Made in Singapore: Rising Son

After watching the 1st 2 of the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT)’s trio of Made in Singapore productions, we decided to watch the 3rd one. Rising Son is written by Dick Lee, as the 1st part of his Family Trilogy series. Set against the backdrop of the Japanese occupation, it tells the coming-of-age stories of his father, aunt and a Japanese army lawyer next door. Overall, the play is quite entertaining, with a short interview with Dick Lee at the end of the play. Looking forward to his Part 2 and 3 🙂


Rising Son is set during the Japanese invasion and occupation of Singapore between 1941 and 1945. 18 year-old Sunny (Tan Shou Chen) is enlisted as an ambulance orderly when the bombing starts, and does his best to protect his naïve, but headstrong, younger sister Ruby (Song Hui Xuan) from the horrific realities of war.

When the occupation begins, and Singapore becomes Syonan-To, the siblings meet a young Japanese army lawyer (Caleb Goh) who has moved into the house next door. An awkward friendship develops between the three in the years that follow, which affects their experiences of the war.



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