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Underclass

by Haresh Sharma
The Necessary Stage / Drama Box
The Necessary Stage Black Box, Singapore

In a week which has seen Parliament debate the issue of social inequality, this urgent, unsettling play could not have been better timed. Singapore prides herself on being a world leader on so many fronts. However, this relentless drive to achieve material success has come at a cost: we have one of the highest rates of income inequality in the world.
Who exactly are these individuals who slip through the cracks, the bottom 10% of the socio-economic ladder who barely make ends meet? We finally get to hear their stories in Underclass, a new play by Haresh Sharma jointly presented by The Necessary Stage and Drama Box. 

Before the play starts, a shabby, middle-aged woman wanders around, trying to sell tissue paper to members of the audience. Most people ignore her. We learn that she is Xinyi (Goh Guat Kian), who recently battled a stroke and has been made redundant from her secretarial job. She seeks f…

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