No Parking On Odd Days and The Coffin Is Too Big For The Hole are two of late theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun’s most famous monologues. Both works have been staged in English and Mandarin numerous times since they were written in the mid-1980s. In this double bill, Nelson Chia — the artistic director of Nine Years Theatre — works with actors Hang Qian Chou and Tay Kong Hui to explore the cultural sentiments and grassroots sensibilities of these plays by staging them in Chinese dialects. Come catch this double bill showcase performed in Cantonese and Teochew.
No Parking On Odd Days examines the rigidity — and sometimes absurdity — of bureaucracy through a series of confrontations that a man has with the authorities over parking tickets.
The Coffin Is Too Big For The Hole is centred on a man who has been tasked to oversee the funeral of his grandfather. It emerges that the grand coffin is too large to fit into the standard-sized grave that has been dug at the cemetery, so the man ends up fighting an uphill battle against government bureaucracy.
No Parking On Odd Days &
The Coffin Is Too Big For The Hole
Kuo Pao Kun
Directed by Nelson Chia.
Presented by Silver Arts Festival 2017
Produced by Nine Years Theatre
Performed in Cantonese and Teochew, with Chinese
and English surtitles.
Date and time
9 Sept (Sat) - 10 Sept (Sun) 2017
Sun: 11am & 3pm
Our Tampines Hub, Festive Arts Theatre.
Written by Kuo Pao Kun
Directed by Nelson Chia
Hang Qian Chou (No Parking On Odd Days)
Tay Kong Hui (The Coffin Is Too Big For The Hole)
Photo Credit: Centre 42
This programme was originally part of The Vault: Dialects & Dialectics, a programme of Centre 42. It was first performed in May 2017 at Centre 42, created/directed by Nelson Chia.