Esplanade Presents


Recalling Mother: Her Lines, My Lines

An Esplanade Commission
Checkpoint Theatre (Singapore)

15 – 18 Sep 2022

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1hr 15mins

(Intermission: None)

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About the Event
“Her hands, at 8, are washing grains of rice running the grains through her tiny fingers.
My hands, at 8, are grasping a pencil pressing the nib against the pages of my primary school exercise book.”
“Her hands, at 35, cook and clean, cook and clean, cook and clean.
My hands, at 35, type and text, type and text, type and text.”


Mother-daughter relationships are always complex. Their echoes spread across generations. How does time bring a new perspective to the way we relate to our parents? A vivid, affecting portrait of the ties between mothers and daughters, Recalling Mother: Her Lines, My Lines invites you to re-examine this special connection with tenderness, compassion, and empathy. 


Immensely moving and funny, Checkpoint Theatre’s Recalling Mother: Her Lines, My Lines celebrates the joys, trials and intricacies of mother-daughter relationships. A living work that has seen many successive versions, the piece has resonated deeply with global audiences in Singapore, New York, Brisbane and Adelaide since it began its journey in 2006.


Now, in 2022, the conversations evolve further, with changing times, bodies, and relationships creating new bonds and stories. Dynamics shift, love and care become inextricable. Daughters find themselves renegotiating their roles as they grow up and grow old with their parents. 


Shared with verve, generosity and wit, acclaimed theatremakers and friends Claire Wong and Noorlinah Mohamed open an intimate, safe space for all to listen to their stories and recall mother in their own way. 


Writers, Directors, Performers: Claire Wong and Noorlinah Mohamed
Set Designer: Johanna Pan
Lighting & Multimedia Designer: Elizabeth Mak
Sound Designer: Shah Tahir


Audio Description


Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places.


There will be a post-show dialogue after each performance.

Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: English with some Cantonese & Malay
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Date & Time

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15 Sep 2022, Thu


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16 Sep 2022, Fri


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17 Sep 2022, Sat


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18 Sep 2022, Sun


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There will be a post-show dialogue after each performance.
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