ABOUT Don't Sing...
Don’t sing in the kitchen, or you'll marry an old man is a play created in collaboration between two London based as Malaysians, actress Safiah Durrah & writer/ producer Anna Sulan Masing.
This play is in development stage. We performed a work-in-progress evening in August 2015, and have been slowly working on building on that feedback.
We want to build a conversation and a community around home, food and belonging - hence why we have created this website, to talk! We hope to do more shared performances with other artists and writers, as part of the creative process of this play.
The audience will be taken on a journey with the protagonist, Dayang, as she discovers what home means, and how she creates a place to belong in her adopted home of London.
Quintessential Malaysian girl Dayang moved to London 5 years ago, madly in love with a blond haired blued boy from Kent. Homesick and craving her mother's food she set up a Malaysian Market stall in Broadway Market. Business boomed, and she is now a regular on the London Market scene.
This play takes place in London on a Thursday lunchtime as she cooks and serves her daily regulars. It is a month before Dayang turns 30 and this week she needs to signs the final papers of her divorce; and so she starts to question her life, her choices, and what she left behind.
Through cooking for her regulars Dayang learns about her own strengths, her ability to not only survive, but to succeed in her new home of London. And, she discovers who she is and who she has always been – a woman capable of great love and wonderful friendship.
"Welcome to Dayang's chicken curry stall.
Through her mother's recipe Dayang brings you the rich flavours, smells and stories of her home. Wherever home is, it isn’t far when there is a bowl of warm food in front of you."