Mother Daughter Eagle Cat (1997)

1 May 1997 – 4 May 1997 @ Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel


My Mother's Chest

A woman returns to her family's old house to sift through the belongings of her newly deceased stepmother, which are locked up in an old wooden chest. 

The intriguing tale of two women's separate yet entangled lived unfolds as the stepdaughter picks out the sometimes bizarre items from the chest. Like a doorway to the past, the old chest brings back haunting images from the past, unveiling a battling relationship filled with stunningly honest passions and hatred. 


The Eagle and The Cat 

A deeply frustrated foreigner finds himself lost in a surrealist Singapore. For some unexplainable reasons, this gentleman is transformed into a cat. Yes, a four-legged feline!

In the process of seeking the way to his human form, and to understand his own problems, he reunites with an eagle from his childhood. 

The audience is invited to go on an odyssey of self-discovery as they follow this man's adventures from the depths of the drainage system to the soaring heights of the twilight sky.

Cast: Neo Swee Lin (My Mother's Chest), Remesh Panicker (The Eagle and The Cat)

Director & Playwright: Kuo Pao Kun
Assistant Director: Jeffrey Tan

Set Designer: Huang Shu Liang (My Mother's Chest), Ng Yak Whee (The Eagle and The Cat)
Lighting Designer: Kuo Jian Hong
Sound Designer: Hon Chung Shih

Stage Manager: Shelen Wong
Photographer: Ho Keen Fi

Light Operator: Sim Yen Tze
Sound Operator: Foo Siew Shyan
Chong Koh Ping
Patricia Cheng Bee Hwee
Lim Pei Ling
Ng Seow Wah
Joan Teo
Heng Guan How

Publicity/Ticketing: Gwen Lee
Usher: Audrey D'cotta
Producer: Jeffrey Tan

(Source: The Theatre Practice Programme)

Productions under this Double Bill


Mother Daughter Eagle Cat (1997), Review
Simply Good Theatre Underneath the melodrama, there is an urgency and poignancy. It was the premiere of the English version of two Chinese monodramas, The Eagle and the Cat written by Kuo Pao Kun and My Mother's Chest by Zhu Cai Zhen. Eagle-Cat invites us into the self-discovery of a Chinese National lost and frustrated in Singapore. This surreal depiction of a man transformed into a cat and back into human form is in contrast to the realistic setting of Chest. With an old chest and
Sherrie Lee
Reviewed: 1 May 1997