21 - 31 Oct 2004
Victoria Theatre, Singapore
She’s the richest woman in the world. She’s returning to her hometown. And she’s got revenge and murder on her mind.
Claire Zachanassian (nee Li Kwan Yin) is as fabulous as she is rich. And the hometown she is returning to is Saitang – a poor, desolate town that has definitely seen better days.
Heralded by the honest, upright citizens of Saitang as the town's saviour, Claire makes her dramatic entrance - with an entourage of bodyguards, eunuchs, a butler, a caged panther, her 7th husband, millions and millions of dollars to give away, and sinisterly - an empty coffin.
Who does Claire wish to fill this coffin with? What is she expecting of the citizens of Saitang, in return for the prosperity she promised? Does everything and everyone in this world really have a price?
Faithfully adapted from the well-loved world classic by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, THE VISIT OF THE TAI TAI explores the dark side of human nature - with humour so black, so sharp, and so insightful, you'll be laughing all the way to the explosive climax.
Directed with characteristic wit and aplomb by Ivan Heng with his long-time collaborator Krishen Jit, this unmissable production features a sixteen-member powerhouse ensemble of Singapore's most celebrated actors.
It's to die for.
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Adaptation Ivan Heng
Directors Ivan Heng with Krishen Jit
Set Designer Hella Chan
Lighting Designer Suven Chan
Sound Designer Darren Ng
Costume Designer Laichan
Hair Designer Ashley Lim
Production Manager Chan Lee Lee
Stage Manager Juraidah Rahman
Ivan Heng as Claire Zachanassian
Ben Matthews as Husbands VII–IX
Benjamin Ng as Claire’s Butler, Bobby
Chua Enlai as Blind Man
Gani Karim as Blind Man
Ace Mah as Robby
Juwanda Hassim as Toby/Reporter
Alecia Kim Chua as Umbrella Bearer/Reporter
Gordon Choy as Reporter
Lim Kay Siu as Anthony Seow
Noorlinah Mohamed as Anthony Seow’s wife, Mathilda Seow/The TV Journalist/The Conducter
Gene Sha Rudyn as The Policeman
Tony Quek as The Mayor
Christina Sergeant as The Teacher
Jonathan Lim as The Doctor/Mr Bong/2nd Man
Gerald Chew as The Priest/Mr Wong
Chua Enlai as Seow’s son, Karl/4th Man
Chermaine Ang as Seow’s daughter, Natalie/1st Woman
Fanny Kee as The Painter/Mayor’s wife/2nd woman
Gordon Choy as 3rd Man/Lion Dancer/Athlete
Ace Mah as Lion Dancer
Alecia Kim Chua as Ms Louisa
Tanglin Trust School as The Choir
The Company as Saitangers
"The Visit of the Tai Tai is classic W!LD RICE: a solid script, intelligently localised; a fine cast with razor-sharp timing; high production values; confident directors; and always the sense that you are attending a theatrical Event. Thank God for the Tai Tai! And thank God for W!LD RICE!"The Flying Inkpot
"A clever and bold look at the politics of money."TODAY
“Energetic, muscular and imaginative throughout… All the emotions, all the evasions, all the self-deceptions were brought out splendidly in Kay Siu’s command of words and body language. A perfect foil for Kay Siu was the show’s co-director Ivan Heng as the avenging angel herself… a frightening terror who could still grab a bundle of laughs and even a few dribbles of sympathy at just the right moments.”Quarterly Literature
"It’s obvious that the artistic partnership of co-directors of Krishen Jit and Ivan Heng is one made of gold. Heng’s Claire takes your breath away… One of the biggest joys was to watch a huge company of actors working well together."New Straits Times, Malaysia