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Quills Monday, 26 September 2005

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Saw a play ‘Quills’ with dad today. This marks the second time I saw a play with him. The first was ‘Death of a Salesman’ which starred Lim Kay Tong too. It seems strange that I seem to be catching plays with dad and no one else from the family. Well, today’s was really a chance occurrence as I went in place of my mom who fell ill.

The play was interesting! For the first time in my life, I saw an artist stripped naked in all his glory for all to see – frontal and back. It’s not some cheap R(A)-rated show but the naked scenes were crucial to the story. The play is about a French Marquis, Marquis de Sade (later known as the King of Sadism), who achieved infamy in18th century Francefor his sexual habits and sexually uninhibited writings. The Marquis’s work subscribed to the belief that no one is innocent of the corruptions of this world. That everyone harbours forbidden or unspeakable ugly desires (sexual or violent) in one form of the other.

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Food for thought (esp. in light of all the racism-inciting blogs ongoing and the subsequent prosecution of their authors in Singapore)-

“Should we then condemn the messenger for telling us of human behavious that may disturb or even disgust us? Does the author lead human behaviour or merely report it? Can one man’s writings fuel a society’s depravity or can it be a lighthouse for the recognition of human frailty?”

Don’t hate just because I turn the key….” Marquis de Sade

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Is turning the key the same as incitement?

Yes! Primal desire – that’s unchanging! Every man from Paris to China feels the same urgent stirring in his loins.” – The Marquis

Well, if your interest has been piqued enough, go catch it at DBS Arts Centre.

1. Quills – The Untold Stories of the Marquis de Sade. Theatre Write-up. Luna-id Theatre. 25 Sep 05.

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