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Moonfest Online: The Magic Paintbrush

An enthralling performance of a classic Chinese folk tale using traditional hand puppets.


Published: 1 Sep 2020

Time taken : >15mins

Photo credit: Jack Yam

The Magic Paintbrush

by Paper Monkey Theatre (Singapore)

Premieres 26 Sep, Sat, 3pm

Duration: 1hr

Performed in Mandarin, with English subtitles.
Advisory: Recommended for children ages 5 and above. 

Once upon a time, there was a poor orphan boy named Ma Liang. Although he loved to draw, he was also too poor to afford a paintbrush so he used coal and a stick instead. His dedication moved the gods and they bestowed on him a magical paintbrush that brought everything he drew to life! He used the powers of the paintbrush to help the poor villagers, but when the greedy Emperor heard of this, he captured Ma Liang and forced him to paint gold and silver for him instead.

Will Ma Liang be able to escape the Emperor’s clutches and outwit his evil plans? Find out in this exciting production of The Magic Paintbrush!

A puppetry performance based on a classic Chinese folktale, this charming adaptation by the Paper Monkey Theatre will help your little ones learn about compassion and perseverance. Featuring traditional hand puppets, lively action and catchy music, The Magic Paintbrush will enthral and entertain all from the young to the young at heart!

Originally presented at Moonfest – A Mid-Autumn Celebration 2017

About Paper Monkey Theatre 

Paper Monkey Theatre Ltd creates theatre productions and workshops infused with puppetry for children and family entertainment, encouraging artistic development and enriching learning experiences. Set up in April 2008, the company is led by well-known local puppeteer and playwright, Benjamin Ho, with a vision to create a platform of lasting, meaningful theatrical experiences for both children and adults in Asia. Their production of The Magic Lantern was awarded Best Production for the Young by M1 – The Straits Times Life Theatre Award in 2017. 

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