HistoriaSG: Shakespeare & Singapore, 1900−1975

HistoriaSG: Shakespeare & Singapore, 1900−1975

What role did Shakespeare play in 20th-century Singapore? How did individuals from Singapore’s diverse ethnic communities respond to, and rework, the plays of this English Renaissance playwright? Beyond the classroom, how did students and teachers creatively adapt Shakespeare’s texts to better resonate with life in this tropical city? This talk explores the Shakespearean threads within Singapore’s multicultural history, tracing how people in Singapore engaged with Shakespeare as the island transitioned from being a British colony to an independent Southeast Asian state.

About the Speaker

Dr Emily Soon is a Research Fellow at the National Museum of Singapore. Her research focuses on cross-cultural literary engagement between Asia and Europe.

Limited spaces available. Ticket price includes light refreshments.

Image: Poster for the Stage Club's production of Twelfth Night, 1964. Courtesy of the National Museum of Singapore, National Heritage Board.
Thu Mar 5, 2020
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM SGT
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The Salon, Level 1, National Museum of Singapore
General Admission $5.00
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93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897 Singapore
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