A Hokkien Play? No Big Problem!

By Julia Tan

September 2018 REVIEW
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The stage at Sinkeh Studio is dimly lit; the vibe is electric, the performers pregnant with emotion. Nancy, Beh Hu Beng (or “Fishmonger Beng” in Hokkien) and Ah Boy have a huge problem: “How frustrating it is to be alive!” they sing in chorus… in Hokkien! I get very excited every time I hear about a Hokkien play – even more so if it is performed in Penang Hokkien – simply because there aren’t that many of them. After all,...

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Julia Tan

went to primary and secondary school at Convent Pulau Tikus before continuing sixth form at St. Xavier’s Institution; any other school was out of the question. She misses the fried rice at the school canteen, and laments the passing of the wan tan mee lady.