Saturday, January 26, 2013

MDA Bans STOMA at 8pm on Tue 8 Jan 2013

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)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

STOMA (New play by Elangovan)



presented by Agni Koothu (Theatre of Fire) & The Substation
Written and directed by Elangovan
Performed by Hemang Yadav & Gloria Tan

Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 January 2013, 8pm
The Substation Theatre
Admission: $20, available from the box office, contact Mish’aal 6337 7800 /
Mature content. Rating to be advised by MDA (Media Development Authority)

A Catholic priest who was defrocked and removed from the ministry over sex abuse allegations is visited by an internet sex-chat contact.  Meanwhile, an angel’s visitation ignites an examination of his conscience and his past sins surface as reminiscences to purify his soul. He confesses his sins to seek redemption when the sex-chat contact walks in.