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Crystalwords Theatre Highlights 2018

Happy New Year! It's time for the Crystalwords annual Singapore theatre round-up.

2018, much like the year before, has been a strong year for original works and has seen the emergence of many new and rising playwrights. Some of the themes emerging from local theatre productions include an increase in site-specific works, monodramas and plays exploring marginalised voices. Yet, on the whole, it's been a decent but not spectacular year for local theatre. One of the key issues facing the scene is quantity versus quality; to what extent has the sheer volume of plays (some 160-odd local theatre productions) been tempered by an appropriate quality that makes them deserving of a place in the local canon?

I've continued my relationship with regional arts website Arts Equator (now two years old and very much a fixture in the arts critical scene) through a series of theatre reviews and podcasts. Of course, I still try to review performances I have caught as far as possible on this …

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