"Emily of Emerald Hill": Special Evening Performance at the Peranakan Museum

About the Show

Stella Kon’s monodrama, Emily of Emerald Hill, which chronicles the life and tribulations of a Singaporean Peranakan matriarch, is a landmark play in the dramatic literature of the nation. It was performed for the first time in Singapore by Margaret Chan at the Singapore Drama Festival in 1985. The production represented the nation at the Commonwealth Arts Festival in Edinburgh in 1986, and then made Singapore English language theatre history when it became the first Singapore show to be invited to the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe in that same year. In Edinburgh, Emily performed at the top theatre venues of the city; the Assembly Rooms and the Traverse Theatre. Emily continues to be performed regularly in Singapore, Malaysia and internationally. The play is a Ministry of Education approved literature text for secondary schools.

Margaret returns as Emily in 2012 upon a special invitation by the Peranakan Museum for the “Emily of Emerald Hill”: Singapore Identity on Stage exhibition. Margaret’s reprisal of her iconic performance that had her voted by the Straits Times as ‘Singapore’s Newsmaker of 1985’ is viewed as a comment on the vigour of Singapore theatre. The 2012 production helmed by producer-director Jeremiah Choy and co-directed by Margaret Chan will stage Chan’s Emily against the backdrop of a watershed era in Singapore history. At the close of the play, Emily fades away, but her grandson emerges strong and resolute, and appreciative of the old woman’s role in the bringing up of the family.

Playwright: Stella Kon
Co-Director & Actor: Margaret Chan
Producer & Co- director: Jeremiah Choy
Video Designer: Casey Lim
Costume Designer: Laichan
Hair Designer: Ashley Lim
Make up by The Make-Up Room
Photo Artist: Edmund Low
Production manager: James J. Tay
Stage manager: Jean Zhuang
Asst. Stage Managers: Freddy Lai and Wayne Koh
Technical Consultant: Bob Wong
Technical Manager: Varian Tan