chapter  12
City as Theatre: Singapore, State of Distraction
ByWei-Wei Yeo
Pages 20

That which lies at the root of the perennial questioning of Singapore’snational identity is the fundamental shift in our sense of collective being that has been brought about by the orientation of society and culture around speed. Such questioning persists because the characteristics of national identity are sought through the fulfillment of anachronistic expectations. Under the Last Dust and Invisibility, two Singaporean theatre productions, show that theatricality can provide some suggestions as to how the fleeting, surface-oriented present might be weighted in the national identity question.