Volume 1 Issue 4
December 2012
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January 2013

Date: 30 & 31 January 2013
Time: 7.30pm
Duration: 2.5 hrs
Venue: Goodman Arts Centre Black Box



SENANG is inspired by a forgotten tale from Singapore's past - the bloody prison riots that took place on the island of Pulau Senang, located 15 miles south of Singapore. In 1960, the island was used in a bold experiment, led by superintendent Daniel Dutton, an Irishman, who believed he could reform the inmates through hard work, and abolished the use of arms to police them. Over the next three years, the hardcore prisoners transformed the island into a gaol without bars, as they constructed the prison settlement from scratch. However, on 12 July 1963, things went horribly wrong, when around 80 prisoners triggered a bloody riot that led to the death of four officers and the burning of the settlement.

This playread is part of a developmental process of a full-length play set to be staged in 2014.

Admission is free and audiences are encouraged to share their thoughts in the post-show dialogue and feedback session.

Jean Tay

Directed by
Kok Heng Leun

Performed in Multiple Languages!

Admission is FREE but registration is required. Click here to register!


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