Kopitiam

Project Lead: Bright Ong

Kopitiam is a story of love, separation and reminiscence. Set in a small coffeeshop that is run by an old couple, Kopitiam looks at how an old-school eatery has to deal with changes when one day, tragedy falls upon it. A show that tells a tale of life and love, Kopitiam looks to explore what it means to lose a part of us that we have always known, and how we will deal with the change as time goes by; and how do we treat the past as we move into the future.

This puppet show is a tribute letter to all that are familiar with the kopitiam, and a last glance at the changing landscape of our world as we inevitably lose another heritage icon.

Recommended age: 5 to 10 years old

(“Kopitiam” means “coffee shop” in Hokkien, a Chinese dialect. It’s a term that is commonly used in the region of Singapore and Malaysia, and usually refers to a standalone shop that mainly serves a style of coffee, tea and various types of toasted bread that is particular to both countries.)

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