Historia SG – Occupation

Gallery Theatre, Basement | 75 minutes without intermission
Thu 27 Sep – Sat 29 Sep 2012 | 8pm
Sat 29 Sep & Sun 30 Sep 2012 | 3pm

Written by Huzir Sulaiman | Directed by Claire Wong | Starring Jo Kukathas

An old woman’s recollection of romance under the Japanese occupation of Singapore causes her young interviewer to re-evaluate life, memory and history.

Written by award-winning and acclaimed playwright Huzir Sulaiman, Occupation weaves the true story of Huzir’s grandmother, Mrs Mohamed Siraj, with the experiences of the fictional character Sarah. Mrs Siraj was a young woman in her teens during the war years and spent most of the occupation sequestered in her large family home. Later, in her eighties, Mrs Siraj is interviewed by Sarah, a bureaucrat tasked with collating Singapore’s oral history. In looking at the past, Sarah struggles with questions of her own life in modern day Singapore.

Occupation first premiered in 2002 as a Singapore Arts Festival commission. The Straits Times hailed it as “a triumph of a production”. TODAY said that “Occupation is a gem in the history of the theatre”, while the Arts Magazine said “Sulaiman’s script is lyrical, nuanced and highly literate”.

Directed by Claire Wong and starring Jo Kukathas, Checkpoint Theatre’s new 10th anniversary production of Occupation is an intimate journey through the labyrinth of memories of love and loss, and a celebration of that which has passed and that which remains forever. Vivid, humourous and beautiful.

Exchange ticket at NMS Visitor Services Counter for a one-time admission to Singapore History & Living Galleries from 27 Sep to 11 Oct 2012. Not valid on Open House Days.

Held in conjunction with National Museum of Singapore’s Historia SG 


$28(includes handling fees)

20% Concession price $21 (includes handling fees)
Full-time Students, Senior Citizens and NSF Men
NMS Members, Volunteers and Friends of the Museum
NHB Staff
MICA Staff
NAFA/LASALLE/SOTA Students and Staff
Group Booking – 10 standard price tickets or more to one show

Image: Image Courtesy of Memphis West Pictures

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