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Performance Tour to the South East District from 26 February to 21 March 2015

THREE INCHES OF ALIVE is the winning play of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2014 (Open Category) and is presented as part of TheatreWorks' Writers' Laboratory Writing & Community Programme in partnership with the South East Community Development Council.

Written by Khoo En Ping Clarilyn
Directed and Lighting Design by Irfan Kasban 
Performed by Gyan Lee Siti Zuraida
Set Design by Gerald Leow

Born to an English father and a Malay mother, Leila 'Anjung' Keats is an unprecedented figure in local history and considered to be one of the pioneers of Malaya. However, shortly after her death, the archivist investigating her life finds some curious inconsistencies. Of particular note is an art piece of mysterious origin, whose maker the archivist is eager to discover, as well as an untitled ghazal beginning with the cryptic refrain, "Give me your hand".

As he reads Leila's journals, the archivist is increasingly drawn into the details of her life. 

Is truth subjective? Are the margins of history wide enough to contain the depth and breadth of a human life? THREE INCHES OF ALIVE explores the nature of history and the individual's place in it, questioning the objectivity of collected facts.

Event Details (Correct as of 29 Jan 2015)

FREE ADMISSION (otherwise stated)

Performed in English 
Approximately 40 minutes
There will be a post-show discussion after each performance

Mountbatten Community Club, Performance Centre
26 Feb 2015, Thu, 8pm
27 Feb 2015, Fri, 3pm
27 Feb 2015, Fri, 8pm
28 Feb 2015, Sat, 3pm

35 Jalan Satu
MRT: Dakota
Bus: 7, 70, 70M, 197

Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
13 Mar 2015, Fri, 8pm
14 Mar 2015, Sat, 3pm 
14 Mar 2015, Sat, 8pm
15 Mar 2015, Sun, 3pm

85 Sultan Gate
MRT: Bugis
Bus: 7, 32, 51, 63, 80, 145, 197

Siglap South Community Centre, Multi Purpose Hall
20 Mar 2015, Fri, 3pm
20 Mar 2015, Fri, 8pm 
21 Mar 2015, Sat, 3pm
6 Palm Road
Bus: 10, 12, 13, 14, 16

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About the TheatreWorks Writers’ Lab Writing & Community Programme 

The presentation of THREE INCHES OF ALIVE is part of TheatreWorks' Writing & Community Programme in partnership with the South East Community Development Council to nurture and develop new playwrights from the community. Writing & Community is a holistic, unique writing programme that serves the community through harnessing the talents and creativity in the community.

Writing & Community is a strand of TheatreWorks Engagement to encourage audience appreciation of the Arts, and deepen the knowledge of its patrons as well as stakeholders. 


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TheatreWorks (S) Ltd is a recipient of the National Arts Council Major Grant for the period from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2016.

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