Original, insightful, painful, brave and edged in the Kafkaesque sense of the inevitable - Sanjay's play is a must read for fans of dystopia, ecological, political and socialist fiction. Easy to understand and read but perplexing because as the reader you are also forced to witness. Conversations of Singapore friends reveal suffering in restrictive haze controlled lifestyles set against the manmade ecological disasters of Indonesian fires raging out of control. These characters are also suffocating by choice and burning in the ignorance of more manmade isms - materialism, racism, terrorism, big brotherism, spiritualism, naturalism. Ordinary people battling social pressures against a planet bent on self-destruction - earthquake destroying Los Angeles, a tsunami engulfing Sumatra. As the reader, the witness, you ask yourself, what should I do? Is this the way the world ends? It's already starting to happen, isn't it? Is it too late?
This is the way the world ends
Sanjay Perera, author
Is this the end of times? Forest fires in Indonesia and the worsening transboundary haze are among other strange happenings that indicate all is not well. The play is set in contemporary Singapore as the global environment continues to deteriorate and odd weather patterns dominate the world. In the midst of this crisis a few people explore the value of materialism and contrasts it with spiritual values that the country and the rest of the world seem to lack. But things may get worse as a megathrust earthquake is about to hit Asia bringing with it a tsunami of destructive proportions.
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