A Thai brother and sister get together every two years to commemorate their deceased father in a traditional Chinese ceremony. They cook, eat, chat and joke about nothing in particular. In their conversation they move effortlessly through the shared, divisive memories of their father and the current peculiarities of their separate everyday lives. There are moments that testify to a deep bond between the siblings and others that exhibit cool indifference. In This Song Father Used to Sing (Three Days in May) the author and director Wichaya Artamat – whom the Thai press has already hailed as a masterful tracker of everyday life despite his youth, but who is still completely unknown in Europe – stages unobtrusively a beautiful ritual of commemoration. The two extraordinary actors present lively, authentic dialogues interspersed with sarcasm, misunderstandings and cheesy lyrics by folk heroes. Anyone who believes that theatre has to be larger than life will find proof of the opposite here.
- Artistic Team
Text Wichaya Artamat, Jaturachai Srichanwanpen, Parnrut Kritchanchai Direction Wichaya Artamat With Jaturachai Srichanwanpen, Parnrut Kritchanchai, Saifah Tanthana Scenography Ben Busarakamwong Technical Direction, Lighting Design Chettapat Kheankheo Music Video Atikhun Adulpocatorn Stage Management Pathipon Adsavamahapong Producer Sasapin Siriwanij
Production For What Theatre
Premiere July 2015, Crescent Moon Space (Bangkok)
Wichaya Artamat is a playwright and director. He started working in the field of theatre as a project coordinator for Bangkok Theatre Festival 2008. He joined New Theatre Society in 2009 and became a director recognised for various experimental forms and unconventional theatrical approach. Wichaya Artamat is especially interested in exploring how the society remembers and unremembers its history through certain calendar days. He co-founded For What Theatre in 2015, he is also a member of Sudvisai Club and Collective Thai Scripts.