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.
Written by Thomas Lim
Directed by Glen Goei
Starring Janice Koh / Patrick Teoh / Umi Kalthum Ismail