In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Recalling Mother project, Checkpoint Theatre brings you Recalling Mother, a poignant, moving and humourous celebration of motherhood and daughterhood. Written and performed by Claire Wong and Noorlinah Mohamed, Recalling Mother will run from 24 to 27 March 2016 at the Esplanade Theatre Studio.
As long-time friends and fellow theatre artists, Claire and Noorlinah would often meet and talk about their mothers and the complexities of living and not living with them. One mother is Cantonese-speaking and impetuous; the other speaks Malay and is quietly stubborn. Both are smart, sharp and strong. Both are wonderful cooks. What initially began as a conversation between two friends has since evolved into a decade long project which has taken on a life of its own. As a production, it is perhaps the most unique in that each time it has been re-staged, it is always different as life and art parallel each other.
From exploring the language divide with their mothers in 2009 to tackling aging and dependency in 2016, each instalment of Recalling Mother has been revisited, updated and developed further with unstinting honesty and thoughtful craftsmanship. However, it remains at heart an examination of familial relationships and the universal desire to connect and engage: between mother and child, between the daughters and their craft as theatre practitioners, and between artists and the audience.
As the relationships between mother and daughter changes with the passage of time, new questions and issues arise. What happens when the body ages? What does love mean when one’s mind deteriorates and loses lucidity? These questions are explored in Recalling Mother as the audience is invited to follow Claire and Noorlinah as they celebrate the joys and challenges of motherhood and daughterhood.
This play is performed primarily in English with parts in Cantonese and Malay.
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Photo(s) courtesy of Checkpoint Theatre. Photo credit: Joel Lim @ Calibre Pictures.