Wichaya Artamat / For What Theatre This Song Father Used to Sing (Three Days in May)

© Wichaya Artamat

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.

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