Contagion and Containment: Quarantine Sketches (A Work-in-progress reading)

Contagion and Containment: Quarantine Sketches (A Work-in-progress reading)
30 September 2022
A play read of “Contagion & Containment: Quarantine Sketches”, a new work-in-development script by acclaimed Singaporean playwright Jean Tay

Inspired by the histories at Singapore’s old quarantine sites, such as St John’s Island, the old St Andrew’s Mission Hospital and Middleton Hospital, playwright Jean Tay presents a play read of “Contagion & Containment: Quarantine Sketches”. Spanning over a century, the scenes bring together characters from different walks of life who encounter one another in quarantine. From coolies and pilgrims to a polio-stricken boy in an iron lung, a mother suffering from leprosy to the healthcare workers struggling to deal with unknown diseases – we see how they try to overcome their fear of the unknown and the distance between one another.

It includes a talkback session after the read, together with the playwright and director.

Advisory: Content may be more suited for persons 16 years and above.

Playwright: Jean Tay

Producer: The Entity (Woo Hsia Ling)

Director: Koh Hui Ling

Actors: Auderia Tan, Candice de Rozario, Jaisilan Sathiasilan, Julius Foo, Suhaili Safari

Language(s):English; some Hokkien and Malay


The programme will be held at The Learning Space, Level 10, National Library Building.

Organised by the National Library Board (NLB) as part of its Creative Residency programme. This script was inspired by materials from the collections of the National Library, creatively reinterpreted by inaugural Resident Jean Tay during her residency period with NLB.

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