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Lao Jiu: The Musical 2017

A Boy. A Dream. A Choice.

Date:6 - 23 April 2017

Venue:Drama Centre Theatre


Lao Jiu, a Singapore classic that has stood the test of time, will awake your aspiration to pursue your dream.

Lao Jiu, literally “the ninth child”, is the only son in the family. An incredibly intelligent boy on track to win a prestigious scholarship, but he finds his true calling in the declining traditional puppetry arts. Torn between his dream and responsibilities, will Lao Jiu follow his heart; or will he cave to the needs of his family, seeking wealth and success?

Lao Jiu: The Musical is adapted from a play by late theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun. Featuring songs composed and written by local Mandopop luminaries Eric Ng and Xiaohan, this acclaimed musical has moved countless audiences, both young and old.

Directed by The Theatre Practice’s Artistic Director Kuo Jian Hong, Lao Jiu: The Musical returns by popular demand this 2017 to tell a courageous and heartwarming story through a flawless union of song, dance, and various forms of puppetry.

A must watch for all!

Original Work | Kuo Pao Kun 
Script Adaptation | Liu Xiaoyi 
Lyricist | Xiaohan
Composer | Eric Ng  
Director | Kuo Jian Hong
Arranger | Bang Wenfu
Music Director & Co-Arranger | Julian Wong  
Choreographer | Seong Hui Xuan
Set & Costume Design | Chen Szu-Feng
Puppet Designer & Trainer | Benjamin Ho (Paper Monkey Theatre)
Lighting Designer | Genevieve Peck
Sound Designer | Shah Tahir
Hair Designer | Ashley Lim
Makeup Designer | The Make Up Room


Sugie Phua, Ng Johnny, Yeo Lyle, Ethel Yap, Peter Ong, Goh Guat Kian,
Gloria Ang Xiao Teng, Jodi Chan, Isabella Chiam, Benjamin Chow, 
Edward Choy, Darren Guo, Hang Qian Chou, Xavier Kang, 
Petrina Kow, Abby Lai Ka Hei, Ric Liu, Vanessa Phang Wan Qing, 
Katherine Tang, Tay Wei Liang, Natalie Yeap, Benjamin Wong, Catherine Wong 


Download e-programme (Low-res 7MB)



There is the love The Theatre Practice has for every element of its art.

The Straits Times,13 April 2017


联合早报,13 April 2017

EMOTIVE songs, effective choreography, and a moving story with a classic struggle

The Business Time,14 April 2017



The most important aspect of an arts education for a child is its integration within culture itself. Culture sets forth the foundation on which a country is built upon: its direction, pathways and values. The education of arts and culture very much emphasizes the development of character.

Goh Lay Kuan | Co-Founder / Artistic Advisor