Esplanade Presents


Bawang Putih Bawang Merah

An Esplanade Commission
by Teater Ekamatra 
Written by Ridhwan Saidi 
Directed by Mohd Fared Jainal (Singapore)

10 May 2024, Fri, 8pm

11 May 2024, Sat, 3pm & 8pm

12 May 2024, Sun, 3pm

1hr 30mins

(Intermission: None)

Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

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Delve into the intricate layers of a Nusantara folktale in the reimagination of Bawang Putih Bawang Merah—a captivating exploration of courage, challenging societal norms, and the unexpected twists of fate.


This darkly humorous and witty production breathes new life into the well-known tale, focusing on the equally enchanting stepsisters, Bawang Putih and Bawang Merah. Amidst the shadows of loss and grief, these rival siblings embark on a journey of self-discovery and liberation, guided by magical mothers, rebellious royalty, and a fabulous fairy godmother.


Can Bawang Putih and Bawang Merah, armed with unshakeable determination and guided by unconventional allies, break free from the constraints of patriarchy and monarchy? This audacious adaptation challenges traditional narratives of happily ever afters, damsels in distress, and knights in shining armour; reminding us that we can be the heroes of our own stories.


Produced by one of Singapore’s theatrical powerhouses, Teater Ekamatra, Bawang Putih Bawang Merah assembles a stacked creative team, many of whom were behind the award-winning production Bangsawan Gemala Malam (2022): Ridhwan Saidi, a Malaysian writer and filmmaker making waves in the Singapore theatre scene; Mohd Fared Jainal, a theatre stalwart known for his sharp directorial vision and innovative set design; Safuan Johari, a multi-hyphenate musician and composer; and TUBE Gallery, costume designers of the acclaimed musical Fatih – The Prince & The Drum. The star-studded cast includes Nabila Huda, Aidli ‘Alin’ Mosbit, Fir Rahman, Munah Bagharib, Rizman Putra, Siti Hajar Abdul Gani, and Siti Khalijah Zainal.


Assistive Listening

This production features the use of strobe lighting.
Recommended Age: 13 and above.
Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: Malay
Surtitle Language: English
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Artist Information

Teater Ekamatra

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Teater Ekamatra is an established and exciting Singaporean arts company that spotlights artists of diverse ethnicities. The company is living out their vision of being at the heart of theatre by staging daring works that address socio-political issues.  


Teater Ekamatra has been commissioned by notable international arts festivals and has also garnered numerous nominations and accolades, especially at Singapore’s highest platform for excellence in theatre, the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards. These include Best Director, Production of the Year, Best Original Script, and more. 


Guided by their values of diversity, inclusivity, integrity, accountability, and people-centredness, Teater Ekamatra is committed to their mission of creating engaging art that inspires, as well as incubating emerging talents and expanding diversity within the industry.  

Assistive Listening

Assistive listening system is available for this venue. Hearing aid users with a Telecoil-enabled programme can benefit from the system provided. Please arrive at the venue 30 min before the performance so we can assist with the setup.

Date & Time

Assistive Listening

10 May 2024, Fri


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

11 May 2024, Sat


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

12 May 2024, Sun


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
Tickets & Prices

Students, NSFs, Seniors & PWDs

Cat 1 $60 $48
Cat 2 $45 -

Restricted View: $30

Patrons seated in the Restricted View section (Rows AA, AB & AC) will not be able to see parts of the stage and the screens with English surtitles.

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Tote Board Arts Grant

All Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges/ Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost. 


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