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The Mysterious Lai Teck 神秘莱特

Ho Tzu Nyen 何子彦 (Singapore)


  • 17 May - 19 May 2019
    Fri & Sat, 8pm
    Sun, 5pm & 8pm
  • SOTA Drama Theatre
  • Approximately 1h, no intermission
    时长约1小时, 无中场休息

  • Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles
  • 华语演出,附英文字幕

    Rating : General

    This programme is eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant Subsidy.

    All Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges / Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost. 

  • $40*

    *Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors

    Limited student front row tickets at $10


HOME \ 2019 Programmes \

The Mysterious Lai Teck 神秘莱特

Ho Tzu Nyen 何子彦 (Singapore)

In The Mysterious Lai Teck, acclaimed Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen leads you into the labyrinthine underworld of spies, in this portrait of one of Southeast Asia’s most shadowy historical figures.

Who is Lai Teck?

History remembers him as the leader of the Malayan Communist Party from 1939 to 1947, and a triple agent for the French, British and Japanese secret police. Yet the real man is an enigma. Rumoured to have over 30 pseudonyms, his story is full of gaps and contradictions culled from the accounts of fellow spies and traitors, and various authors of histories.

Blending fact and fictional speculation, visual artist Ho recreates the charged atmosphere of Lai Teck’s times in an inventive staging, featuring an animatronic puppet, visual projections and theatrical drapes.

Offering a window into an embattled period of Southeast Asian history, The Mysterious Lai Teck is an extended reflection emerging from Ho’s long-term project, The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia.

The Mysterious Lai Teck is a thrilling snapshot of the shifting face of Southeast Asia in the Age of Treason, and of a man caught between the ruthless forces of history.







Concept, Direction, Text, Edit : Ho Tzu Nyen
Performer, Voice, Translation : Tay Kong Hui
Research Consultant : Marc Opper
Light Design, Set, Technical Manager : Andy Lim
Sound Design : Jeffrey Yue
Musician: : Black to Comm
Animatronics : Creature NFX Workshop
Digital Visual Effects & CG : Graham Lamb
Production Stage Manager : Mirabel Neo
Administrative Producer : Yap Seok Hui
Producers : Tzu + ARTFACTORY

Commissioned by:
Singapore International Festival of Arts

International Summerfestival Kampnagel (Hamburg)
National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art (Korea)
Arts Centre Melbourne and Asia TOPA (Melbourne)
Holland Festival (Amsterdam)
Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels)
TPAM – Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama (Japan)
Red Brick Art Museum (Beijing)

Silo Theatre (New Zealand)

Tan Shou Chen and Ng Tian Hui (Singapore)

curious directive (UK)