Eunos food centre becomes stage for play to engage residents on desirable social norms

Eunos Crescent resident, Madam Rahila Ahmed, 54, intervening during the interactive theatre play, Living The Norm Way, at Eunos Crescent Market and Food Centre on Jan 14, 2018.
Eunos Crescent resident, Madam Rahila Ahmed, 54, intervening during the interactive theatre play, Living The Norm Way, at Eunos Crescent Market and Food Centre on Jan 14, 2018.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
The interactive theatre play was staged by the People's Association Integration Council in a bid to engage residents on desirable social norms.
The interactive theatre play was staged by the People's Association Integration Council in a bid to engage residents on desirable social norms.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
Eunos Crescent resident, Ms May, 50, interacting with one of the actors and recommending different courses of actions that could help promote kindness.
Eunos Crescent resident, Ms May, 50, interacting with one of the actors and recommending different courses of actions that could help promote kindness.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

SINGAPORE - A food centre became the stage for a play on Sunday morning (Jan 14), with some in the audience taking part. 

More than 500 people got the chance to intervene in scenes such as littering and recommend actions to stem such undesirable behaviour.

Eunos Crescent Market and Food Centre was the venue for interactive theatre play Living The Norm Way, which encouraged the audience to be more aware of desirable social norms.

The play showcased undesirable behaviours such as littering, speaking loudly and not sharing tables with others, and had the audience suggest actions to foster a more gracious environment.

The play was staged by the People's Association (PA) Integration Council. It has been held at various other community platforms since being introduced at PA's One Community Fiesta in Tampines GRC last September.

Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef, adviser to the council, said the play hopes to spur residents to adopt desirable behaviours "such that these become our social norms at public spaces in the neighbourhood".

"It's a reminder that all of us can play our part to shape a more inclusive and gracious Singapore," added Prof Fatimah, who is also an MP for Marine Parade GRC.