My Grandfather's Road 阿爺條路

Arts & Culture

Date: Thursday, 14 Jun to Sunday, 17 Jun

Time: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Venue: Centre 42 Performance Art Theatre

Website: Visit Site

Neo Kim Seng X Karen Tan X Tan Cher Kian X Gary Tang

My Grandfather’s Road is a theatre project of stories about growing up on a road named after my grandfather called Neo Pee Teck Lane, along Pasir Panjang Road, until I moved out in 1973. The text was written as fragments of stories and memories as I was unable to recall everything clearly.

The stories were presented as works in progress by Cake Theatrical Productions in 2015 in English, and by Centre 42 in 2017 in Cantonese, all performed as monologues.

From piecing together my grandfather’s past to idyllic carefree childhood days to innocent observations of mortality, from Pasir Panjang to Changi, from family holidays to Penang to snippets of the history and policies of the changing times, the monologues looked back at the past to reconnect with the present and vice versa – written from the voice of a 10 year old and reflecting on them 40 years later.

This June, I will be putting together the two Cantonese versions developed in November 2017 and this time they will be performed back-to-back. It will open with the first person narrative version, followed by the storyteller version, written and performed by Tan Cher Kian and Gary Tang, respectively. With variations of the same stories, updated information and speculations, who is telling the truth and/or the real stories?

Karen Tan will be performing in the premiere of the full-length English version of My Grandfather’s Road.

Very often, we do not realise that our personal stories all contribute to create the social fabric we live in and make us who we are as a people because they ultimately form the story of our homeland.

- Kim Seng

English Version – Performed by Karen Tan

Thu 14 June 2018, 8pm

Fri 15 June 2018, 3pm

Sat 16 June 2018, 8pm

Cantonese Version – Performed by Tan Cher Kian & Gary Tang (with English surtitles)

Fri 15 June 2018, 8pm

Sat 16 June 2018, 3pm

Sun 17 June 2018, 2.30pm

Venue: Centre 42, 42 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187951

Tickets: $25 & $18 (Concession for Seniors, Students & NSFs)

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Supported by National Arts Council, Singapore & Arts Fund

My Grandfather's Road was first commission by Cake Theatrical Productions in 2015. The Vault: My Grandfather's Road, a programme of Centre 42, was first performed in 2017 at Centre 42.