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Playwright Nabilah Said will explore the themes of her 2019 play ANGKAT: A Definitive, Alternative, Reclaimed Narrative of a Native.

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In this session, playwright Nabilah Said will explore the themes of her 2019 play ANGKAT: A Definitive, Alternative, Reclaimed Narrative of a Native. How is race identity constructed? What is in the process of unmaking and remaking historical narratives? In the exploration of cultural and national memory, what do we choose to forget, remember, and why? This talk, with selected readings of scenes in ANGKAT performed in Malay with English captions, will unpack the various mythologies in the Singapore story.

The session will include selected readings of scenes from ANGKAT (performed in Malay with English captions).

ANGKAT won the Best Original Script award at the 2020 Life Theatre Awards, as well as awards for Best Director for Noor Effendy Ibrahim and Best Supporting Actor for Adib Kosnan. It is also an official text studied as part of National University of Singapore’s Singapore English Language Theatre module.

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Nabilah Said is a playwright, editor and poet. Her plays have been presented in Singapore and London, including ANGKAT (2019) and Inside Voices (2019), which won the Outstanding New Work award at London's VAULT Festival and was published by Nick Hern Books UK. She is the founder of playwright collective Main Tulis Group and editor of arts publication

Readings are by students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts doing their Diploma in Theatre (English Drama). 

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About Read! Fest 2021

Read! Fest 2021 invites you on a forward-looking journey of self-discovery. With the theme of Reboot, take a moment to re-examine and refresh your lenses on day-to-day aspects that shape our lives.

Anchored by 12 key books and topics, Read! Fest will host over 60 programmes – from talks by world-renowned authors to workshops and experiences – each curated to immerse you in a world of thoughtful ideas for our time.

From myths and minimalism to work and womanhood, stretch out to explore new worlds and perspectives. Where will you find yourself?

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