Actor, Forty by The Necessary Stage
3 to 6 February 2017
3pm and 8pm
Esplanade Theatre Studio
Blurring the lines between actor and character, Yeo plays an actress who has just been cast in a contemporary remake of Summer Snow《女人四十》, a 1995 Hong Kong film about a 40-something woman dealing with difficult family issues. The actress has a secret that she is struggling to keep under wraps—she is turning 40 and expecting her first child. Faced with the challenge of juggling a globetrotting job and raising a child, she confronts her hopes and fears. Will she still be able to find meaning in her career, and also play to perfection what could be her most challenging role yet—becoming a mother?
Actor, Forty features Golden Horse Award-winner Yeo Yann Yann returning to the Chinese theater stage in a special Huayi commission.This new original monolog sees Yeo collaborating with Cultural Medallion recipients, director Alvin Tan and playwright Haresh Sharma of The Necessary Stage. Candid and conversational, it examines the myriad identities that we take on and cast off in life—just as an actor does when she adopts different roles.
Performed in Mandarin, with some English, Cantonese, Hokkien, with English and Chinese surtitles
Directed by Alvin Tan Written by Haresh Sharma Performed by Yeo Yann Yann