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Tanah•Air 水•土:A Play In Two Parts

Drama Box

Performed in Malay and Chinese, with Malay, Chinese and English surtitles.

Tanah•Air 水•土:A Play In Two Parts is directed by one of Singapore’s most prominent theatre practitioners and former Nominated Member of Parliament (2016 – 2018) Kok Heng Leun, together with renowned theatre artists Koh Wan Ching and Adib Kosnan.

The creative team also features some of Singapore’s most exciting artists in their areas of practice, including playwrights Neo Hai Bin and Zulfadli Rashid, lighting designer Lim Woan Wen, sound designer Bani Haykal, set designer Akbar Syadiq Samion and costume designer Max Tan.


Tanah•Air 水•土:A Play In Two Parts looks at the dispossession and loss of the indigenous Malays and Orang Seletar of Singapore. “Tanah” (land) and “Air” (water) were their homes (Tanah Air) until the arrival of foreign interventions, displacing them from both. The deep sense of loss continues to be felt today.

“Tanah” is inspired by Isa Kamari’s “Duka Tuan Bertakhta”. Set in 1819 Singapore, a young girl loses her home on the sea and is forced to come ashore. As she navigates around the various parties who stake their claims to this land, she questions her identity, and struggles to find her footing on this land she calls home.

“Air” is a verbatim performance that looks at the displacement of the Orang Seletar, an indigenous community of Singapore, and how as Singapore evolved, they had to resettle in Johor, only to face the threat of being displaced again with the impending development of their customary territories.

What happens when a community’s ties to their land are severed? How do we know when to fight, negotiate, or simply succumb to agents of power?

Credits: Drama Box

Duration: 3 hours, with 15 minutes interval

Standard: SGD 68
Group booking Discount: SGD 61.20/ pax for purchases of more than 10 tickets

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October 16 2019


Date: October 16, 2019
Time: 8:15 pm - 11:15 pm
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Cost: S$68
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Malay Heritage Centre

85 Sultan Gate
Singapore, Singapore 198501 Singapore

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6391 0450

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  • Wednesday, 16 Oct: 8.15 PM
  • Thursday, 17 Oct: 8.15 PM
  • Friday, 18 Oct: 8: 15 PM
  • Saturday, 19 Oct: 8.15 PM
  • Sunday, 20 Oct: 8:15 PM


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Tanah•Air 水•土:A Play In Two Parts

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