Theatre, Festival

Prism of Truth 眾相

Organised by: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: GroundZ-0
  • Date:
    31 Jan, 1, 2, 4, 5 Feb 2020
  • Time:
    Fri, Tue & Wed: 8:00pm
    Sat: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
    Sun: 3:00pm
  • Duration:
    2h, no intermission
  • Venue:
    Esplanade Annexe Studio
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  • Language:
    Performed in a mix of Mandarin, English, and some Chinese dialects, no surtitles.
  • Admission:
  • Advisory:
    No latecomer entry or re-entry for this performance. Advisory: Some mature content – coarse language and sexual references. No admission for ages below 13. Floor seating only. This is a participatory work — please dress comfortably as audiences may be ex


It's Friday night. Everyone is out painting the town red. A car in a secluded spot near a bar quietly holds a bloodied corpse. This looks like a murder, but nothing is as it seems.

A high-ranking police officer, a dedicated educator and an award-winning entrepreneur cross paths in the bar. The chance encounter leads these three individuals down a rabbit hole that ends in blood. Was it a murder or a suicide? An act of self-defence or a retaliation to a rape?

As everyone presents their testimony to the jury, the audience navigates the maze of unreliable accounts and conflicting evidence, and sifts its way through an influx of news footage and social commentary. You are left to decide what exactly happened. Can you discern fact from fiction? Can you really know the truth?

A multilingual production directed by Zelda Tatiana Ng, co-written by Zelda Tatiana Ng and A Yagnya, and inspired by Rashōmon, Prism of Truth is a mixed-media participatory experience that takes the audience on a journey to examine and challenge the nature of truth.

[Note: 《眾相》=《众相》. The traditional Chinese character of 眾 is a pictogram that depicts a pair of eyes looking at the crowd.]
Director: Zelda Tatiana Ng
Co-Playwrights: Zelda Tatiana Ng & A Yagnya
Dramaturg: Chong Tze Chien
Cast: Lina Yu, Darren Guo, Nicholas Bloodworth, Rizman Putra, Doreen Toh, Julius Foo
Multimedia Designer: Koo Chia Meng
Set Designer: Wong Chee Wai
Lighting Designer: Liu Yong Huay
Sound Designer: Jing Ng
Social Media Designers: Max Yam & Sam Kee
Costume Design: MAX.TAN

Photo Credit: Crispian Chan

Prism of Truth 眾相