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As the Singapore Bicentennial is celebrated, six young people form a group called Raffles Must Fall to examine our country's colonial legacy. During their gatherings, they pore over forgotten texts and artefacts, re-enacting scenes from the past to better understand the nightmare of subjugation... and the dream of self-determination.

Drawing upon a wealth of historical documentation, including speeches, newspaper articles, petitions and songs, "Merdeka / 獨立 /சுதந்திரம்" confronts us with questions about our colonial past and how it still echoes through our present and into our future.

Why celebrate the beginning of colonialism rather than its end? Has Singapore gained independence without truly undergoing a process of decolonisation? And if Raffles must fall, what will he take down with him?

Written by the award-winning Alfian Sa'at in collaboration with up-and-coming playwright Neo Hai Bin, this provocative and moving new play examines how our history and humanity have been shaped – and shattered – by the forces of colonialism.

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Priority Sales (WILD RICE Angels)
3 Jun 2019, 9am - 9 Jun 2019, 11.59pm

Other Channels:
3 Jun 2019, 10am - 9 Jun 2019, 8pm

Early Bird Sales (General Public)
10 Jun 2019, 12am - 3 Jul 2019, 11.59pm

Other Channels:
10 Jun 2019, 10am - 3 Jul 2019, 8pm

Public Sales:
4 Jul 2019, 12am

Other Channels:
4 Jul 2019, 10am





Approximately 2 hour
with 20 minutes intermission

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Rating / Age Limit

  • No admission for infants in arms and patrons below 12 years old.
  • Patrons 12 years and above must purchase ticket for entry.
  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.

Late Seating Advisory:

  • Please be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time.
  • There will be no admission into the venue once the performance has commenced.
  • Admission may only be permitted during a suitable pause, depending on the nature of the performance.

Photography / Video Recording Rules

  • No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is permitted for this event

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General Public [Valid till 3 Jul 2019]
20% Discount for Early Bird Season Pass
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Event Date
Thu, 10 - Sun, 27 Oct 2019

Tue - Fri: 7.30pm
Sat: 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sun: 2.30pm

Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

S$20, S$30, S$50, S$60 (Preview Shows 10 & 11 Oct, 7.30pm)
S$25, S$35, S$55, S$65 (Tue-Thu, 7.30pm)
S$30, S$40, S$60, S$70 (Fri-Sat, 7.30pm & Sat-Sun 2.30pm)

Seating Plan