Esplanade Presents


The Dog Who Wasn't Useful

An Esplanade Commission
Drama Box (Singapore)

16 Feb 2024, Fri, 11am & 3pm

17 Feb 2024, Sat, 11am & 3pm

18 Feb 2024, Sun, 11am & 3pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Theatre Studio

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Once upon a time, there lived a dog on a farm who didn’t feel very useful at all. The cows give milk, the sheep provide wool, and the chickens supply eggs. What is the job of the dog on the farm? He envied the other animals on the farm and one day decides to be like them, to hilarious results. Can a dog’s value be measured by its ability to lay eggs or to provide milk?     

Adapted from the podcast of the same title by Daniel Hinds, The Dog Who Wasn't Useful is a funny and interactive tale about one’s journey in discovering their gift, and a reminder that we are all unique and “useful” in our own ways.     

Come and be a part of the farm with the dog and his friends!      

Directed by Isabella Chiam & Koh Hui Ling (Drama Box)  

Cast: Jodi Chan, Hang Qian Chou, Jo Kwek, Joel Tan, & Tan Rui Shan 


Floor seating only.

Recommended Age: 5 – 8 years old.
Admission Age:
4 and above.
Language: Mandarin
Surtitle Language: English
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Artist Information

Drama Box

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Founded in 1990, Drama Box is a socially engaged theatre company known for creating works that inspire dialogue, reflection and change. By shining a spotlight on marginalised narratives and making space for the communal contemplation of complex issues, the company seeks to tell stories that provoke a deeper understanding of Singapore’s culture, history and identity.  


Drama Box is a charity and Institution of Public Character (IPC) registered in Singapore, supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period of April 2023 and March 2026.  

Date & Time

16 Feb 2024, Fri


Esplanade Theatre Studio


Esplanade Theatre Studio

17 Feb 2024, Sat


Esplanade Theatre Studio


Esplanade Theatre Studio

18 Feb 2024, Sun


Esplanade Theatre Studio


Esplanade Theatre Studio
Tickets & Prices
Price $30

Esplanade&Me Specials

PIP’s Club: 10% savings (Min. of 2 tickets, limited tickets)


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PAssion members: 10% savings

Min. of 4 tickets, limited tickets

Applicable to Standard tickets only.

$22 School Specials available

Available only for the following show timing:

  • 16 Feb 2024, Fri, 11am 
  • 16 Feb 2024, Fri, 3pm 


Limited tickets available. Applicable to all pre-schools and local schools.


Please contact Esplanade Box Office at 6828 8389 or email for more details on school booking. 

Tote Board Arts Grant

All Primary (Lower Pri) 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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