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New local drama has characters speaking English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil

128 Circle, set in a hawker centre, features a multiracial cast and tells the stories of those who live and work in the neighbourhood.

New local drama has characters speaking English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil

The cast of 128 Circle (L-R): Sharon Ismail, Ashwini Nambiar, Duan Wei Ming, Jitenram Kiran Bala, Peggy Tan, Candice Tan, Adele Wong, Jae Liew, Caryn Cheng, Constance Lau and Chase Tan. (Photo: Mediacorp)

A new drama, titled 128 Circle, aims to faithfully reflect the lives and times of Singaporeans living and working in the heartlands. Characters will speak a mix of English and their mother tongues.

Starring popular and veteran actors Jae Liew, Daren Tan, Constance Lau, Chase Tan, Duan Wei Ming, Silvarajoo Prakasam, Sharon Ismail, Ashwini Nambiar and more, 128 Circle’s 15 episodes will tell the story of a community of hawkers at the titular 128 Circle Food Centre. “128” is meant to sound like “want to eat”.

Filmed on location at Ci Yuan Hawker Centre at Hougang Avenue 9, the show is produced by Weiyu Films and directed by its founder, Lee Thean-jeen.

“Weiyu Films is delighted for the opportunity to collaborate with Mediacorp in bringing this landmark production to our viewers,” Lee said. “I could not think of a better way to showcase our multi-faceted society than the humble hawker centre, which in 128 Circle, serves as the perfect backdrop to explore the colourful and rich interactions between different races in Singapore. The stories that these hawkers tell are raw but very relatable to every Singaporean.”

Irene Lim, Chief Customer Officer, Mediacorp said: “128 Circle is set in a hawker centre, an icon of Singapore culture and a much loved destination where Singaporeans from all walks of life congregate. The setting reveals the rich diversity of our heritage while the use of multiple languages reflects our different voices in a fresh, authentic way. At the heart of what Mediacorp does is telling relatable stories that are close to the hearts of Singaporeans and celebrate our unique identity. 128 Circle tells our stories.”

In conjunction with the launch of 128 Circle, Mediacorp will also be launching an original comedy podcast related to the series, available from Oct 7 on Mediacorp’s digital audio destination, MeRadio. Here, Gurmit Singh, Mark Lee and Fiza O will discuss Singapore’s unique culture and hawker habits.

The first two episodes of 128 Circle are available on Toggle, with new episodes on alternate Mondays. Also available on Channel 5 every Monday starting Oct 7 at 9.30pm.

Source: CNA/my

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