31 Aug '11, 5pm

Do Singaporeans even look at their own fears?

Do Singaporeans even look at their own fears?

When someone says of another: “Oh, it’s brave of him to do that,” the remark may tell us more of the speaker than the person spoken about. Why was whatever he did brave? What were the mental associations we linked to that act that made it seem courageous? Yet, when we hear such descriptions of bravery, “no one asks what it tells us about ourselves,” said playwright Tan Tarn How, underlining a view that as a society, we rarely engage in self-reflection. His new play, Fear of Writing, explores questions like this. That’s what artists do: they hold a mirror to society. Artists, however, often get the blues. Tarn How is no exception. “The play posits the possibility that in Singapore, political art is irrelevant,” he says of his work. He’s had this thought for some time: that political art changes almost nothing here. It’s not getting through to people. Why not is the question...

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