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by Alfian Sa'at

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Cooling-Off Day is the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2012 nominee for: Production of the Year, Best Original Script, Best Director, Best Ensemble

In the electrifying months leading up to the watershed 2011 General Elections and in the tumultuous months after, playwright Alfian Sa’at interviewed Singaporeans to discover their responses to the elections.

Covering a wide social and political spectrum, the candid interviews capture the GE experience through the voices of individual Singaporeans — from election candidates to pro-establishment civil servants; from taxi-drivers to teachers; from diehard opposition supporters to young people casting their virgin votes.

These interviews — some hopeful, some fearful, some hilariously frank, some achingly honest — form a portrait of Singaporeans confronting the real meaning of democracy and rediscovering their role in shaping the country’s future.

Cooling-Off Day is published by Ethos Books & W!LD RICE.

About the Author

Born in 1977, Alfian Bin Sa’at was a fourth year medical student at the National University of Singapore when he published A History of Amnesia. His first book of verse, One Fierce Hour, was well-received in Singapore and Malaysia. His collection of short stories, Corridor, won the Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award in 1998; this was published in 1999.

Alfian Sa’at is also the Resident Playwright of W!LD RICE. His plays have been translated into German, Swedish and Danish, and they have been read and performed in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, London, Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich, Munich, Copenhagen and Stockholm. He has been nominated for the Life! Theatre Awards for Best Original Script seven times, and has received the award twice.

Alfian was the winner of the SPH-NAC Golden Point Award for Poetry and the Singapore Young Artist Award for Literature in 2001. His other publications include the plays Collected Plays One, Collected Plays Two, poetry collection A History of Amnesia, and a short story collectionMalay Sketches.


"Heartfelt and issue too taboo to be discussed."
— The Flying Inkpot

"A will recognise yourself in it."
— The Straits Times

"Asthma inducing hilarity."

“Highly entertaining.”

“Brilliant...I was tempted to lead a standing ovation at the end of it.”
— The Online Citizen

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ISBN: 978-981-07-1406-2 (Paperback) | 978-981-14-0500-6 (E-book)
Published: 2012
Dimension: 130mm x 200mm
Extent: 148
Finish: Paperback



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