17 November 2023 – 19 November 2023 @ Singtel Waterfront Theatre, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay


Hijinks and humour abound in Mari Kita Main Wayang (Let’s Stage A Play)!

This play-within-a-play follows a group of Peranakans who come together to stage Empat Bini, an ambitious script that is set within the illustrious walls of a royal court. However, all is not as it seems—as the play unfolds, a gripping narrative of power gone awry among the players comes to light.

Presented in Baba Melayu and peppered with familiar expressions, Mari Kita Main Wayang is a love letter to the rich Peranakan cultural heritage deeply rooted in Singapore. It pays homage to the under-appreciated art form of Peranakan theatre, while highlighting the significance of having this heritage represented on stage. Witness the revival of this tradition and be transported to a bygone era where the past meets the present.

First staged in 1994, this adaptation of Felix Chia’s script is comedic, unique and utterly captivating—look forward to witty banter, dramatic storytelling and masterful performances by the cast!

Director: Alvin Tan
Assistant Director: Aidli 'Alin' Mosbit
Playwright (Original Script): Felix Chia
Playwright (Transcreation): Zulfadli Rashid 
Producer: Michele Lim 

Cynthia Lee
G.T. Lye
Frederick Soh
Karen Tan
Kimberly Chan
Loong Seng Onn
Munah Bagharib
Masturah Oli 

Ahmad Shahruddin bin Safari (Din Safari)
Azrin Abdullah
Alhafiz Jamat
Ismahairie Putra Ishak
Julian Wong
Riduan Zalani 

Peranakan Consultant: G.T. Lye
Peranakan Translation and Language Coaching: Melanie Wee, Rapheal Koh 
English Translation: Suhana Laila 

Set Design: Wong Chee Wai
Lighting Design: Petrina Dawn Tan
Costume Design: Max Tan
Hair & Makeup Design: Sha Shamsi 

Music Director and Arranger: Julian Wong
Band Leader: Riduan Zalani 
Sound Engineer: Shah Tahir 
Props Master: Loo An Ni
Multimedia Design: M. Nurfadhli Jasni 
Choreographer: Richard Tan 

Production Manager: Lam Dan Fong
Stage Manager: Carolene Ruth Liew
Technical Manager: Kailah
Wardrobe Manager: Theresa Chan
Band Manager: Hamizah Abdul Hamid 
Surtitle Operator: Nurul Jannah Jamaludin 
Production Coordinator: Georgia Sim 

Assistant to Set Designer: M. Nurfadhli Jasni
Assistant Stage Managers: Saffa Afiqah, Gillian Ong 
Assistant Wardrobe Mistress: Nur Fatin Nabilah
Wardrobe Assistants: Qina, Shahirah
Headgear Designer: Wong Wai Toh
Key Hair Stylist: Leong
Hair & Makeup Assistants: Laea Hidayah, Eunice W

Crew: Charlotte Tan Yi Jing, Wann Nurul Asyiqin
Assistant to G.T. Lye: Md Muazzam 
Key Visual and Design: Chang Sheau Ling
Photographer (Publicity): Crispian Chan
House Programme Writer: Dawn Marie Lee

(Source: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay Programme)

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Alvin Tan
Aidli 'Alin' Mosbit
Assistant Director
Felix Chia
Original Playwright
Zulfadli Rashid
Michele Lim
G.T. Lye
Cast, Peranakan Consultant