Start the new year right with these light-hearted comedies

It’s a brand new year, and with that comes a whole slew of new things to be done. While you may still be adjusting to 2021—not to mention Singapore’s Phase 3—why not go ahead and catch some new plays to see what’s up?

Come Jan 14, local theatre darling Wild Rice will be kicking off its Q1 2021 season that promises three original plays, including and starting with a rerun of Grandmother Tongue. Below, check out what the beloved troupe has to offer.

If you have yet to return to the theatres, this will be the best opportunity to do so.
 

Grandmother Tongue
 

Back by popular demand following two sold-out runs, Thomas Lim’s hilarious yet heartbreaking Grandmother Tongue will revisit a young man’s struggle to connect with his 84-year-old Teochew-speaking grandmother. Exploring Singapore’s mother tongue policy and the erasure of dialect in modern times, the relatable yet insightful piece is a must-watch this January. Jan 14-31
 

The Amazing Celestial Race
 

Gather the family and ring in Chinese New Year 2021 with Wild Rice when you catch The Amazing Celestial Race. This is a new and exciting play that reimagines the ancient Chinese folk tale about the fierce competition which ultimately determined the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac calendar. Directed by the company’s Co-Artistic Director Glen Goei and featuring a cheeky script by Dwayne Lau, the production promises a good time for everyone from ages five to 95. Feb 19- Mar 21
 

The Other F Word
 

It’s no expletive, but it might as well be. Having observed assumptions, stereotypes and implications associated with the word ‘fat’, actress Miriam Cheong will make her playwriting debut while starring in this candid piece which examines weight, health and a societal obsession with thinness. See the play make its world premiere in March, that’s after you catch Cheong in The Late Night Show with Xiao Ming, of course. Mar 24-28