1 05 2007


251 is a provocative play based on the life of former porn actress Annabel Chong. She was born as Grace Quek, who was unnaturally bright and was in the elite gifted education programme. However, her doppelganger Annabel was just as precocious. Annabel broke new ground and pioneered significant changes in the adult film industry by setting a new record – 251 men in 10 hours. Annabel Chong became more than a household name – she was an international star.

Then one day, Grace decides she has had enough of Annabel. With each step of Annabel’s rise to prominence, Grace felt an additional part of her was taken away. Thus, she decided to “kill” Annabel and publicises it on Annabel’s website, proclaiming “ANNABEL IS DEAD”. Grace Quek was thus reborn as a web designer.

251 traces the fascinating story behind Grace and Annabel. A series of narrative re-enacts, re-constructs and imagined conversations between Grace and her world, Grace and her father and finally Grace and Annabel. It aims to expose our national psyche and our attitudes towards adult films, alternative lifestyles, sex, creativity and individuality.

More crucially, it also challenges the benchmarking of a “national hero” – just how do we define one? Can one be considered a National Hero by beating the odds and setting new records? Is she Reckless Rebel or Radical Pioneer? Porn Princess or Media Maverick? National Pride or National Shame?

Go watch the play and find out for yourself.

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