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

Toy Factory Productions TOY肥料厂 (Singapore)

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  • SIFA On Demand:
    5 June - 20 June

    29 May, Sat, 2pm
    29 May, Sat, 8pm
    30 May, Sun, 2pm
  • SIFA On Demand:
    5 June - 20 June

    Creative Captioning (English and Chinese) is available for SIFA On Demand.

  • $48, $58*, $68
    *Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors
    Limited student tickets at $10

    Tote Board Arts Grant
    All Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges / Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost. Special Education Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 70% of the programme cost.

  • All Access - Bundle of 17
    Programmes Included
    1. The Commission
    2. A Dream Under the Southern Bough: Existence 《南柯一梦》之辱梦
    3. A Song for Louis
    4. OIWA - The Ghost of Yotsuya
    5. The Year of No Return
    6. Three Sisters 三姐妹
    7. The Rhythm of Us
    8. _T0701_
    9. Be Comforted Now: Bach Cantatas
    10. Before Life and After
    11. Echoes of Fire and Water
    12. Healing Rhapsody
    13. Ghosts of Yesteryear

    *Bundle of 12 includes the 4 titles within SIFA on Demand: SIFA v2.020:
    1. The Wandering
    2. Sound Social - Planeswalker
    3. Sound Social - Zul Mahmod
    4. Sound Social - weish x Gabriel Loh

    • 2h, no intermission

    • Rating: General

      No admission for infants-in-arms
      Admission for audience age 6 years and above

    • Performed in Mandarin with English subtitles

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

Toy Factory Productions TOY肥料厂 (Singapore)


When you’re stuck in a dream that seems larger than life, blurring the boundaries between imagination and your existence, what do you do? 

Toy Factory’s ambitious redevelopment of Tang Xianzu’s 16th century epic culminates in A Dream Under The Southern Bough: Existence at the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2021.  Marrying a classic play written in the Ming Dynasty with contemporary sensibilitiesExistence is certain to be an extravaganza epic. 

As we reminisce the wonders and fantasies in The Beginning, as well as the bountiful blessings and beauty in Reverie, we invite you to dream with us in the finale play of the trilogy, Existence, in all its bold and ambitious glory. 


In an extravagant dream spanning twenty years, Chun Yu Fen finds the perfect life he has yearned for bestowed upon him. He excels in governing the Southern Bough and lives blissfully with his spouse, the Kingdom’s princess, and their children. 

His perfect life is short-lived when a series of unfortunate and tragic events threatens to destroy Chun’s perfect life – a love rival, a violent invasion from another kingdom, failure to defend his troops in the crossfire, and the death of his beloved spouse.  

Disillusioned and heart-broken, Chun devotes his time to work, swiftly rising through the ranks. He indulges in alcohol and merry-making as his status grows but neglects his official duties, much to the chagrin of the King, who banishes Chun from the Ant Kingdom. 

On his journey home, Chun retraces the paths he crossed decades ago and abruptly awakens from his twenty-year dream, realising that time has barely passed and that reality mirrors his dream – human calamities continue to ensue. Despite the passage of a mere few minutes, Chun experiences an entire lifetime in his slumber, traversing the blurred lines between dream and reality 





汤显祖《南柯一梦》昆曲话剧2021年将迎来三部曲的完结篇《南柯一梦》之辱梦 。 1600年前的明代经典作品,我们用现代艺术理念浇灌,呈献给当今的观众。古代文言文的美韵结合现代的舞台演绎,这将是一次时空反转式的艺术再现。 








Nine Years Theatre (Singapore) and SITI Company (USA)

The Necessary Stage (Singapore)

Curated by Asian Film Archive