Building cultural citizenship through drama: A study of The Community Theatre in Singapore

Presented by: Dr Natalie Lazaroo

Date: Friday 26 March 2021
Time: 12–1pm
Location: Online via Zoom

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Abstract

Amidst Singapore’s reputation as a ‘shiny, global city’ lies the oft-obscured realities of inequality and poverty that exist in the nation-state. Despite not having an official poverty line, it is estimated that 20 to 35 per cent of Singaporean households live in relative poverty; many of these households live in rental flat communities, which are representative of the social housing sector in Singapore. Residents of such low-socioeconomic neighbourhoods tend to be categorised on the margins of the social power structure and excluded from particular narrative threads of nationhood.  

In this seminar, I share some of the research that has emerged out of a long-term collaboration with a group called The Community Theatre (TCT) in Singapore. TCT was created in 2014 as a ground-up initiative led by artist-facilitator Izzaty Ishak; through drama, TCT engages young people living in rental flats to examine the social issues faced by their communities. In particular, I reflect on how TCT has created a platform for civic participation and how this can help build a sense of cultural citizenship for the young people involved. 


Presenter

 

Dr Natalie Lazaroo is a Lecturer in Drama. Her research interests include cultural citizenship, theatre and young people, and qualitative research methodologies. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) and is on the editorial board of the journal Applied Theatre Research. Her most recent publication looks at an intergenerational community performance project examining the relationship between health and inequality in Singapore. 


 

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

 


School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

The research seminar and workshop series occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - What Has Streaming Done to Television? Platform Interfaces and Contemporary Viewing Dr Elliott Logan

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Building cultural citizenship through drama: A study of The Community Theatre in Singapore Dr Natalie Lazaroo

Friday, 23 April
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Passing as White (Collar): Jim Crow’s Typewriter and the Harlem Renaissance Dr Tamlyn Avery

Friday, 7 May
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - HDR Roundtable: Ethical or exploitative? The representation of violence and trauma in literature and screen media  Bonnie Evans, Taryn Bashford, Jasmine Sandes, Meg Vann

Friday, 21 May
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Converging Professions or Practices? Shifting Dynamics in a Digital Communication World Toning Down the Antagonism Between Communication and Journalism Dr Franzisca Weder

Friday, 4 June
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Facilitating co-innovation towards sustainable livestock systems in Timor Leste – pulling out all the (communication) stops A/Prof Elske van de Fliert

Friday, 18 June
12-1pm

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Research Seminar -  Holograms and (Dis) Embodied Intimacy in an Era of Ubiquitous Computing Dr Samantha Lindop

Friday, 6 August
1-2pm

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Research Seminar - All Scripts are Adaptations? Michael Eaton MBE

 

Venue

Online via zoom

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