A Play That's Truly Singaporean - Don't Miss It [FREE Admission]

An Original Theatre Production, focused on the contributions of the Sikhs in Singapore. Set in the 1930s in the same neighbourhood, this play returns the lesser-known figures from local history to the fields, streets, canals, and homes of the Serangoon Road area.

The lives of a Sikh dairyman, moneylender, and guard are the main streams through which this story explores the decisions of early migrants to settle in Singapore. Their lives are braided together with that of others on the island, each adding a meander to the course of the story. Together, they remind us that we have always been familiar strangers on this island. 

Staged by the newly formed initiative Singapore Indian Theatre and Film Explorers and directed by award winning director, Saleem Hadi, this promises to be an interesting evening.  We caught up with a few members of the  multi-racial cast.

First up, we have Mark Seow, 39 who is a corporate trainer, actor and emcee by profession. 

Tell us something interesting about yourself
I am part-time pet sitter as well. I usually take care of cats and dogs. No elephants and camels so far.

Share with us about your experience in Sikhs of Serangoon

Wonderful. The energy on stage is something I enjoy and look forward to. We got a good mix of cast to work with. Overall, the idea of staging a community performance right in the heart of Little India is always an exciting thing. 

I feel that I have gained the experience of immersing in the Sikh culture, not something you learn in school. Personally, I learnt about  Sikhism and how Sikhs came about in Singapore.

So what is your role in this play?

I play Towkay Tan and he is a successful pineapple plantation owner back in the 1930s. He is generally a nice guy. But he still has the typical mannerisms of being an immigrant from Mainland China. Although he is a Towkay, he does not show off his wealth. He is respectful to the rest of  the community. 

Next we caught up Noor Jannah Jani, who plays Khatijah who is the pregnant wife of a horse trainer.  Noor Jannah who works in data entry also has a YouTube channel where she educates song signing. It refers to the art of singing in sign language.
How has the experience been... Did you face any challenges?

Each and every moment is a blessing. I got to meet new people and see this as an opportunity to unlock my potential. I happen to be a little forgetful. Sometimes I talk to myself in an attempt to memorise my lines. Balancing work and thrice a week rehearsal is not easy to manage. But it has been an enriching journey.

Lastly we caught up with Mr Satwant Singh, a senior practising lawyer in Singapore. He is the oldest member of the cast who plays the character of Randeep Singh.

How has this journey been for you?

I am the oldest Jaga in the play. I have learnt quite a bit in this journey, the lines, the discipline, both on and off stage, acting with other co-actors. 

I think this play is important. It is also timely in the sense, many of the younger generation do not even know what a jaga is. It has become an obsolete term. Nowadays, we have security officers. What this play has done is to bring us closer to our ancestor's times and understand what forefathers have gone through. It is an excellent play, really well thought out.

Why should one watch this play?

They get to see a glimpse of the history of Singapore in the 1930s. You get to learn about the role of the Sikhs and how they were seen as the bastions of security. They gave trust to the bosses and the Kampung. The Singh is here and it will be safe. It is a good mix of people from different races. People must come and watch this play.


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