Jeanette Peh — a highly-westernised Singaporean junior college valedictorian — decides to abandon law school to follow her dreams of studying acting in London, where she will also hopefully find her occidental soulmate.
On arrival however, she is dismayed to find that her teacher and classmates labels her as one of the “Asian students”. She adopts a British accent and corrects the British students’ grammar well-meaningly, but that doesn’t seem to boost her popularity. At least she’s doing well in school… until she attends Baptiste Laroche’s acting class.
Monsieur Laroche wants her to perform more honestly by speaking in her native language. There’s just one problem: Jeanette is beginning to realise she doesn’t know what her native language is. In fact, she doesn’t really know who she is at all.
Director: Chong Tze Chien
Playwright / Cast: Jo Tan
Set Designer: Chan Silei
Sound Artist & Music Composer: Darren Ng
Lighting Designer: Lim Woan Wen
“This is what we mean when we say that theatre is a craft. “
– Arts Equator
“ Thematically and aesthetically, Forked has grown into a complex play that leads us down many roads of discovery and contemplation.”
– Centre 42
“Forked is a valiant attempt to find meaning out of a situation plenty of Singaporeans may not be aware of… and asking questions about how we should see ourselves and behave in such situations.”
The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2020
Best Actress – Jo Tan
Best Lighting – Lim Woan Wen