All The World’s A Sea

Presented by The Theatre Practice
In Collaboration With Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

1 – 4 Aug 2024

1hr 35mins

(Intermission: None)

Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

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Seeking anchor in a world buffeted by unrest, All The World’s A Sea presents the journeys of the uprooted and displaced — where despair and oppression sit alongside hope and resistance.


A captured nose. A body in limbo. A transplanted tongue.

Aberrant eyes. Ears lost in translation. Consciousness gone rogue.


Who am I? What am I?


Inspired by the Buddhist philosophy of Ayatana (six senses), director Kuo Jian Hong builds upon her 2018 epic I came at last to the seas (commissioned for Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts) for a bold new reimagination. Bringing together an international team from Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Nanjing and USA, the interdisciplinary epic fuses evocative storytelling with ambitious scenographic design.


All The World’s A Sea is presented by The Theatre Practice in collaboration with Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay, and features performers from Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Jiangsu Performing Arts Group (Kun Opera Theatre) and Sun Son Theatre.

Admission Age:
8 and above.
Language: Mandarin
Surtitle Language: English
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Artist Information

Kuo Jian Hong

Artistic Director of The Theatre Practice (Practice), theatre director, designer, and filmmaker, Kuo Jian Hong has always taken on multi-faceted roles. She has led more than 200 theatre projects, in a career spanning three decades.


Transcending themes, genres and forms, Jian Hong’s vision encompasses Practice’s broad spectrum of works. She is a leading proponent of the Chinese Language Original Musical Theatre genre, with award-winning works like Lao Jiu: The Musical while her experimental ventures include I came at last to the seas for Esplanade’s “Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts".


As an advocate for Theatre For Young Audiences, her works include the beloved The wee Question Mark series and The Nursery Rhymes Project. She also spearheaded Practice’s groundbreaking exploration in Digital Theatre, notably through XIMI and The Bride Always Knocks Twice — Killer Secrets.


Under her direction, Practice continues to be a vital voice in the Singapore arts scene.

The Theatre Practice

The Theatre Practice (Practice) is Singapore’s longest-standing professional bilingual theatre institution. Artist-driven and deeply progressive, Practice strives to be an arts space in Singapore that consciously nurtures and empowers people who care about humanity. Over the past 59 years, we have developed and presented a vast, critically-acclaimed, multi-genre repertoire that reflects the complexities of Singapore’s diverse cultures.


Practice today is a cultural force. As a bridge between cultures, we have brought practitioners of diverse backgrounds together for exchange, and provided platforms for international works. As pioneers in Arts Education in Singapore, we have nurtured leaders in the Singapore arts scene, and inculcated a love for the arts in generations of youths.


Under current Artistic Director Kuo Jian Hong, Practice continues to shape our cultural landscape as the definitive voice in Singapore theatre. Deeply influenced by the importance of play in art-making, Practice has become the embodiment of the irrepressible spirit and fearless experimentation of play under her leadership.


Artistically diverse and constantly relevant, Practice will always engage in the ceaseless exploration of new frontiers.


The Theatre Practice is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period of April 2023 to March 2026. Practice is also an Institution of Public Character and a recipient of MCCY's Charity Transparency Award 2023.

Date & Time

1 Aug 2024, Thu


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
Preview Show

2 Aug 2024, Fri


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

3 Aug 2024, Sat


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

4 Aug 2024, Sun


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
Tickets & Prices


(Preview show on 1 Aug 2024)

*Students, NSFs & Seniors
(Limited, until 31 Jul 2024)

Cat 1 $68 $58 $61.20
Cat 2 $58 $48 $52.20

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Restricted View: $48

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

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