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by Haresh Sharma
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There has been a slew of works responding to the bicentennial of Singapore’s founding by Sir Stamford Raffles, an event that the authorities have chosen to spend all year celebrating through a series of activities such as guided tours, exhibitions and immersive performances. Ayer Hitam: A Black History of Singapore, performed as part of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, was a stirring performance-lecture about a community all but effaced from the national narrative despite their inextricable contributions over the years. Miss British, an eloquent commission of the Esplanade Studios, saw three women of ethnic minorities consider the colonial legacy on their lives, mixing historical anecdotes with deeply personal stories.

Joining the conversation is The Necessary Stage’s Civilised, playwright Haresh Sharma and director Alvin Tan’s attempt to interrogate the spectre of colonisation. It’s a loaded word – colonisat…

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