Esplanade Presents | Feed Your Imagination (F.Y.I)


Verena Tay’s The Car (Schools)

By Our Company (Singapore)
1hr 30mins (no intermission)
Esplanade Theatre Studio

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Recommended for students aged 13 – 15 years old.

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(Primary and Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges and Centralised Institute)

Schools are able to use the TOTE Board Arts Grant subsidy of up to 50% of the ticket price. For every 20 student tickets purchased per performance, one complimentary teacher ticket will be issued.

For every 100 tickets purchased of the same show title, five additional complimentary tickets will be issued for the same production.

The complimentary offer is only available if the purchases are made in a single transaction for the same show title.

Ticket pricing indicated excludes $3 SISTIC booking fee.


SPED schools

SPED schools are able to use the TOTE Board Arts Grant subsidy of up to 70% of the ticket price.

For every 10 student tickets purchased per performance, two complimentary teacher tickets will be issued.

The complimentary ticket offer is only available if the purchases are made in a single transaction for the same show title.

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When her father dies, a young lady is left with his favourite car, a vintage Fiat Marvellete. Except for brief moments in her childhood, her memories of her father and the car are fraught with difficulty and resentment. All grown up now, she wrestles with the scars inflicted by her father's misguided expressions of love and his own insecurities, and tries to come to terms with his death. Will she find it in herself to forgive her father? Can she learn to understand his perspectives and find some good in him? And just what should she do with his old, decrepit, and unusually talkative car?

Written by Verena Tay, the play explores the bonds between a father and his daughter, growing pains, and the fear of being left behind. This isn't the happiest of family stories, but it takes a long hard look at the complexities of being a parent, and the consequences of a love wielded unthinkingly.

Students will be involved in a post-show discussion to engage further with the text, and to encourage critical thinking. Do parts of the story echo with their own family relationships? How might they have reacted to their parent if they find themselves in similar circumstances? How does the personification of the car add to the play?

Learning Objectives

  • Reflect on the theme of familial relationships
  • Question and challenge values that are thought of as part of Singaporean society
  • Understand how personification is used as a literary device to effectively convey meaning and purpose

Ying Xuan - Director
Julie Wee - Cast (Girl)
Faizal - Cast (Car)
Henry Heng - Cast (Man)

Set Designer - Koh Qian Wei
Lighting Designer - Manuel Garrido
Sound Designer - Ryann Othniel Seng
Art Director - Augustine Tan
Production and Stage Manager - Daryl Norman Soh
Assistant Production and Stage Manager - Musfirah Kamsin

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