Title

Dramatic pre-emption in Singapore's National Theatre: Constructing national identity before an independent nation

Date of this Version

9-1-2012

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Published version

Quek, R. (2012). Dramatic pre-emption in Singapore’s National Theatre: Constructing national identity before an independent nation. National Identities, 14(3), 287-307.

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2012 HERDC submission. FoR code: 120100

© Copyright Taylor & Francis, 2012

ISSN

1460-8944

Abstract

The Singapore National Theatre, initiated by the Ministry of Culture in 1959, was created to propagate a mandated idea of a multicultural Singapore nation at the onset of self-governance within the British Commonwealth, although six years before independence as a Republic. The theatre was commissioned at the end of a limited competition in September 1960, was constructed by 1962 and operative by August 1963. From primary oral accounts, and other primary material, the author investigates the question of presumptive national identity construction through the architectural project.

 

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