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How Did The Cat Get So Fat?

The Studios x Feed Your Imagination (F.Y.I)
An Esplanade Commission and Production

Written by Zizi Azah Bte Abdul Majid
Directed by Tan Beng Tian
19 – 22 Apr 2018 Thu – Sun
Thu: 8pm
Fri*: 3pm & 8pm
Sat: 3pm & 8pm
Sun: 3pm
19 – 21 Apr 2018 : 8pm
21 & 22 Apr 2018 : 3pm
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1hr 15mins (no intermission)
Esplanade Theatre Studio
*The performance on 20 Apr, Fri, 8pm includes a post-show talk.

For schools: 20 Apr, Fri, 3pm
*Members of the public are welcome to attend this performance but do note that this performance and its post-show talk is primarily intended for students.

How Did The Cat Get So Fat? is performed in Malay with English captions.
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Concession for students: $17
Concession for NSFs and seniors: $25

Package of 4: $130


^Esplanade&Me Special

White Card: $31.50
Black Card: $28

School Bookings

20 Apr 2018, Fri, 3pm
For school bookings, please call Esplanade Box Office at 6828 8389 or email

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.

For more details, please contact Esplanade Box Office at 6828 8389 or email

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Performed with puppetry, How Did The Cat Get So Fat? is a fable/parable told through the eyes of Fatimah, a nine-year-old from a single-parent family. Fatimah, played by Siti Khalijah Zainal, travels on a kiddie ride, a lion she has named Mr Minismen, and meets people who are representative of various segments of Singapore society, e.g. the maid, the prosperous wife, the religious man, the taxi driver, the scientist, the social media influencer and the tireless yuppie.

How Did The Cat Get So Fat? seeks to examine how the national pledge applies to and manifests itself in various strata of Singapore society, as seen through the eyes of a young girl.

Creative Team

Playwright Zizi Azah Bte Abdul Majid
Director Tan Beng Tian
Assistant Director Daniel Sim
Dramaturg Zulfadli Rashid

Performer Siti Khalijah Zainal

Set Designer Chan Silei
Lighting Designer Yo Shao Ann
Sound Designer Chong Li-Chuan
Puppet Designer Loo An Ni

Producer Fezhah Maznan, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Production Manager Molizah Mohd Mohter
Stage Manager Vivi Agustina
Assistant Stage Manager Wong Shao Qi
Captioner Nur Khairiyah Ramli

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Things To Note

Road closures around Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay on 29 Apr 2018 | More info 

Admission for ages 6 and above, unless otherwise stated.

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General Advisory

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