Preview: Grandmother Tongue by W!ld Rice
Missed out on W!ld Rice’s 2016 Theatre Festival smash hit Grandmother Tongue? Never fear, this September, they’re bringing it back to the stage, and this time, for an entire month!
Written and directed by Thomas Lim in his professional playwriting debut, Grandmother Tongue wowed audiences with its tender and moving story about family, language and identity. Taking inspiration from Kuo Pao Kun’s Mama Looking For Her Cat, the story of Grandmother Tongue follows the struggle of a young man (Tan Shou Chen) trying to connect with his 84-year-old Teochew-speaking grandmother (Jalyn Han) as he helps her through her daily life. Along the way, he finally begins to understand just what it means to be his grandmother, spending years in linguistic and cultural exile in Singapore.
Both humorous and heartbreaking, Grandmother Tongue insightfully examines the sacrifices our mother-tongue language policy has cost our people in the ensuing erasure of dialects in Singapore, and how these lost dialects form a core part of our identity. Nominated for multiple awards at the Life! Theatre Awards, including Best Original Script, Production of the Year and Best Actress (Jalyn Han), and with tickets snapped up within days of their release in 2016, you’re advised to book your tickets early to catch this phenomenal play!
W!ld Rice will be organizing post-show discussions each Thursday, specifically the shows on 5th, 12th and 19th October. In addition, as part of their commitment to diversity and inclusion, the 8pm performance on Saturday, 14th Oct 2017 will be simultaneously interpreted in Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) for the deaf and hearing impaired.
Grandmother Tongue will play at the SOTA Studio Theatre from 28th September – 21st October at the SOTA Studio Theatre, and will be performed in Teochew, Mandarin and English, with English and Chinese surtitles. Tickets available here