Tackling the theme of Hope and Home this year, Pangdemonium’s 2018 season is starting off on an incredibly poignant note as they present the Singaporean premiere of Florian Zeller’s Moliere Award winning play The Father.
Directed by Tracie Pang, The Father follows André, a 70 year old man who’s managed to lose his beloved watch again. His daughter and son-in-law aren’t helping much, sneaking around the house and acting odd, while the house itself begins to warp and change. Holes in André’s memory begin to occur more and more frequently, messing with his sense of time and place. Surely there must be something supernatural at play, or something far more sinister going on. Will André solve the mystery of his own mind before he loses all sense of self?
Christopher Hampton’s English translation of The Father wowed audiences in the West End with its immersive and frankly terrifying exploration of dementia and its effects from a first person point of view, garnering rave reviews and making it to various publications’ picks of the year. Devastating and frightening in its portrayal of one man’s fast deteriorating view of the world, family members become strangers and the sanctuary of home crumbles away to become an unrecognizable place.
There’s only so many veteran actors out there who could possibly play the eponymous father, and Lim Kay Siu has been perfectly cast as André, sure to provoke some deeply emotional feelings in the audience. Lim Kay Siu won’t the only star onstage though, and will be supported by a stellar cast consisting of Tan Kheng Hua, Janice Koh, Frances Lee, Keagan Kang and Emil Marwa. Suspenseful and brutally honest yet profoundly compassionate, The Father is no doubt a must watch this March and urgently relevant to the members and caretakers of our rapidly ageing population, sure to leave every audience member reeling when it’s over.
*Also look out for our exclusive interview with Lim Kay Siu and Keagan Kang*
The Father plays at Victoria Theatre from 2nd – 18th March. Tickets available from SISTIC