Sweet, silent Billy (Thomas Pang) feels like an outsider in his family. Billy, you see, happens to be deaf. Dad (Adrian Pang): first-class academic, world-class ass; Mum (Sue Tordoff): mystery novelist, clueless about the mystery of her own family; Sis (Frances Lee): up-and-coming opera singer in a downtown pub; and Big Brother (Gavin Yap): speech expert, hears voices in his head… your typical dysfunctional, eccentric tribe of bohemian weirdos.
When Billy falls in love with an actual “outsider”, Sylvia (Ethel Yap), his world is turned inside out, and he finally wants to be heard. And what he has to say will ear-shatteringly and heart-breakingly prove that actions really do speak louder than words…
A uniquely humorous and profoundly moving look at the complexities of communicating with the ones you love, Tribes won the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play
Drama Centre Theatre
22 May - 7 Jun 2015