5 - 15 July 2018
Flexible Performance Space, LASALLE College of the Arts
67-year old Teck, a prickly retiree, has just suffered a stroke that leaves one side of his body paralysed. When he insists on moving back home, Jenny, his brusque, no-nonsense daughter, decides to hire a caregiver. Enter Yanti, a young Indonesian domestic worker who has never been to Singapore.
At first, Yanti dutifully follows the detailed regime that Jenny has drawn up. But Teck has his own stubborn opinions on how he should be cared for. Sometimes, Yanti defies Jenny’s instructions and gives in to Teck’s demands for rich, unhealthy food. The two develop an unlikely friendship based on hiding secrets from Jenny. And yet, somehow, Jenny always has a way of finding out exactly what’s going on...
Supervision marks Thomas Lim’s eagerly anticipated return to the Singapore Theatre Festival, where his first play, Grandmother Tongue, played to full houses in 2016. In this funny, tense and insightful new work, he asks pressing questions about privacy and dignity. What boundaries do we set up between us and those we consider strangers? And what happens when they are breached?
The 7.30pm performance on 7 July, Saturday, will be simultaneously interpreted in Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
IMDA Rating: Advisory (Some Mature Content)
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Written by Thomas Lim
Directed by Glen Goei
Set Designer Wong Chee Wai
Lighting designer Tai Zi Feng
Sound Designer/ Engineer Paul Searles
Multimedia Designer Andrew Ng & Koo Chia Meng
Hair Designer/ Stylist Ashley Lim
Make-up Designer The Make Up Room
Production Manager Pebble Tan
Stage Manager Sunitha Nayar
Producer Tony Trickett
Umi Kalthum Ismail
“Teoh is masterful as the cantankerous, sharp-witted Teck…Umi, who plays Yanti with a winning openness of spirit, have a remarkable camaraderie that lays the groundwork for a heart-wrenching ending scene...Janice plays Jenny with just enough pathos to be sympathetic…”The Straits Times
“Supervision may touch on big, national themes of surveillance and xenophobia, but at its heart, works because of the strong story and characters that hold it all together… One will leave the theatre bleary-eyed with tears at the relatability of the story…”Bakchormeeboy.com
“Balancing the emotional tension without losing sight on the discussion of supervision and dignity throughout the play, the actors bring the text to life… It is almost too familiar for comfort – and this is where the play succeeds.”Popspoken.com