• Black Box teater
  • Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival
  • 5–14 March 2020
  • Performances, installations, talks,
    seminars and festival club
  • Wichaya Artamat / For What Theatre
  • This Song Father Used to Sing (Three Days in May)
  • Tuesday 10, 19.00
  • Wednesday 11, 19.00
  • Thursday 12, 19.00

Two siblings come together every month of May to commemorate their late father. Being of Thai-Chinese origin, they perform a traditional Chinese ceremony in memory of their father. Still, death is often accompanied by the trivialities of everyday life. Their conversation starts drifting and soon they discuss topics like late celebrities, ex-crushes or work. They eat, drink and pull jokes on each other as siblings often do. Ancient culture is mixed with contemporary pop-culture and the current political challenges of Thailand in this witty, yet moving and well-written drama. 

Dramatist and theater maker Wichaya Artamat is especially interested in exploring how society is remembering and “unremembering” its history through certain calendar days. The play premiered in 2015 and was awarded Best Play by the International Association of Theatre Critics in 2016. While his work is still unknown in a Nordic context, the Thai press has described him as a masterful tracker of everyday life. Wichaya Artamat is one of the most promising theater makers in Southeast Asia.

 

Press:

“… another example of brilliant playwriting.” – Pawit Mahasarinand, The Nation

“With its naturalistic and engaging dialogue and vivid sensory details, the play proves Wichaya to be a master of the mundane.” – Amitha Amranand, Dance & Theatre Review

  • Script: Wichaya Artamat, Jaturachai Srichanwanpen, Parnrut Kritchanchai
  • Director: Wichaya Artamat
  • Cast: Jaturachai Srichanwanpen, Parnrut Kritchanchai
  • Technical director & Lighting designer: Pornpan Arayaveerasid
  • Scenographer: Rueangrith Suntisuk
  • Music video: Atikhun Adulpocatorn 
  • Stage manager: Pathipon Adsavamahapong 
  • Producer: Sasapin Siriwanij    

Duration: 110 minutes.

In Thai, with English subtitles.

The politics of an unpolitical story: a text by Tomorn Sookprecha,
Thai writer and critic, commissioned by Kunsten Festival des Arts and published in May 2019.

FRI KUNST: We had a word with Wichaya Artamat about his viewpoints on artistic freedom. Click to read!