Mari Kita Main Wayang (Let’s Stage A Play)

Organised by: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: Written by Felix Chia; Adapted by Zulfadli Rashid; Directed by Alvin Tan
  • Date:
    17 - 19 Nov 2023
  • Time:
    17 Nov, Fri, 8:00pm
    18 Nov, Sat, 2:30pm & 8:00pm
    19 Nov, Sun, 2:30pm & 8:00pm
  • Duration:
    3h with 15min intermission
  • Venue:
    Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
    Singtel Waterfront Theatre at EsplanadeSingtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
  • Language:
    English, Baba Malay, with English surtitles
  • Admission:
    $45, $60
  • Advisory:
    6 years and above


Hijinks and humour abound in Mari Kita Main Wayang (Let's Stage A Play)!

This play-within-a-play follows a group of eight Peranakans who come together to stage Empat Bini, an ambitious script that is set within the illustrious walls of a royal court. However, all is not as it seems—as the play unfolds, a gripping narrative of power gone awry among the players comes to light.

Presented in Baba Melayu and peppered with familiar expressions, Mari Kita Main Wayang is a love letter to the rich Peranakan cultural heritage deeply rooted in Singapore. It pays homage to the under-appreciated art form of Peranakan theatre, while highlighting the significance of having this heritage represented on stage. Witness the revival of this tradition and be transported to a bygone era where the past meets the present.

First staged in 1994, this adaptation of Felix Chia's script is comedic, unique and utterly captivating—look forward to witty banter, dramatic storytelling and masterful performances by the cast!

Mari Kita Main Wayang (Let’s Stage A Play)