising questions about black sheep, outcasts and sociopaths.

Tickets are FREE, but booking is essential. To request a sign language interpreter or if you have other access needs, please contact us. We would love to have you with us!

ABOUT ALFIAN SA'AT
Alfian Sa'at is a Resident Playwright with W!LD RICE. His published works include poetry collections: One Fierce Hour, A History of Amnesia, and The Invisible Manuscript; a collection of short stories, Corridor; a collection of flash fiction, Malay Sketches; two collections of plays; as well as the play Cooling Off Day. Alfian has been nominated eight times for Best Script at the Life! Theatre Awards, winning in 2005 for Landmarks, in 2010 for Nadirah, and in 2013 for Kakak Kau Punya Laki (Your Sister’s Husband). In 2011, Alfian was awarded the Boh-Cameronian Award in Malaysia for Best Book and Lyrics for the musical The Secret Life of Nora. In 2013, he won the Boh-Cameronian Award for Best Original Script for the play Parah. In 2001, Alfian won the Golden Point Award for Poetry as well as the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature. He has also been nominated for the Kirayama Asia-Pacific Book Prize and the Singapore Literature Prize for A History of Amnesia. His short fiction collection Malay Sketches was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize in 2013. His plays and short stories have been translated into German, Swedish, Danish and Japanese and have been read and performed in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Brisbane, Melbourne, London, Zürich, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

ABOUT THE HOST
Nabilah Said is a Singaporean playwright, editor and poet. As a former arts correspondent for The Straits Times, Nabilah covered the theatre, dance and lifestyle beats, and helped organise the Life! Theatre Awards from 2015-2017. She also has six years’ experience as a communications professional in the government and arts sector. She enjoys arts writing and criticism, particularly those that experiment with style and creative form. Her plays have been presented in Singapore and London by Teater Ekamatra, The Necessary Stage and Bhumi Collective. She is the co-founder of international theatre collective Lazy Native, which champions Southeast Asian voices and narratives. In 2016 she founded Main Tulis Group, Singapore’s first collective of playwrights writing in Malay and English. Nabilah holds an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London.

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