Glorious, Monstrous, Hantu Tales from Singapore (2019)

25 October 2019 – 25 October 2019 @ Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, England


Watch as live performance, film and writing collide in this magnetising event drawn from the voices of Singaporean writers.

With spirits and monsters, shadows and visions, fractured states of mind and displays of fantasy and haunting, this event is a psychedelic and spine-chilling dose of live-performance-meets-film as three actors interact with a swirl of characters captured on film.

These vignettes encapsulate the most electrifying and sometimes unnerving voices in Singaporean contemporary writing, bringing to life a haunting rush of writing from novels such as Nuraliah Norasid's The Gatekeeper, Lee Jing-Jing's How We Disappeared, Sharlene Teo's Ponti, Cyril Wong's Let Me Tell You Something About That Night and O Thiam Chin's Fox Fire Girl.

Glorious, Monstrous, Hantu* Tales from Singapore becomes an eerie polyphonic sensation from the darker, more monstrous but no less glorious side of Singaporean literature.


*‘Hantu’ is a Malay term that refers to ghosts, especially in Malay folklore and ghost myths.

Commissioned by The National Arts Council, Singapore.

Supported by Southbank Centre.

Produced by Cake.

Director: Natalie Hennedige
Writers: Nuraliah Norasid, Lee Jing-Jing, Sharlene Teo, Cyril Wong, O Thiam Chin

Sound Artist & Music Composer: Darren Ng
Multimedia Designer & Editor: Natalie Soh
Director of Photography: Brian Gothong Tan

Performers: Jean Ng, Mikaela Perez, Kamini Ramachandran

(Source: Cake Theatrical Productions Website)

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Darren Ng
Sound Artist, Music Composer
Natalie Soh
Multimedia Designer, Multimedia Editor