Ophelia (2016)

17 March 2016 – 19 March 2016 @ Theatre Studio, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay


She captures the imagination with her madness, her drowning. A tragic character set eternally in a pool of water, eyes dead, and full of secrets. So little is known about Ophelia. What does she tell us beyond the limits she faced in her short life?

Inspired by Shakespeare’s character, this work delves into the workings of a mind, intricate and complex, encompassing too the landscape of a soul inextricably linked to that of a prominent other, Hamlet.

Beyond the politics of sex and gender and the cycles of oppression that pervade history, Ophelia reflects too on the grey areas of our humanity; the deep-seated desires, motives and actions that account for the tragedies that keep the human race in a constant state of drowning.

Conceived & Directed by: Natalie Hennedige 
Writer: Natalie Hennedige with Michelle Tan

Production Designer: Neon Tights
Lighting Designer: Stage "Live"
Costume Designer: David Lee
Sound Designer: Philip Tan

Performers: Jo Kukathas, Thomas Pang

Photographer: Tuckys Photography 

(Source: Cake Theatrical Productions Website)


Natalie Hennedige
Conceptualizer, Director, Writer
David Lee
Costume Designer
Philip Tan
Sound Designer
Jo Kukathas
Thomas Pang


Ophelia (2016), Review
Shakespeare on steroids You’ve never seen Shakespeare done this way before In short, Ophelia is mad. More specifically, it is a play about madness as Shakespeare’s tragic maiden, Ophelia, is plucked from the pages of Hamlet, and cast in a different light. (I mean this quite literally as well with the harsh working lights being switched on as the show begins.) Viewers familiar with Hamlet will appreciate the added emotional complexity in this version, as well as the sly a
Walter Chan
Reviewed: 17 March 2016
Ophelia (2016), Review
Ophelia To start: Ophelia is absolutely wonderful. The story is about Shakespeare’s Ophelia – expectedly – and deliberately reconfigures the time and space of the universe belonging to Hamlet, in the context of story/play, and in relation to Hamlet the character. But without a doubt, Ophelia is the main attraction. Placing the Hamlet/Ophelia coupling in differing circumstances on many accounts, Ophelia is a lovely taste of Contemporary Shakespeare, and an excellent example
Jorah Yu
Reviewed: 18 March 2016