Amah in the Bathtub
It's 1967 and the women who are members of a British swimming club in colonial Singapore take their social events seriously - but not all of them know what's going on at home.
A young mother, Connie Conport, is particularly clueless about problems developing between her two young boys and their nanny. She has hired an amah, a servant from China, who is a member of a group dedicated to domestic service.
Ah Chat belongs to a sisterhood of 'black and whites'. They wear a traditional uniform and swear an oath to remain celibate. On their rare days off, they meet up at their headquarters, the kongsi house. It's a refuge and a support group. These women are her only family in Singapore.
Elderly Ah Chat has good references - seventeen British families have employed her previously - but this position seems to have serious problems.
Sound Design: Jon Nicholls
Written, directed and produced by Judith Kampfner
A Corporation for Independent Media production for BBC Radio 4.
|Flora Hampton||Alexandra Williamson|
|Donna Simon||Amy Warren|
|Connie Conport||Ruth Moore|
|Rupert Conport||Tom Phelps|
|Brian Conport||Bryn Spender|
|Priscilla Hampton||Suzanne Bertish|
|Sun Yun Wing||Hansel Tan|
|Sylvia Lim||Margaret Leng Tan|
|Ah Sui||Jane Wu|