Esplanade Presents


Singa-Pura-Pura: A sonic adaptation of Singapore Malay speculative fiction

ila (Singapore)

30 Mar 2023, Thu, 7pm & 8pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse

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Visual and performance artist, ila, and multidisciplinary performer, tysha khan, create a sonic impression of the array of fascinating worlds and characters imagined by the writers in Singa-Pura-Pura, an anthology of speculative fiction. Text is interspersed with live reading, audio sampling and dynamic soundscapes to depict the many worlds within the anthology—from the mythical and technocratic to the dystopian.


Adapted from the following stories:

“Beginning” by nor

“Transgression” by Diana Rahim

“Tujuh” by Nazry Bahrawi

“The End” by nor

“Mother Techno” by ila

“Gold, Paper & Bare Bones” by Farihan Bahron

“Quota” by Maisarah Abu Samah

“” by Hassan Hasaa’Ree Ali

“Mother Techno” by ila

“The End” by nor


Stories from Singa-pura-pura: Malay Speculative Fiction from Singapore edited by Nazry Bahrawi

© Ethos Books, 2021.


Limited copies of the publication will be made available for sale at the performance.


No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Singa-Pura-Pura: Malay Speculative Fiction from Singapore

From a future of electronic doas and AI psychotherapists, sense-activated communion with forests and a portal to realms undersea, to a reimagined origin and afterlife, editor and translator Nazry Bahrawi brings together an exciting selection of never-before translated and new Malay speculative fiction stories by established and emerging writers from Singapore.

About the performers & co-creators of this sonic adaptation

ila (@ilailailailaila_) writes speculative prose and poetry with a focus on peripheral narratives surrounding identity, space and histories that are less pronounced, particularly looking at kinships of and with geo-bodies amongst other things. ⁣She does art sometimes.


tysha khan (@tyshakhan) is an artistic force, known for her versatile acting and powerful writing. her practice centres around extracting truth, and finding engaging ways to present it in order to facilitate understanding. she is a graduate of the Intercultural Theatre Institute, and recipient of the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Awards.


she can be spotted mostly on TV, short films, and in medical schools and hospitals, where she puts her actor training into medical roleplay to make the world a better place.

Date & Time

30 Mar 2023, Thu


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

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