The Vault: Dialects & Dialectics was presented in three showcases on 5 & 6 May 2017.
Nelson Chia, the artistic director of Nine Years Theatre, directed “No Parking on Odd Days” and “The Coffin Is Too Big For The Hole”, monologues written by late theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun. In an exploration of cultural sentiments and grassroots sensibilities, Nelson had actors Hang Qian Chou and Tay Kong Hui perform the monologues in Chinese dialects — “No Parking” in Cantonese and “Coffin” in Teochew.
A 72-minute recording of one of the showcases can be viewed below:
The Vault: Dialects and Dialectics revisits two monologues by the late local theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun: No Parking On Odd Days and The Coffin Is Too Big For The Hole. Nine Years Theatre’s artistic director Nelson Chia explores the cultural sentiments and grassroots sensibilities of these plays by staging them in Cantonese and Teochew respectively. Find out more here.