Chinese Theatre


The Village

Performance Workshop (Taiwan)
25 – 27 May 2018 Fri – Sun
Fri & Sat: 7.30pm
Sun: 2.30pm
25 & 26 May 2018 : 7.30pm
27 May 2018 : 2.30pm
3hrs 20mins (including 20min intermission)
Esplanade Theatre
Performed in Mandarin with English and Chinese surtitles.

$38*, $58**, $88^, $118^

Concessions for students, NSFs and seniors: $27*, $41**

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“The pinnacle of our era of theatre.”
The Beijing News, 2010
“A side effect of watching The Village, besides giving teary applause and standing ovations, is that it induces the viewer an overwhelming desire to hug one’s family in a rib-cracking deadlock and then dragging them to the theatre to watch it again.”
The Straits Times Life!, 2012

“Big-hearted”, “accessible”, “humourous” and “obscenely tear-jerking” were some of the phrases used to describe this heartwarming play by internationally celebrated Chinese playwright and director Stan Lai and famed TV producer Wang Wei Zhong.

Experience the joys and trials of three families over three generations in a moving production that recaptures the spirit of the village communities, preserves this rapidly disappearing culture and heritage of Taiwan’s Dependents’ Villages, and tells a poignant immigrant story that is no less different from Singapore’s.

In the late 1940s, Taiwan experienced an influx of new immigrants from China who were subsequently housed in what became known as Dependents’ Villages. What were supposed to be temporary homes became permanent ones, and a thriving subculture emerged that would vibrantly colour Taiwan’s cultural heritage forever.

After an international tour of over 200 shows that saw widespread acclaim and sold-out performances in Taiwan, China, and the US, and standing ovations in Singapore in 2009 and 2012, The Village returns to Esplanade to mark its 10th anniversary.

Co-produced by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Performance Workshop

About Dependents’ Villages
These villages thrived for nearly half a decade and more than 800 villages existed, each with their own unique culture and community. Today, less than 200 remain. Inspired by and based on a variety of real-life immigrant experiences, The Village brings you into the lives of these displaced people during this significant period in the history of Taiwan.

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Admission for ages 6 and above, unless otherwise stated.

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