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Forum theatre production looks at divide between locals and immigrants in Singapore

Published on Feb 18, 2013 7:28 PM
 
Local theatre company HuM Theatre is putting on its first forum theatre play, titled We Are Like This Only!, about the divide between "local" Indians, and "Indian" Indians. Daisy Irani (2nd right), actors Rishi Budhrani (right), Siva Palakrishnan (3rd right) and Sharul Channa will play common stereotypes of local and immigrant Indians in a series of vignettes that will run for about 45 minutes. --ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

She is arguably most recognisable as the garrulous advertising executive Daisy from the hit Singapore sitcom, Under One Roof.

But what exactly makes stage and screen actress Daisy Irani, 53, Singaporean?

The co-founder of local theatre group HuM Theatre, who was born in India but moved to Singapore more than 20 years ago, is directing a new play that tackles this question.

The forum theatre work, titled We Are Like This Only!, will run at the Goodman Arts Centre Black Box from Feb 26 to March 3. It wrestles with issues of integration in the Indian diaspora, such as the divide between "Singaporean" Indians, and "Indian" Indians. Together with Irani, actors Rishi Budhrani, Siva Palakrishnan and Sharul Channa will play common stereotypes of local and immigrant Indians in a series of vignettes that will run for about 45 minutes. There will be a post-show debate and discussion.

 
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