Grandmother Tongue

Company: W!LDRICE

Venue: Creative Cube, Lasalle

Performance: 6 - 10 Jul 2016

Director & Writer: Thomas Lim

Hair Designer: Ashley Lim

Make-up: Make-up Room

Set Designer: CK Chia

Lighting Designer: Petrina Dawn Tan

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.

© 2019 by petrinadawntan.

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