Emily of Emerald Hill
Singapore Arts Festival 2010 – 11-13 June 2010

About the Show
Stella Kon’s monodrama, Emily of Emerald Hill, which chronicles the life and tribulations of a Singaporean Peranakan matriarch, is a landmark play in the dramatic literature of the nation. It was performed for the first time in Singapore by Margaret Chan at the Singapore Drama Festival in 1985. The production represented the nation at the Commonwealth Arts Festival in Edinburgh in 1986, and then made Singapore English language theatre history when it became thefirst Singapore show to be invited to the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe in that same year. In Edinburgh, Emily performed at the top theatre venues of the city; the Assembly Rooms and the Traverse Theatre. Emily continues to be performed regularly in Singapore, Malaysia and internationally. The play is a Ministry of Education approved literature text for secondary schools.

Margaret returns as Emily in the 2010 Arts Festival at the Victoria Theatre. Margaret’s reprisal of her iconic performance that had her voted by the Straits Times as ‘Singapore’s Newsmaker of 1985’ is viewed as a comment on the vigour of Singapore theatre. The 2010 production helmed by producer-directorJeremiah Choy and co-directed by Margaret Chan will stage Chan’s Emily against the backdrop of a watershed era in Singapore history. The sense of that moment in time as the wane of the British Empire gave over to the birth of a new nation will be created with the help of a multi-media presentation by designer-director Casey Lim. At the close of the play, Emily fades away, but her grandson emerges strong and resolute, and appreciative of the old woman’s role in the bringing up of the family


Playwright: Stella Kon
Co-Director & Actor: Margaret Chan
Producer & Co- director: Jeremiah Choy
Video Designer: Casey Lim
Set Designer: Sebastian Zeng
Lighting Designer: Dorothy Png
Costume Designer: Laichan
Hair Designer: Ashley Lim
Make up by The Make-Up Room
Photo Artist: Edmund Low
Production manager: James J. Tay
Stage manager: Jean Zhuang
Asst. Stage Managers: Wayne Koh & Qianwei
Technical Consultant: Bob Wong
Technical Manager: Varian Tan
Front of House manager:Alfred Tang
Crew: Margaret Lisa Linandjaja
Bino Lee
Dresser: Koh Qianwei.