Esplanade Presents



The MadHatter Project, Chloe Chua, Ines Estela, August Lum (Singapore)

5 Jun 2023, Mon, 7.15pm & 8.15pm

6 Jun 2023, Tue, 7.15pm & 8.15pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse

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Every story has a beginning, but every beginning also has its story. Creation myths play an important role in any society, and members of societies have told and retold these stories in a multitude of ways. 


In “Origin”, we continue the timeless tradition of reinterpreting and retelling some of the origin stories of the country we now know as “Singapore” through original songs and music. In this contemporary setting, we force ourselves to rethink these familiar yarns, reacquaint ourselves with seemingly familiar characters, and allow these tales to be reshaped for our own time.


No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

The MadHatter Project

The MadHatter Project is an outfit from Singapore that writes, plays and interprets music in a cynical, yet optimistic, way. Not cool enough in their youth to learn guitar, they pair their unique piano-centred sound with an idiosyncratic storytelling performance style and are particularly adept at incorporating non-musical elements into their performances. They are winners of the 2015 Noise Singapore Award, and it was under this banner that they staged their first full-length production For The Time Being in 2017. In February 2019, they staged Sarong Party in conjunction with Yale-NUS College’s festival The Future Of Our Pasts, in commemoration of the bicentennial of Singapore’s colonisation. 


Armchair experts at everything from Messiaen to Messi, The MadHatter Project’s extremely fussy members are united only in their love for maggi goreng.

Chloe Chua E-Shyan

Chloe is a Singaporean performer and theatremaker. A first-class honours graduate of LASALLE College of the Arts' Musical Theatre Programme, she was also a proud recipient of the Future Leader and Veda Mekani Performing Arts scholarships during her time there. As an actor, Chloe possesses a naturally magnetic presence, and on stage or screen, is committed to the full embodiment of her characters. Credits include The Beginning of Anything (Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay), The Almighty Sometimes (Singapore Repetory Theatre), and The Last Silent Voice (L'arietta Productions). She is chuffed to work again on Origin after its first site-specific iteration as part of Artwalk 2023. 

Ines Estela

With a strong literary upbringing, Ines is a quirky artist, passionate about raising awareness for communities and issues they believe in. They are currently studying in LASALLE College of the Arts, Diploma in Performance. Aside from performance, they also have worked professionally behind the scenes as an assistant stage manager and crew member. 


They wish to challenge ideologies through various artistic mediums and to always bring the best to their work. In their free time, you can find them reading Japanese literature, swimming in the rain, or listening to good old ‘80s music. 

August Lum

Through the use of timbre, harmony and texture, storytelling and mood-painting is a central part of August’s approach to music.


2022 was a fruitful year for August, contributing to the performance tour Katong Dreaming, writing music for shows on Halloween Horror Nights 10, scoring the third season of the animated series, Downstairs, reinterpreting nursery rhymes for The Theatre Practice’s third instalment of its Nursery Rhymes Project, and music-directing TCR’s annual xinyao concert to a large crowd at Our Tampines Hub stadium.

Date & Time

5 Jun 2023, Mon


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

6 Jun 2023, Tue


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

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