’say as I Do’: Performance Research in Singapore

  • Ray Langenbach
  • Paul Rae
Part of the Performance Interventions book series (PIPI)


So stated Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on 9 August 1965, in a televised response to queries from journalists about the regional implications of Singapore’s ejection from Malaysia two years after full independence from the British. In a now iconic scene from the history of the Southeast Asian city-state, Lee went on to describe the separation as ‘a moment of anguish’ (ibid.: 21), before sensationally illustrating the sentiment by breaking down in tears: ‘Recording was stopped,’ states the official transcript delicately, ‘for the Prime Minister to regain his composure’ (ibid.: 22).


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