“Heartbreaking, devastating and disorientating…Makes your brain hum with the unique potential of theatre: this is the perfect unity of form and content.”

The Independent

Synopsis

André has lost his beloved watch again. His daughter and her husband are behaving very oddly. There is an unseen presence in his home playing cruel tricks on him. And as he fights his demons and drowns in his murky memories, he is beginning to question his own sanity and identity…

The Father is a poignant and devastating exploration of a 70-year-old man’s deteriorating mind as he sinks under the frightening weight of dementia, and loses his grip on the sanctuary of his home and security of his loved ones. As his mind unravels and his reality continues to warp, we begin to perceive his morphing, crumbling world the way he does, with family members becoming strangers, and strangers turning out to be something even more sinister.

Pangdemonium hopes that this compelling production will inspire people to reach out to those in our community with dementia, as well as their caregivers who are suffering in silence and fear.

Nominated for Best Play at the Olivier and Tony Awards, The Father is part family drama, part thriller, part mind-bending puzzle. A tale told with gripping suspense, brutal honesty, and profound compassion, it asks the urgent question: When you’re losing everything you know and love, who will care?

Credits

Written by
Florian Zeller

Directed by
Tracie Pang

Starring
Lim Kay Siu
Tan Kheng Hua
Janice Koh
Adrian Pang
Frances Lee
Keagan Kang


Reviews

  • “A savagely honest study of dementia…Makes us see things through the confused eyes of one man, as he struggles to make sense of a progressively befuddling world.”
    — The Guardian
  • “An unqualified triumph…Will speak to anyone who has watched a relative disappear off into clouds of unknowingness, and to anyone who dreads the terrifying loss of identity caused by Alzheimer’s. In an age that can prolong our lives without ring-fencing our mental faculties, that’s almost everyone.”
    — The Telegraph