Theatre, Festival

Citizen X 大国民

Organised by: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: The Finger Players
  • Date:
    19 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Time:
    Fri & Mon: 8:00pm
    Sat & Sun: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
  • Duration:
    1h 15min (no intermission)
  • Venue:
    Esplanade Theatre Studio
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  • Language:
    Performed in Mandarin and Teochew, with English surtitles.

Synopsis:

In 1928, China's Liu Shuo Tian set sail from Swatow Harbour to Singapore. In 1998, his grandson Liu Xiaoyi began his journey towards Singapore from Swatow Airport. Their paths never crossed; Liu Shuo Tian was a muffled memory framed in a family photo, and Liu Xiaoyi but a name in the family almanac, the erosion of its imprint slow but sure. One story, two lives, 70 years apart; the uncanny overlap of their journeys down south, and how their fates seem to be inextricably entwined.

Inspired by real-life events, and spanning a century, Citizen X traces the great migration towards Nanyang from the 1920s, spanning tumultuous events in China's history. These include the war with Japan, the Civil War, Cultural Revolution and the eventual economic reforms and opening up of the country. Follow the waves of change and its impact on this family rooted in nothing but flux, their fates and future determined by change and change alone.

Following successful collaborations on Citizen Pig in 2013 and Citizen Dog in 2018, Oliver Chong and Liu Xiaoyi embark on the long-awaited last instalment in their 'Citizen' trilogy.

Citizen X is written and performed by Liu Xiaoyi and directed by Oliver Chong.

Director / Set Designer: Oliver Chong
Playwright / Cast: Liu Xiaoyi
Sound Design & Operations: Ctrl Fre@k (Lee Yew Jin)
Lighting Designer: Gabriel Chan

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1928年,民国才子刘硕田在汕头码头登上了开往新加坡的帆船;1998年,他的孙子刘晓义在中国汕头机场登上了前往新加坡的航班。相隔七十年的两人素未谋面:刘硕田只是挂在家中老照片里的一个模糊面孔;刘晓义只是族谱末端一个渐行渐远的名字。但是祖孙两人在这条南下的航线上身影重叠却又擦肩而过,命运唇齿相连。

改编自真实事件,横跨近百年历史——二十世纪二十年代的下南洋移民潮,三四十年代的抗日战争,四十年代末的中国内战,五六十年代之后中国共产党展开的阶级斗争,六七十年代的文化大革命,以及之后的改革开放浪潮,到底对这个在风雨中飘零的家族带来了怎样的巨大冲击?

新加坡剧场黄金组合——钟达成与刘晓义继2013年的《大猪民》和2018年的《大狗民》之后,再度携手推出三部曲的完结篇《大国民》,由钟达成执导,刘晓义编剧并演出。

导演 / 舞台设计:钟达成
剧本 / 演员:刘晓义
音乐创作:Ctrl Fre@k (Lee Yew Jin)
灯光设计:陈伟文

Citizen X 大国民


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