24-Hour Playwriting Competition, Communication Problem, Competition, Conflict, Cooking, Devotion, Devout, Expectations, Family, Food, Humour, Intergenerational Tension, Islam, Motherly Love, Muslim, One-Woman Show, Parent, Parenting, Perfection, Playwriting, TheatreWorks Writing and Community Programme, Tradition And Change,
Serunding is the winning script from the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition (Open Category) 2010. It was the first winning play to premiere in two performance tours to the South East District in 2010 and 2011. This one-woman play stirs the voice of Safiah to life like a perfect dish of serunding. A Malay homemaker, Safiah’s belief as a devout Muslim and her parental expectations fall into conflict with her children. She also suffers tedious ties with her mother-in-law Sofea Jane. Told through humour, food, and many phone calls, Serunding draws us to the heart and the pain of a mother’s love. A spicy and sweet expression of the Singapore family caught at the centre of cultural values and modern living.
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