A Dream Under The Southern Bough: Existence 《南柯一梦》之辱梦

Toy Factory / TOY肥料厂 (Singapore, 新加坡)

Event is cancelled

  • 22 – 24 May 2020
    Fri & Sat, 8pm | Sun, 3pm
  • Drama Centre Theatre
  • 2020年5月22日与23日(星期五与六)


  • $38*, $58
    25% Super Early Bird
    (Till 25 Feb 2020)
    Standard Price
    Cat 1
    Cat 2

    *Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors.
    Limited student front row tickets at $10.


  • Festival Commission

    2h 20m, including a 20min intermission

  • Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles
  • Rating: General
    No admission for infants-in-arms
    Admission for audience age 6 years and above

    分级制: 普通级

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A Dream Under The Southern Bough: Existence 《南柯一梦》之辱梦

Toy Factory / TOY肥料厂 (Singapore, 新加坡)

An imaginative tour de force, A Dream Under The Southern Bough: Existence is the final installation of the trilogy, a tale of the disparities between one’s dream and reality by Singaporean company, Toy Factory.

Written more than 400 years ago, A Dream Under The Southern Bough is renowned Ming Dynasty writer Tang Xianzu’s play about naval officer Chun Yu Fen, who plunges into a dream world he never knew existed, after falling asleep under a bough tree.

Ambitiously adapted for the contemporary stage, A Dream Under The Southern Bough: Existence is the triumphant culmination of an epic trilogy by Singapore’s Toy Factory. Depicting an extravagant dream across two decades, reminisce on the wonders of The Beginning, and the heady beauty of Reverie, as Existence unfolds with all its bold and ambitious glory.

Chun Yu Fen is now living the perfect life in the Ant Kingdom. He excels in governing the Southern Bough and lives blissfully with his wife, the Kingdom’s princess and their children.

But trouble soon arrives in paradise, as a series of tragic events threaten to unravel everything he loves – the arrival of a romantic rival, a violent invasion, the loss of his troops in crossfire, and the death of his wife.

Disillusioned and heartbroken, Chun drowns himself in work and drunken merry-making. But his indulgences soon take their toll. As Chun neglects his official duties, much to the chagrin of the King, he finds himself banished from the Ant Kingdom.

As dream and reality collide, Chun abruptly wakes up from his twenty-year dream to discover time has barely passed. Retracing the paths he crossed decades ago, he realises dreams are but a mere reflection of reality – a broken world filled with love, sorrow and calamity.

Despite the passage of a mere few minutes, Chun realises he has spent an entire lifetime in his slumber, traversing the blurred lines between dreams and reality…









Nine Years Theatre and SITI Company (Singapore & USA)

The Finger Players (Singapore)

Kidd Pivot / Created by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young (Canada)