Co-produced by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay & Drama Box, featuring ARTivate

Photos © The Esplanade Co Ltd

24 – 26 May 2016, 2.30pm & 5pm

Esplanade Theatre Studio

Performed in Mandarin (NO surtitles)

A traditional kopi tiam, rich in memories and heritage, is at risk of becoming irrelevant when faced with rapid changes in our society. How should the elderly owner of the kopi tiam and his grandson deal with these external changes and pressures, and negotiate their differing views?

Adapted from Cultural Medallion recipient Kuo Pao Kun's 1986 play, Kopitiam, this experiential and interactive theatre performance will take the audience to the world of traditional coffee shops, allowing them an inlet to this important aspect of Singaporean culture.

Students will be tasked to think critically and analyse the issue of development in Singapore through facilitated discussion and activities, encouraging them to imagine / re-imagine their role in shaping Singapore's future.

Learning Objectives

This performance will help students to:
  • gain a deeper understanding of the kopitiam history and culture in Singapore
  • critically analyse the issue of development in Singapore
  • imagine / re-imagine their role in shaping Singapore's future

Kopitiam also marks the graduation of the 2nd cohort of ARTivate – The Youth Wing of Drama Box. After two years of training and capacity building, the youths, at the helm of director Han Xuemei, resident artist of Drama Box, take up most of the roles in the production of Kopitiam, from (most of the) cast ensemble, assistant production and stage manager, assistant director, to set, lighting and costume designers.

Kopitiam is presented as part of Esplanade's Feed Your Imagination (F.Y.I). Additional show for public is available on 26 May 2016, 8pm.


Creative Team

Kuo Pao Kun

Adapted and directed by
Han Xuemei

Director's Assistant
Teo Pei Si
Desmond Soh

Set Design
Chan Silei

Set Designer's Assistant
Ming Zhao Zi (ARTivate)

Lighting Design
Petrina Dawn Tan

Sound Design
Jeffrey Yue

Sound Operator and Composer
Lee Yew Jin

Multimedia Design
Zhang Yiwen (ARTivate), Han Xuemei

Costume Design and Make-up
Valerie Chua (ARTivate)

Julius Foo
Neo Hai Bin

Toh Wee Peng
Pang Cai Feng
Teo Pei Si
Melody Chan
Lin Yushi

Cast in film
Chloe Lin (ARTivate)
Neo Hai Bin
Lee Hua Jay

Chloe Lin (ARTivate)
Koh Hui Ling

Voice Over
Han Tan Juan
Muhammad Adib Bin Kosnan Siran
Jalyn Han
Chee Fee Min
Edward Choy
Koh Hui Ling

Production Team

Tay Jia Ying

Project Manager
Josephine Lee, Chng Yi Kai (ARTivate)

Company Production Manager
Ng Siaw Hui

Production Stage Manager
Lam Dan Fong

Assistant Stage Manager
Angelina Teo (ARTivate)

Publicity & Marketing
Nicole Lim
Amanda Leong

Melody Chan
Chloe Lin
Zhang Yiwen
Chng Yi Kai
Desmond Soh

Audience Development
Chong Gua Khee
Pang Cai Feng (ARTivate)

Supported by

Chinese Language Culture Fund Lee Foundation Promote Mandarin Council

Mr Lee Kiah Foo

Kheng Keow Coffee Merchants Restaurant & Bar-Owners Association


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