A man goes in search of his hometown in China with only the scantiest clues to go on. His grandmother could only remember the name of a distant relative, who may or may not be alive in China.
With only that name, the man trawls through the internet for information and zeros in on a place which may or may not be his grandfather’s hometown. The man, so fixated on finding out the truth, may or may not find what he is searching for in the first place.
Director, playwright and actor, Oliver Chong, delivers a monologue about finding oneself in an alien landscape full of strangers who may or may not related to him.
Roots is based on a true story.
Director/ Playwright/ Set Designer/ Performer: Oliver Chong
Lighting Designer: Lim Woan Wen
Sound Artist & Music Composer: Darren Ng
Production Stage Manager: Joanna Goh
Assistant Stage Manager: Celestine Wong
Assistant Lighting Designer/ Lights Operator: Liu Yong Huay
Assistant Sound Designers: Ng Jing, Sarah Sum
Surtitles Operator: Tan Liting
Rehearsal Assistant: Shang Dian Jun
“He fills the stage with a virtuosic performance, drawing from every emotional reserve to create a blazing cast of memorable characters, himself included.”
– The Straits Times
“I can clearly see why it had people raving”
– Today Online
“Roots certainly has its place in Singapore theatre and hopefully will remain relevant for generations to come.”
– Centre 42
The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2013
Production of the Year
Best Script – Oliver Chong