“Am I Old?” by Sharul Channa
April 24 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pmS$40
Savitri, a 68-year-old, Singaporean retired school teacher, is looking for something exciting to do. So she tries stand-up comedy for the first time.
That is the premise of Am I Old?, a comedic monologue written and performed by local comedy pioneer Sharul Channa. This show was staged four times over the weekend of 6-8 March, 2020, at Drama Centre Black Box at National Library and there were six virtual shows of, ‘Am I old?’ on ZOOM during the lockdown, making it the first virtual theatrical perfomance that took place during the pandemic.
Over the past two years, Channa has proven her ability to use comedy to shed light on important, and sometimes neglected, social issues in Singapore. In 2017, she deconstructed misogyny at Indian weddings with Sharul Weds Sharul, performed to sold-out theatres at The Esplanade and at The Darwin Festival in Australia. In 2018, she cycled through multiple characters in Disco Sheela and Other Indian Superwomen, a show that left “listeners breathless with laughter, and in the next moment, unable to breathe because the truth hurts” (The Straits Times, LIFE!).
Most recently, in a performance that earned her a Best Actress nomination at The Straits Times LIFE! Theatre Awards, Channa highlighted the plight of women living below the poverty line in Singapore, in her landmark solo 2019 piece, Crazy Poor Sita.
Billed as an International Women’s Day 2020 special, Am I Old? presents the same actress-comedian, the same passion and the same razor-sharp truth: this time directed at ageing. Armed with nothing but her PAssion Card and her Pioneer Generation Package, Savitri is ready to hit you with her best punchlines about unrequited love, being a caregiver and, of course, coming to terms with age. After all, her rallying cry is “old woman, new jokes”!
Tickets to Am I Old? are currently available from KLOOK.
There will be a panel discussion after the performance with MP Carrie Tan (Nee Soon South) and others, moderated by Shailey Hingorani of AWARE (whose 2019 eldercare report “Make Care Count” provided foundational research for this show).
Date and Timing: Sat, 24th April 2021, 8pm (ONE SHOW ONLY)
*There will be a panel discussion at the end of the show.
Venue: Drama Centre, 100 Victoria Street Level 3, National Library Building, Singapore 188064
Ticket price: (Standard) $40
Tickets from KLOOK : https://www.klook.com/activity/55797-am-i-old-comedy-singapore/
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