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Theatre festival a good reminder to mind Singapore's class divisions

Powerhouses Umi Kalthum Ismail (left) and Patrick Teoh performing in Supervision, which touches on themes like the power structures of Singapore's middle class and their maids. PHOTO: W!LD RICE

The topic of class divisions has been making the headlines, thanks to a study by the Institute of Policy Studies last year, which found signs of a clear class divide in Singapore. So there has been a slew of feature stories in Singapore media about this issue.

What I found more resonant and thought-provoking were the oblique, and direct, ways this social concern popped up in the recently concluded Singapore Theatre Festival.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 07, 2018, with the headline 'Theatre festival a good reminder to mind Singapore's class divisions'. Subscribe