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Passing theatre's baton

Siti Khalijah Zainal, Best Actress at the recent M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards, represents the new generation of theatre practitioners.
Siti Khalijah Zainal, Best Actress at the recent M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards, represents the new generation of theatre practitioners.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

I am heartened by this newspaper's efforts to organise the M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards, including the publicity it gives to many theatre companies and professionals.

Some of the familiar names in the winners' list are Ivan Heng and Glen Goei (Best Director, Hotel) and Adrian Pang (Best Actor, The LKY Musical), who are all at least 50 years old. There is a pressing need for Singapore's theatre pioneers to pass on the torch to the younger generation to promote a continuity of the arts.

The new generation, as represented by Siti Khalijah Zainal (Best Actress, Off Centre), 30, should carry the baton.

Jeremy Cheong Weng Kee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 30, 2016, with the headline 'Passing theatre's baton'. Print Edition | Subscribe