Samsui Women: One Brick at a Time (2017)

10 July 2017 – 14 July 2017 @ Theatre Studio, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay


To escape her fate in China, Swee Leng and her friends sail across oceans to find hope and a better life in Nanyang. Upon their arrival, the women earn their keep as helpers to the men at construction sites, making a name for themselves as Samsui women. However, repeated taunts from people around them as well as conflicts between Swee Leng and her friends threaten their solidarity and friendship.

Friends become foes and family turns into enemies, until a fire at Bukit Ho Swee brings them together again. Working as one, they race against the clock to build new homes for thousands without shelter over their heads.

Director & Playwright: Chong Tze Chien

Set Designer: Rene Ong
Sound Artist & Music Composer: Darren Ng
Lighting Designer: Lim Woan Wen

Production Stage Manager: Lam Dan Fong
Assistant Stage Manager: Marilyn Ang

Sound Operator: Loo An Ni
Puppet & Props Maker: Myra Loke
Cast: Darren Guo, Jasmine Xie Huilin, Myra Loke, Zee Wong

Original puppets & props designed and made by Ellison Tan, Jasmine Xie Huilin, Joshua Lim and Myra Loke

(Source: The Finger Players Programme)

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Chong Tze Chien
Director, Playwright
Rene Ong
Set Designer
Darren Ng
Sound Artist, Music Composer
Lim Woan Wen
Lighting Designer
Lam Dan Fong
Production Stage Manager
Marilyn Ang
Assistant Stage Manager
Loo An Ni
Sound Operator


Samsui Women: One Brick at a Time (2017), Programme
Programme for Samsui Women: One Brick at a Time (2017).
The Finger Players
Recorded: 10 July 2017