“Transformation Trilogy” Season, Tribes – Pangdemonium


“The best-written, best-plotted, deepest, most daring and funniest new play in recent years.” – Wall Street Journal

“Electrifying theatre not to be missed!” – Broadwayworld.com

“A comic tour de force!” – Variety

As part of the 2015 “Transformation Trilogy” Season, Pangdemonium returns with Tribes – a humorous and heartbreaking play about love, family and communicating with the ones you love – from 22 May to 7 June 2015 at the Drama Centre Theatre.

2 Tribes tells the story of a dysfunctional and eccentric household, centering around Billy (newcomer Thomas Pang), who happens to be the sole deaf member of his family. Billy is constantly drowned out by the voices of Dad (Adrian Pang): first class academic, world class idiot; Mum (Susan Tordoff): mystery novelist who is 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 who hears voices in his head. But when Billy falls in love with Sylvia (Ethel Yap) who is herself rapidly losing her hearing, his world is turned inside out, and he finally wants to be heard. This will be Ethel Yap and Thomas Pang’s debut production with Pangdemonium.


3 A unique production that aims to reach out to new audiences, including the deaf community in Singapore, Tribes will stage its Gala Night on 23 May with a performance accompanied by sign language interpretation. Artistic Directors Tracie and Adrian Pang: “We have been working closely with members of the deaf community in this production to gain a deeper understanding and insight into their lives, and some of the cast members have also been learning sign language for the last couple of months to prepare for their roles. Ultimately, Tribes is a moving and powerful story examining communication, new beginnings and the inextricable bonds of family.”

4 A uniquely humorous and profoundly moving look at family ties, self-identity, and the complexities of communicating with the ones you love, Tribes won the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.

Tribes by Nina Raine
Venue: Drama Centre Theatre
Dates: 22 May – 7 June 2015
Times: Tue to Sun, 8pm; Sat 3pm and 8pm Prices: $30 – $70
Ticket purchase: www.sistic.com.sg

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