The Singapore Trilogy

The Singapore Trilogy

11 – 21 March 2021

Integrating story and text from Are You There, Singapore? (1974), One Year Back Home (1980) and Changi (1997), the three plays of Yeo’s Trilogy provoked much reflection about the staging of politics in a new nation forging its own identity and development.

Set across the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, The Singapore Trilogy follows the intertwining stories of two siblings and a close friend – Chye, Hua and Fernandez – first as international students in London before returning home to participate in Singapore politics with opposing ideologies. Between political detention and personal entanglements, wills and friendships are put to the test: what are we prepared to compromise for the sake of our ideals and loved ones?

This will be the first time all three plays of the Trilogy will be performed together in a single adaptation, including deleted scenes from original manuscripts, new writing and a revised ending in consultation with Robert Yeo.

Playwright: Robert Yeo

Director: Adeeb Fazah

Dramaturg: Nah Dominic

Set Designer: Beiyi Teo

Lighting Designer: Jim Chan

Sound Designer: Mark Benedict Cheong

Costume Designer: Denise Dolendo

Shrey Bhargava
Casidhe Ng
Ong Yi Xuan
Lim Shien Hian
Yuri D Hoffmann
Aricia Ng
Aiswarya Nair
Neina Goldberg


One of the strengths of the trilogy, courtesy of its third play, Changi, lies in its straight-up, sometimes harrowing dramatisation of the costs of detention without trial as a weapon against political activists, including the interrogation methods used to extract televised confessions of guilt. It is an experience that few other Singapore plays have delved into, among them Tan Tarn How’s more satirical Undercover (1996) and The Necessary Stage’s intergenerational drama on minority Malay political participation, Gemuk Girls (2006).

– Artsequator

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