STOMA has been officially BANNED by the Media Development Authority (MDA) with effect 8 pm today.
MDA letter dated 8 Jan 2013 was given by hand to Agni Kootthu (Theatre of Fire) at 8 pm today.
Initially, Agni Kootthu was invited for a meeting regarding the application for STOMA on Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 at 3pm, at MDA - 3 Fusionopolis Way, #14-22 Symbiosis Building, Singapore 138633.
But Agni Kootthu was informed at 9.23 am (8 Jan 2013) to come for the meeting at 8 pm today.
There was no meeting nor discussion regarding STOMA at MDA. Two very polite MDA female officers (not the signatory) handed over the MDA letter of ban for STOMA to Agni Kootthu. And then it was sayonara for the 'so-called' meeting.
STOMA is the third play of mine to get banned. PELU of CID, Singapore Police Force banned TALAQ in Oct 2000 - both the English and Malay versions, although it had earlier approved three performances in Tamil (one in Dec 1998 and two in Feb 1999).
MDA banned SMEGMA in Aug 2006 on the eve of the opening performance.
And now STOMA, exactly eight days before the opening night (17 - 19 Jan 2013) at The Substation Theatre. This performance is Co-presented by Agni Kootthu and The Substation.
What a wonderful world to be back in Singapore after three years to stage a play and get banned as a welcome ritual.
That's all folks.
Artistic Director, Agni Kootthu (Theatre of Fire)