WILD RICE 20 in 2020 Season – Grandmother Tongue
An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until April 19, 2020
2 – 19 April 2020
Tuesday – Saturday: 7.30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 2.30pm
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.
Signed Performance: 11 Apr 2020, Sat 7.30pm
Audio-Described Performance: 19 Apr 2020, Sat 2.30pm (Touch tour will begin at 1.30pm)