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Why We Chat?


Thu Mar 1 2018, 7:30pm–10:30pm
Fri Mar 2 2018, 7:30pm–10:30pm
Sat Mar 3 2018, 7:30pm–10:30pm
Sun Mar 4 2018, 2:30pm–5:30pm

Where: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive, Marina Bay, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages


Listed by: espl

A theatrical presentation on modern relationships and ghost stories, inspired by the classical Chinese literary collection Liaozhai Zhiyi (Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio).

A wise man once said, “True love is like ghosts—you hear of them a lot, but few are those who actually come across one”.

In a room of an established hotel, a businessman is gripped with boredom. His room telephone rings and he answers. It is a woman claiming to be a fellow hotel guest, calling a random room out of boredom. The two lonely souls make a bet with each other: whomever is able to tell a story that piques the other’s interest, wins the reward of seeing the other. So begins a cat-and-mouse game of storytelling as they wander all over the hotel through their stories, chasing demons, ghosts and each other. As story after story unfolds, the line between reality and fiction blurs.

Ten years ago, award-winning director and actress Sylvia Chang first met popular actor David Wang in the play Design for Living. In "Why We Chat?", they meet again. But this time, what are they? Restless humans? Relentless ghosts? Shape-shifting fox spirits?

Directed by award-winning director Edward Lam and written by the highly sought-after playwright-actress Wong Wing Sze, "Why We Chat?" lets us gaze deep into ourselves, and into each other.

“These days, we have so many ways of communicating with each other, but have people become afraid of engaging in real conversations? We float through the day, and come alive only at night. We take what we want from each other, but we resist giving ourselves to others. We constantly battle our emotional needs with the physical realities of everyday life. Are we becoming less human and more like ghosts? What if the fox spirit truly exists, a being who can see our innermost wants and desires and is able to hold all these up to the light?” - Edward Lam