Reflecting On The Merlion: A Remix

Shana Yap discovered her passion for theatre when she was introduced to drama studies in school. She served as the president of her school’s drama club for two years, landed leading roles in three yearly productions, and led the drama club to its first Silver Award in the 2009 Singapore Youth Festival. Her passion led her to enrol in LASALLE College of the Arts where she performed in both classical and contemporary productions. Upon graduation, Shana has worked on a diverse variety of productions, from physical theatre to musicals, as well as taking on short film & local TV roles.

Inspired by Reflecting On The Merlion, An Anthology Of Poems


Poem Arrangement by Shana Yap, for NAFA students collaboration with The Writers Centre Singapore

Scene 1:

Growth of a Nation (extracts from Merlign, by Alvin Pang, pg 27, The Merlion, by Liang Yue, pg 28, Singadayung, by Isa Kamari, pg 36-37, Musing On The Merlion Myth, by Grace Chia, pg 35, The Hardness of Water, by Tan Chee Lay, pg 38-39, The Singapore River, by Latha, pg 48-55 & Merlion, by Nicholas Chiang, pg 75)

Scene 2:

Modern Mansplaination (extracts from The Merlion, by Alfian Sa’at, pg 24-25)

Scene 3:

Product of Our Imagination (extracts from Akan Datang, by Ng Yi-Sheng, pg 30 & Conversation On The Pier, by Paul Tan, pg 31)

Scene 4:

Rave and Reviews  (extracts from Merlign, by Alvin Pang, pg 26-27, The Obligatory Merlion Poem, by Felix Cheong, pg 43, Confessions of An Ambivalion, by Marc Daniel Nair, pg 60, More Than A Sum, by Kylie Goh Jin Yang, of 61, Rhetorical Action, by Geoffrey Lim, pg 70)

Scene Five:

Moving On (extracts from Merlign, by Alvin Pang, pg 26-27, Confessions of An Ambivalion, by Marc Daniel Nair, pg 60, A Mythic Tail, by Aaron Lee, pg 88-89)