25 June 1997 – 26 June 1997 @ Victoria Theatre


The lives of yesterday's Chinese rickshaw coolics and today's construction workers from India is the central theme of TheatreWorks' Workhorse Afloat.

Under the artistic direction of Ong Keng Sen, Workhorse Afloat explores how circumstances in Singapore have come full circle, by juxtaposing the lonely world of Chinese rickshaw coolies dating back from 1880 to 1940, with the Indian workers presently here.

Although most of us have seen these Indian workers in large groups at Little India on weekends, few of us ever wonder about the world they live in. Workhorse Afloat will change that as you're taken on a journey of discovery through a mosaic of real life accounts.

Conceived & Directed: Ong Keng Sen
Writer: Robin Loon 
Video: K Rajagopal, Wu Wenguang
Choreographer: Wenhui

Set Design: Christine Jones
Light Design: Scott Zielinski

K Rajagopal
Lim Yu Beng
Low Kee Hong
Ong Keng Sen
Robin Loon
Rosita Ng
Sharon Lim
Tang Fu Kuen
Wu Wenguang
Musicians: Rosita Ng, Segar s/o Sivanasen 
Featured Performers (Video):
Adrian Lim
Azad Ahamed
Jai Suresh
Loong Seng Onn
V Subramaniam
Velu Gobal Krishnan 

Producer: Tay Tong
Production Management: Elvan Ong, Lisa Porter
Technical Management: Lee Cheng Heng
Stage Management: Esther Tan, Jerome Ng, Lisa Porter, Roziah b Abdul Rahim

Master Electrician: Erik McDaniel
Lighting: Choo Chang Joon
Sound: Paul Chan
Eric Loh
Gail Perera
Low Su Ming
Mervyn Quek
Valerie Oliveiro
Yong Shuh Ying
Collaterals: Leslie Lee, WORK 

(Source: National Arts Council Programme)


Ong Keng Sen
Conceptualizer, Director, Cast
Robin Loon
Playwright, Cast
K Rajagopal
Video, Cast
Wu Wenguang
Video, Cast
Choreographer, Cast
Christine Jones
Set Designer
Scott Zielinkski
Lighting Designer


Festival of Asian Performing Arts (1997), Programme
Programme for Festival of Asian Performing Arts (1997).
National Arts Council
Recorded: 1 June 1997