About Titoudao

The Cast

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About Titoudao
Iconic Theatre

Regarded amongst the most iconic of Singaporean theatre, Titoudao is back again for an amazing 5th staging that promises a refreshing treat with the same endearing taste! After sweeping the inaugural LIFE! Theatre Awards, including the coveted Play of the Year, this highly-acclaimed masterpiece has gone on to wow audiences from Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou to Cairo.

Titoudao transcends borders with its biographical elements and distinct Singaporean flavour; its reflexive play-within-a-play pronounces intimate struggles between an individual’s dreams and circumstances, brilliantly dissecting tensions between tradition and a society’s progress.

Life Story

Tracing the life story of Madam Oon Ah Chiam, Titoudao portrays the struggles of this petite lady with big dreams, fighting against despairing personal states of poverty, gender inequality and shadowed marital vexations. Above all, invisible shackles from the diminishing state of her craft will confront all the strength and zeal that culminate in this inspirational tale of the person behind her most iconic character.

The stage shifts between Mdm Oon’s painful backstory and her mesmerizing Wayang performances as Titoudao. Against her vibrant comic male facade, the impassioned rendering of the actress’ ordeals highlight the unspoken currents beneath a time of rapid change and progression. Between the present theatrical form and traditional Wayang stage, the play sparkles with a mark of resilience as it presents the beauty of dreams and tradition.

Date : 5 – 15 March 2015
Show Time : 3pm,  8pm
Duration : 120 minutes (with intermission)
Performing Language : Multi-lingual with English Surtitles
Venue : Drama Centre Theatre
Ticket Price : $69, $59, $49 (Exclude $4 SISTIC handling fee
Tickets Available From : SISTIC/(65) 6348 5555/ www.sistic.com.sg
Enquiry Tel : (65) 6222 1526
Creative Team 创作组
Playwright & Director Goh Boon Teck
Opera Coach Christopher Choo
Set Designer Chris Chua
Lighting Designer Adrian Tan
Hair Designer Ashley Lim
Make Up Designer Zennie Casann
Costume Stylist Theresa Chan
Production Team 制作组
Producer Justin Wong
Production Manager 制作经理 Chan Lee Lee
Stage Manager Samantha Chia
Assistant Stage Manager Chong Wee Nee
Valeree Ray Lee
Props Mistress Suan Yip Ling
Sound Engineer Jing Ng
Master Electrician Lee Kong Shen
Script Translator & Surtitle Op Melissa Chin

The Cast


Audrey Luo as Titoudao

Audrey leads a career as a bilingual actress, singer and host. An alumnus of NUS Theatre Studies and pioneer member of W!LD RICE’s young & W!LD, some of the companies she has collaborated with include: Running Into The Sun, The Finger Players, TheatreWorks, Toy Factory, The Theatre Practice, Drama Box, ECNAD, I-Theatre, Paper Monkey, STAGES. In 2012, she was involved in the overseas tour of The Story after Ah Q in Taipei Arts Festival. In the same year, Audrey won Best Supporting Actress in 12th ST Life! Theatre Awards for her role in 881 The Musical. A versatile artist, she was the crosstalk performer for consecutively two years in Meet the BaoZ (2013) and BaoMao X-talk (2014) for The Esplanade Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts. She was last seen in Toy Factory’s overseas tour of Glass Anatomy in Shanghai Original Musical Festival 2014 and Ah Boys To Men the Musical. Audrey is looking forward to     an upcoming project, which is her feature film debut in Cathay’s 80th anniversary movie My Sister Mambo, slated to be released in July 2015.


Trey Ho as Kor Si

Trey loves to marry all forms of art into his performances, and make merry of them. He has performed in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, and is constantly working on his dream to erect a building to house and support actors in Singapore. In recent years, he has been involving himself more in community arts and lives staunchly by Stephan Chow’s words, “how different is a man from a salted fish if he doesn’t have dreams”.


Timothy Wan as Ti Boon Long

A graduate from NUS’ Theatre Studies department, Timothy is currently a freelance theatre practitioner. He has always displayed a great love for the arts, and has been actively involved in different art forms such as music making and writing. He finds the greatest joy, however, as an actor on stage.

In a short span of time, Tim has been fortunate to have been involved in productions by a host of different theatre companies. Some of his theatre credits include: Glass Anatomy, and Romeo & Juliet by Toy Factory, Red Riding Hood, The Nightingale, and Junior Claus with SRT, Army Daze, High Class, Firecrackers & Bombshells, and Hansel & Gretel by Glowtape Productions.

He is grateful for the opportunity to be working with Toy Factory again, and hopes you will have a wonderful experience watching Titoudao.

Josephine Tan as Emperor

Jo is a law graduate who’s somehow found herself hosting, singing, and playing a range of multi-national characters on screens of various sizes (small screen, big screen and computer screen), and for both plays and musicals in English and Mandarin that have travelled as far as Hong Kong and Korea. As recipient of a Singapore National Arts Council Residency, she just returned a few months ago from Paris where she studied under Master Clown Philippe Gaulier, who spent the entire nine months insulting her and giving her Chinese burns. Since her return, she’s constantly been either on the stage and screen, playing major roles in such productions as Michael Chiang’s High Class, W!ld Rice’s Jack & the Beansprout, Toy Factory’s Romeo and Juliet, and TV shows such as SSSOFA and Koji Cooks.

Daphne Quah as Diao Si

Professional Acting in 2010. When she was in London she played WPC Wendy Chiu in the BBC series One Nightand she also played the lead Zara in the horror feature film Crux. She returned to Singapore in February 2013 and since then, her theatre credits include Esplanade 2014 Playtime! series Out of the Box (ensemble), Yellow Chair Production’s All This Intimacy (Maureen), Toy Factory Production’s Romeo & Juliet (Lady Capulet), Esplanade 2013 Playtime! series Hello Ling! (Ling), Platform65’s doublebill of aWake (ensemble) and their adaptation of Kuo Pao Kun’s The Coffin is Too Big for the Hole (ensemble), both of which toured to the Edinburgh Festival in 2012. Television credits include Mata Mata, Incredible Tales, UnNatural, Exposed, Code of Law, Beauty Gone Wrong andCradle of Life. She also played Maggie, wife of local Channel 8 veteran Chen TianWen’s character in the movieWayang Boy.

Rei Poh as Teng Lay Kiao

Rei Poh is a committed theatre practitioner who believes in the power of theatre to transform, and to create hope. Having trained as a director & facilitator under the likes of Adrian Jackson, Babara Santos & David Diamond, Rei has created thought-provoking community & forum theatre works like “Sha Sha”, “Who Cares About Me? & “Run, Run, Run”. He is also the consummate bilingual actor; performing in productions with Dramabox, namely”Trick or Threat”, “House of Sins” & “The Magnanimous Cuckold” as well as “Descendants of The Admiral Eunuch”, “I Love A-Ai” & “11:KPK Devised” with The Theatre Practice. He has also recently appeared in “12 Angry Men” and “An enemy of the people” by Nine Years Theatre to positive reviews. Rei is currently a proud member of the Nine Years Theatre Ensemble Programme.

Benita Cheng as Hong Hong

Benita Cheng is a Singaporean singer/actress who came in 8th position for Campus Superstar 2009 at a tender age. After which, she continues to have faith in her passion and kept singing at any given opportunity. A passion driven stage performer, Benita has gotten herself a role in a local musical by Toy Factory Productions’ 《搭错车》Glass Anatomy: The Musical alongside with Della 丁當, Judee Tan and many more in year 2013 at the Esplanade Theatre and Shanghai Culture Centre in year 2014, and 《唯一》Innamorati: The musical alongside with local singer Tay Kewei, Chriz Tong and Sugianto. This is her third time collaborating with Toy Factory.

Trev Neo as Teng Swee Lian

As a student, Trev often found himself akin to a round peg trying to fit into an education system that groomed square ones. He found the arts to be a source of freedom and soon found himself in the school’s band, choir, modern dance, hip-hop dance, malay dance, jazz dance, and studio recording singing club.

Moving onto LASALLE for dance and musical theatre training became a natural progression. His passion won him entry into scholarship programs with Jitterbugs Swingapore, Ecnad, Singapore Dance Theatre, LA Dance Connection and DanceArts. He started to teach professionally at 17 and was invited to choreograph for Singapore’s first TV musical series, ‘School House Rockz’, the following year. Since then, he has trained many performers who are now already professionals working in the industry. Trev was last seen working in Singapore Repertory Theatre – The Little Company’s ’Nightingale’, ’Rapunzel’, I Theatre’s ‘Under the Dragon Moon’, ‘People’, ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’, ‘Sing to the Dawn’, Theatre Practice’s ‘Lao Jiu’ and Theatrework’s ‘National Broadway Company’ just to name a few.

Creative Team

Goh Boon Teck

One of the most prominent creative forces of Asian theatre, Boon Teck is a distinguished Director, Playwright and Production Designer from Singapore. He graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a string of merit awards and was the first recipient of the VISA International Arts Scholarship. He received the prestigious National Arts Council Young Artist award in 2001 and Singapore Youth Award in 2005. The inaugural LIFE! Theatre Awards saw his original work Titoudao, swept 5 out of the 9 awards. He was also later awarded the Best Set Design for Fireface at the 2003 LIFE! Theatre Awards. Boon Teck was commissioned in 2003 by Japan’s Kageboushi Theatre Company to write and direct PRISM, a 6-country collaboration which toured Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta. In year 2007 and 2008, he was appointed as the Creative Director for Singapore’s National Day Parade. He was the Creative Director for Singapore Day 2011 in Shanghai. In 2014, he was awarded Elite Director Award in One Theatre Awards, Shanghai, China.

Christopher Choo
Opera Coach

Christopher started his involvement in theatre since 1976. He is one of the very few talents who has learnt his craft as the disciple of the late Cantonese Opera Maestro, Mr Lang Chi Pak. Since then, he has been performing Chinese Opera for 25 year. He specialises in Laoshen (Elderly Man) role. He is also very versatike in playing other roles such as the Choushen (Comedian), Hualian (Painted Face) and Laodan (Elderly Lady).

Besides his frequent involvement in the local arts, drama and opera festivals, Christopher also represented Singapore in various Overseas Cultural Exchanges organized by Japan, USA, China, Scotland etc.

His versatility and passion extends beyond the demanding traditional art form.  Christopher also holds an academic drama qualification majoring in Directing. He is a pioneer graduate from Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts. At present, he is one of the very few professional theatre practitioners who can direct, perform in both Traditional Chinese Opera and contemporary English & Chinese Drama.

He is also a Member of the Arts Resource Panel and External Arts Assessor of National Arts Council.

Chris Chua
Set Designer 

Trained at the Central Saint Martins College Of Art and Design, United Kingdom in BA (Hons) Theatre: Design for Performance between 2006 – 2009. During his stay in London, he has assisted in; The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe (Punchdrunk/Battersea Art Centre), This is That by Eugène Ionesco (Peut-être Theatre) & Isaac (Short film). As a Designer/Director, his credits include Merger and Accusations (Singapore Playhouse London, 2008), Coffin Is Too Big For The Hole (College Project, CSM, 2008), The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other (College Project, CSM, 2009).

Upon returning to Singapore in 2009, his design credits include To Kill a Mocking Bird (Toy Factory, 2010), Maha Moggallana – A Story of Filial Piety (Toy Factory, 2010), White Soliloquy (Toy Factory, 2010), Take Heart (Temasek Polytechnic, 2010), Closer (Pangdemonium, 2011), Emily of Emerald Hill (Wild Rice, 2011) & 881 (Toy Factory, 2011). Besides designing, he makes models, props, and also technical manage.

Upon returning to Singapore in 2009, his design credits include To Kill a Mocking Bird (Toy Factory, 2010), Maha Moggallana – A Story of Filial Piety (Toy Factory, 2010), White Soliloquy (Toy Factory, 2010), Take Heart (Temasek Polytechnic, 2010), Closer (Pangdemonium, 2011), Emily of Emerald Hill (Wild Rice, 2011) & 881 (Toy Factory, 2011). Besides designing, he makes models, props, and also technical manage.

Adrian Tan
Lighting  Designer 

Lighting Designer Adrian Tan’s works are spread across all genres of the performing arts.

From Contemporary Dance to Ballet and from Musical Theatre to Opera.

Having designed for most major theatre and dance companies in Singapore, his recent designs include: For Dream Academy, Company The Musical (Nominee, Production of The Year, Life! Theatre Awards 2013). Broadway Beng.Kumar, Crazy Christmas, Happy Ever Laughter (2012 & 2014) and The Hossan Leong Show.

For W!ld Rice, 2014’s Pantomime Monkey Goes West, Cooling Off Day (Nominee, Production of The Year, Life! Theatre Awards 2012) and Cook A Pot Of Curry. For Singapore Lyric Opera, Cosi Fan Tutte and The Merry Widow.

More notably, A Cage Goes In Search of A Bird for A GROUP OF PEOPLE, which was nominated for Best Lighting Design at the 2011 Life! Theatre Awards and also awarded the Production of The Year.

His versatility has been displayed in numerous dance shows, Classical Ballets such as Don Quixote, The Nutcracker And Romeo & Juliet, all 2012 to 2014 editions of Masterpiece In Motion and Ballet Under The Stars, all for Singapore Dance Theatre. As a regular Collaborator with T.H.E Dance Company and Re: Dance Theatre, He has lit most of their shows over the last 3 years. Shows Include Solo/Duets, LiTHE, The Contact Dance Festival, New Vision and As It Fades, All for T.H.E Dance Company. For Re: Dance Theatre, Designs include Colab 2013 and 2014, Revisit The Sunflower, Lost Days, Sleep and Traces, presented as part of the NUS Arts Festival 2014.

Ashley Lim
Hair  Designer 

Ashley became involved with theatrical work in 1987 and has since, worked with almost 150 productions of local and international standards. Many of these productions were participants of drama festivals, some of which became nominees and/or winners of art awards. Ashley has gained a wide range and depth of experience working with all the leading professional theatrical companies of Singapore. He had the opportunities to create hair designs ranging from a diversity of different cultures and periodic eras.

Ashley is particularly thrilled to have participated in the opening of the Singapore Esplanade in the Bay in October 2002 whereby he was the Creative Hair Designer for the World Premier of the musical show Forbidden City – The Portrait of the Empress Dowager, and Selena Tan’s ‘Cabaret Show which subsequently became the successful Dim Sum Dollies annual shows.

Zennie Casann
Hair & Make up Designer 妆发设计

Zennie Casann is a Professional Makeup Artist in Singapore with over 10 years of experience. Makeup is far more than a career or a hobby for me, it’s a passion. I am very focused in the way I capture your ideas and translate them into a form of art, and bringing beauty through makeup is pride as my masterpiece.

Prior to becoming a freelance makeup artist, Zennie worked in Syndey, beauty and cosmetic companies such as Payot, Dermological, Bobbi Brown, Body Shop, True Solutions, Decleor and Fake Bake Self Tanning Systems airbrush. Her love of makeup pushed her to become a professional artist.

Since then, she has been engaged to do makeup work from film and tv to photoshoots and weddings. She has experience with bridal makeup, ROMs, D&Ds, prom nights, beauty pageants, studio photoshoots, and even special effects makeup.

Her impeccable attention to detail has earned her a reputation of excellent client satisfaction and critical expertise.

Theresa Chan
Costume Stylist 

“When it comes to creating magic onstage, everyone plays a part.”

Theresa graduated from Lasalle- SIA College of the Arts in 2004 with a Diploma in Theatre Arts. She believes that one must be versatile to keep up with the trade. Therefore for past 9 years, not only is she actively involved in the Wardrobe Department, she is also an actor and drama educator. With the love, support and many wonderful opportunities given to her through the theatre industry, the time is finally right. She founded her own wardrobe management company ‘THERESA CHAN- the way to Wardrobe Mgmt’. Thank You all for your constant support, trust and belief in me and the team!

Ticketing & Discounts

5 – 15 March 2015
3pm, 8pm

Venue: Drama Centre Theatre

Language: Multi-lingual with English Surtitles

Duration: 120 minutes (with intermission)

Ticket Price

Prices exclude $4 SISTIC fee

MOE School are eligible for 50% TOTE Board Arts Grant Subsidy

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