Early Bird Sale
3 Jul 2017, 9am - 27 Jul 2017, 12am
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3 Jul 2017, 10am - 26 Jul 2017, 8pm
27 Jul 2017, 12am
27 Jul 2017, 10am
The Ngee Ann Kongsi
W!LD RICE’s Grandmother Tongue
written & directed by THOMAS LIM
starring JALYN HAN, TAN SHOU CHEN & REI POH
Grandmother Tongue, the sold-out smash hit of the 2016 Singapore Theatre Festival, returns for a limited season!
In a Singapore where dialects have been losing relevance for generations, Grandmother Tongue traces a young man’s struggle to connect with his 84-year-old Teochew-speaking grandmother. He teaches her to use a mobile phone. He helps her buy her favourite brand of soya sauce. He visits her in hospital after a fall. Along the way, he begins to understand just what it means to spend decades in linguistic and cultural exile.
Inspired by Kuo Pao Kun’s seminal Mama Looking For Her Cat, Thomas Lim’s funny, insightful play examines the social costs of our mother-tongue language policy and the erasure of dialects in today’s Singapore. In ways both humorous and heartbreaking, Grandmother Tongue explores how our identities are bound up with the languages that we use and the ones that we lose.
Performed in Teochew, Mandarin and English, with English and Chinese surtitles.
TALKBACK THURSDAY Meet the artists and deepen your experience of the play in these lively post-show discussions on Thursdays 5 Oct, 12 Oct and 19 Oct 2017.
SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE As part of W!LD RICE's commitment to diversity and inclusion, the 8pm performance on Sat 14 Oct 2017 will be simultaneously interpreted in Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) for the deaf and hearing impaired.
原著 / 导演 林汀文
演员 韩雪卿 陈寿臣 傅正龙
方言在新加坡社会逐渐失去意义。【祖母语】讲述一名孙子如何与 只懂潮州话的八十四 岁奶奶沟通。 他教她如何用手机、 他帮她买她喜爱品牌的酱油、 他到医院探访跌倒后的她，并开始意识语言和文化的重要性。
Early Bird Sale
- Teochew, Mandarin, English
Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes (No Interval)
Rating / Age Limit
- No admission for infants in arms
- Patron 3 years and above must purchase a ticket for entry
- Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance
- IMDA rating: Advisory 16 (some mature content and coarse language)
Photography / Video Recording Rules
- No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is permitted for this event
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15% Discount for Early Bird Discount
[Valid till 26 Jul 2017]
“…the regular sniffles from the audience meant that the play struck a close chord with many… captures many facets of what it means to be a senior citizen in Singapore today – painting a very vivid picture of an 84-year-old woman getting alienated from a rapidly changing Singapore… Actors… are simply excellent… a play which does more showing than telling – but speaks volumes nonetheless.”
The Business Times
“The sold-out success of the play is based on its content and cast… Rei Poh is brilliant in multiple turns… Tan Shou Chen is strong in his low-key role as the grandson… a foil to Jalyn Han’s superb enactment of the grandmother.”
The Straits Times
“…an eloquent evocation of the linguistic, cultural and emotional ghetto of an elderly woman who is cut off from a society which regards her native tongue as substandard… Grandmother Tongue captures this ambiguity well, the sense that many of us are stranded in a linguistic no man’s land, able to speak a coloniser’s language well, but unable to communicate in, literally, our grandmothers’ tongues.”
Ong Sor Fern
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