National Language Class by spell#7 began life in late 2005 as a short participatory performance at the National Library of Singapore, inspired by Chua Mia Tee’s 1959 painting of the same name. It was subsequently adapted for the theatre, and changed and grew as it toured to Bangkok and Jakarta, and was re-presented on multiple occasions and in various forms in Singapore. This website contextualizes and archives this process, and documents two full performances: one from April 2008 at the Esplanade Studio Theatre, and the other in January 2016 in the City Hall Chamber of the National Gallery Singapore.
Welcome to the website of National Language Class, an interactive performance about language and identity created by theatre company spell#7 in response to an iconic Singapore painting from 1959. Here, you will find recordings of two versions of the production, from 2008 and 2016, and extras that provide additional context and information. To go straight to the show, click on the link below. Browse the categories on the navigation bar above for more details. Or scroll down to see the painting and read a longer introductory essay about the performance and this site.