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Singapore International Festival of Arts 2020
A Dream Under the Southern Bough: Existence
《南柯一梦》之辱梦 by Toy Factory Productions (Singapore)

An imaginative tour de force, A Dream Under The Southern Bough: Existence is the final installation of this fantastical tale of love and dreams 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…










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Super Early Bird Sales
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2 Dec 2019, 9am till 25 Feb 2020


Mandarin with English surtitles


Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes
(with 20 minutes intermission)

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Rating / Age Limit

  • Rating: General
  • No admission for infants in arms and children below 6 years old
  • Children 6 years and above must purchase ticket for entry
  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance

Late Seating Advisory

  • Patrons are advised to be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time
  • Late arrival may result in non-admittance until a suitable break in the performance

Photography / Video Recording Rules

  • No photography, video and audio recording is permitted for this event, except from curtain call

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25% Discount for Super Early Bird
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[Valid from 2 Dec 2019 - 25 Feb 2020]

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S$10 Tickets for Student Front Row Special
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Event Date
Fri, 22 - Sun, 24 May 2020

Fri & Sat: 8pm
Sun: 3pm

Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: S$58, S$38

Seating Plan