What would you leave behind in your will to your children? If it’s your favourite car, then you’re all set for when Our Company Limited stages local playwright Verena Tay’s play The Car at the Esplanade Theatre Studio this July, commissioned by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay for its Feed Your Imagination (F.Y.I) 2017 series for students.
First staged in 2005 and walking away as the winner of ACTION Theatre’s Theatre Idols 2005, The Car is a thought-provoking, heartfelt play about the the vintage, battered and bruised Fiat Marvellette a deceased father bequeaths to his grieving daughter. The car leads to the daughter recalling memories of her difficult and often resentful relationship she had with her father while he was alive, and she continues to wrestle with the scars he left behind with his misguided expressions of love. Can she learn to let go and forgive him?
Directed by Chen Yingxuan, and starring Faizal Abdullah, Henry Heng and Julie Wee, The Car explores the issues of father-daughter relationships, the pains of growing up and the fear of being left behind. No promises of a happy ending, but it will almost certainly be exposing the difficulties and complexities of parenthood and exploring the consequences of a love wielded unthinkingly.
The Car plays at the Esplanade Theatre Studio from 5th to 7th July. Tickets available here