SCENES: Singapore’s Contemporary Mandarin Plays Anthology (Part 1)

This book is published in line with Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 2010: SCENES co-produced by Drama Box and Esplanade.


No play works independently from the context of that era, and no play is unrelated to our history.

We have gathered here at the scene, to observe the surroundings and to look back at our history. We hope the readers will become aware of the subjectivity and diversity of Mandarin plays from the 18 scripts we have selected in the book, and thus begin to reflect upon the rich heritage's significance and value in the 1990s Mandarin theatre scene, as well as to ponder about our future, creativity and other possibilities.

Associate Professor of Nanyang Technological University Department of Chinese, Quah Sy Ren

The prospects of the Mandarin theatre scene lie in how we cherish our memories, how we excavate these memories from our bodies and societies.

With such rich resources, our imagination will lead us to new discoveries. In an era where we constantly encourage creativity, perhaps we might first need to address the importance of these memories and history, before our imagination becomes liberated.

Artistic Director of Drama Box, Kok Heng Leun

Title: Scenes: Singapore's Contemporary Mandarin Plays Anthology (Part 1)
Editor: Quah Sy Ren, Kok Heng Leun
Planning Editor: Feng Wan Ming
Editing Assistant: Cheow Boon Seng
First Edition: February 2010
ISBN: 978-981-4299-90-9
Publisher: Global Publishing Co. Pte Ltd

Price: S$18

You can purchase the book online or at all major bookstores.


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