The Studios 2017: Fundamentally Happy 本质上快乐 by Nine Years Theatre

Organised by: The Esplanade Co Ltd
Performed by: Nine Years Theatre
  • Date:
    16 - 19 Mar 2017
  • Time:
    Thu – Sat: 8:00pm
    Sat & Sun: 3:00pm
  • Duration:
    Approximately 1h 30min (no intermission)
  • Venue:
    Esplanade Theatre Studio
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  • Language:
    Performed in Mandarin, with English surtitles.
  • Admission:
    Students: $17
    NSFs & Seniors: $25
    Package of 4: $130 (Applicable for any 4 tickets to any shows at The Studios 2017)
  • Advisory:
    R18 – Contains issues dealing with paedophilia.


Fundamentally Happy 《本质上快乐》
Written by Haresh Sharma
Directed by Nelson Chia
A co-production with Nine Years Theatre

10-year-old Eric enjoyed visiting the home of his neighbours, Habiba and Ismail. The couple, who was so fond of him, treated him like their own child. In the embrace of this warm relationship, Eric felt cared for and loved. To his young mind, the door to Habiba and Ismail's house was a gateway to paradise. Fast forward 20 years, Eric is now 30 and has returned to his childhood home to visit his neighbours, only to uncover a shocking secret that has lain hidden in the house where he spent so many happy hours as a child.

Winner of Best Production and Best Original Script at the 2007 Life! Theatre Awards, this new Mandarin production of Fundamentally Happy is translated and directed by Nelson Chia, Artistic Director of Nine Years Theatre. It features a cast and creative team including respected performer Lok Meng Chue paired with Timothy Wan as Habiba and Eric, with set, lighting and sound designs by Wong Chee Wai, Liu Yong Huay and Ng Jing.

An unflinching look at the personal and emotional issues surrounding paedophilia, Fundamentally Happy is a gut-wrenching discourse on the heartbreaking nature of happiness.

Drink and Talk sessions
Nine Years Theatre strives to continuously engage our audiences. We believe that audiences should not merely consume art, but also be offered the opportunity to discuss art. As such, Drink and Talk sessions - a casual post-show dialogue over drinks – will be held after every performance in the Theatre Studio foyer.

The Studios 2017: Fundamentally Happy 本质上快乐 by Nine Years Theatre