A profoundly touching story, Funeral investigates in a time ruled by pragmatism and whether traditional funerals have lost their meaning and significance.
The story revolves around a Chinese family mourning the loss of the father. The father of the deceased wishes to have a traditional funeral, whereas his grandson does not believe in rites and ceremonies and wishes to do away with it. The play asks whether funerals are grandiose farewells to the deceased or symbolic atonement of regrets and guilt for the living.
This original script by NUS Chinese Drama is underpinned by a year of research through forum theatre performances, site visits to hospices, a scriptwriting competition and workshops exploring different perspectives on death and how our Asian moral values influence views on life and death.
Funeral brings together a cast of talented student actors directed by Zelda Tatiana Ng and mentored by Li Xie, principal tutor of NUS Chinese Drama.