“If anyone can make you laugh heartily and feel terrible at the same time, it is Alfian Sa’at.” — Centre42
“Alfian [has the] uncanny ability to reveal how little everyday actions and comments betray greater truths about human nature and society.”
—The Flying Inkpot
This July, join Ethos Books for the launch of the highly anticipated third volume of Alfian Sa'at's Collected Plays, hosted Nabilah Said. Released almost ten years after its predecessor, Collected Plays Three explores the Malay identity and racial relations in places close to home.
This long-awaited volume collects plays that were written and staged in Malay, and translated to English for the very first time. In 'Nadirah', a young Muslim woman is shocked to find out her mother wants to marry a non-Muslim. In 'Parah', a group of students can no longer ignore the prejudice that divides the races, and the strain it puts on their friendship. In 'Geng Rebut Cabinet (GRC)', we’re transported to an alternate reality where the Chinese are the minority in Singapore. And in 'Your Sister’s Husband', five sisters comically try their hardest to reckon with their superstitious, old-fashioned eldest, raising questions about black sheep, outcasts and sociopaths.
Tickets are FREE, but booking is essential. To request a sign language interpreter or if you have other access needs, please contact us. We would love to have you with us!