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Candid Conversation: Robert Yeo’s Book of Political Plays, to be Launched by MP Sylvia Lim

Friday, 02 Dec 2022

In March 2021, in the midst of COVID-19, the Second Breakfast Company staged a compressed version of the three plays of Robert Yeo’s The Singapore Trilogy, aware of the relevance of the play in light of the aftermath of the recent General Election. In 2022, Epigram Books republished the collected plays in an all-new edition.

In this Candid Conversation, playwright Robert Yeo talks of the three plays in The Singapore Trilogy and the challenges in staging them, among them censorship. Dominic Nah, the dramaturg of the Second Breakfast Company, will speak about his experience in compressing the three plays. There will be readings and video clips from the March 2021 production, a book launch by Workers Party Chair Sylvia Lim, followed by a questions and answer session and book signing by the author. Kevin Gin, Club Treasurer and former chair of the Library Committee, will chair the session.

Copies of The Singapore Trilogy will be available for purchase at a special book launch offer of 15% off.


Friday, 2 December


Raffles Room


Guests Welcome


About the Speaker

Playwright Robert Yeo wrote his famous political plays about the need for an Opposition in Parliament in the tumultuous 1960s to 1980s in Singapore. He created characters and situations which still reverberate today.

YOUR CAREER WILL SUFFER, he was warned when he intended to stage the middle play One Year Back Home in 1979. A licence for staging was given nine months after application and it was signed by the Controller of Undesirable Publications in 1980. Changi, the third play, opens in Changi Prison, where a political dissident is interrogated by the Internal Security Department (ISD).

In The Singapore Trilogy, two friends, who met during their student days in London, face off in a by-election. Chye is a PAP candidate and Fernandez is from the Workers Party. Caught in the middle is Chye’s sister, Hua, who sympathises with Fernandez. Their pre-election debates on issues like the need for an Opposition in Parliament, the ills of consumerism, competing ideologies, eventually lead to the arrest of Fernandez.




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