24 - 28 Mar 2010
Drama Centre Black Box, Singapore
“Blood is thicker than tears.”
Previously staged by Theatreworks and directed by Ong Keng Sen as The Yang Family in 1996, FAMILY traces events in the 90-something year life of Tan Neo, offering a vivid and moving picture of a woman who suffers much at the mercy of fate but who finds remarkable strength in herself and her children. It is a tale of how families survive, and how generations change. It echoes the rapidly transforming cultural landscape of our island, vividly evoking how we have journeyed from the humble pioneer spirit of our forefathers to the affluent cosmopolitanism we live in today.
Journeying through the generations, this play reveals not only our history, but how history has shaped our present. It reminds us to value the sweat and blood spilt by our forefathers (and foremothers) while celebrating the dynamism and adaptability of our contemporary culture.
In a challenging ten-week rehearsal process, the ten Chinese, Malay and Eurasian actors of young & W!LD defy the barriers of race, gender, age, and culture to breathe new life into this powerful ensemble play, creating a world of compelling imagery and shifting scenescapes. Learning new languages and dialects, challenging gender roles, and digging deep into their own families’ pasts for inspiration and life-material, these young actors stretch their skills and imaginations to inhabit almost a century of human drama.
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Playwright Leow Puay Tin
Director Jonathan Lim
Set Designer Nicholas Li
Lighting Designer Yeo Hon Beng
Sound Designer/Composer Bang Wenfu
Hair Designer Ashley Lim
Make-up Designers Beno Lim & Dollei Seah (M.A.C)
Production Manager Leong Mun Hoi
Stage Managers Elizabeth Loh & Faizal Abdullah
Producer Tony Trickett
Kamal Abdul Rahim
Sarah Cheng-De Winne
Yin Mei J J Lenden-Hitchcock
"...the production keeps your eyes glued to the stage throughout, and your sympathies invested in the characters. That's bloody good theatre."The Flying Inkpot
"Lovely stuff."The Flying Inkpot
"There is a palpable energy and inventiveness in their ensemble work."The Straits Times Life!
A LETTER FROM A MEMBER OF THE AUDIENCE
I thoroughly enjoyed the performance for all the best reasons. Puay Tin’s script had an epic dimension, yet felt so real. The cast ably presented the vision and resonance in the text. Jonathan’s direction, the set, sound and lighting design made the production come to live. I loved the spare yet entirely sufficient set, and the lights and sound were just right, there but not quite apparent to the viewer absorbed in the action.
I thought the cast was terrific. I refuse to add the qualifier “young” for this would be reductive. The performers were competent, gave of themselves and were professional – which is what we demand of all actors, young or old.
I was gratified to be assured of the future of English language theatre in Singapore. Such good young blood and asked by Jonathan to do a play about Singapore. Wild Rice has done much for local theatre with this excellent Young and Wild programme. I was so glad to be able to share in the first production of this vibrant class.
Congratulations and Best Wishes,