Theatre

Grandmother Tongue

Organised by: WILD RICE
  • Date:
    2 - 19 Apr 2020
  • Time:
    Tue - Fri: 7:30pm
    Sat & Sun: 2:30pm & 7:30pm
  • Duration:
    1h 15min
  • Venue:
    WILD RICE Funan, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre
    WILD RICE Funan, The Ngee Ann Kongsi TheatreWILD RICE Funan, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre
  • Admission:
    $25 - $60

    Season Pass [Valid till 25 Apr 2020]
    15% Discount for Standard Ticket
    [Available through All SISTIC Channels]

    WILD RICE ANGELS [Valid till 19 Apr 2020]
    15% Discount for Standard Ticket
    [Available through All SISTIC Channels]
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    American Express® CapitaCard & American Express® Card Members [Valid till 19 Apr 2020]
    10% Discount for Standard Ticket
    [Available through All SISTIC Channels]

    SAFRA Card [Valid till 19 Apr 2020]
    10% Discount for SAFRA Card
    [Verification: Present valid member card upon purchase of tickets at SISTIC authorised agents]
    [Available through SISTIC authorised agents and Online Link only]

    Student / Senior Citizen / NSF [Valid till 19 Apr 2020]
    10% Discount for Student (Local/Overseas) / Senior Citizen (aged 55 & above) / NSF
    [Verification: Present valid ID / Student Pass / SAF 11B (Military IC)]
    [Patron unable to present proof of eligibility are required to upgrade their concession ticket to full price tickets]
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Synopsis:

Part of WILD RICE 20 in 2020 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.

Back by popular demand after two sell-out runs, 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.

Grandmother Tongue


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