Due to overwhelming popular demand, WILD RICE will be reviving Emily of Emerald Hill on our YouTube Channel for an encore run from 15 May (Friday), 7.30pm SGT, through to 17 May (Sunday), 11.59pm SGT.
Emily of Emerald Hill was viewed close to 150,000 times on YouTube over its initial week of release – with audiences tuning in from all over the world, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Africa, China, Europe and the United States.
Check out our talkback with star Ivan Heng and playwright Stella Kon – recorded live on 30 April!
Who is Emily Gan? Is she a heroine or a villain? A woman ahead of her time, or a woman trapped by tradition? Ivan Heng, directed by long-time collaborator Glen Goei, brings to life one of Singapore theatre’s most iconic and complex characters. Together, they tell the fascinating story of an abandoned girl-child who overcomes all odds to emerge as a powerful matriarch in a distinguished household.
Evoking the golden age of Straits-Chinese culture from the 1930s, Stella Kon’s “Emily of Emerald Hill” continues to resonate in the present. Even as women today find fulfilment beyond the roles that circumscribed Emily Gan – as daughter-in-law, wife, mother, home-maker – the question of what a woman must do to succeed in a man’s world remains as pertinent as ever.
In 2000, Ivan Heng founded WILD RICE with a landmark production in which he first made Emily Gan his own. Last year, Emily threw a housewarming party for us in our new home in Funan. We may not be able to make house visits at the moment, but we could think of no better time to welcome you into Emily’s home again!
IMDA Rating: General
This production was recorded live in The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ WILD RICE on 27 September 2019.