Singapore Mandarin theatre


Nine Years Theatre is a Mandarin theatre company embedded in multicultural Singapore. We regard Chinese culture as the foundation of our work rather than the centre of our practice. We present mainly Mandarin productions, as well as multilingual and inter-disciplinary works occasionally, with English supertitles. Our works are recognised for being artistically grounded, culturally challenging, for touching on universal themes and care for humanity. Therefore, we have always connected with audiences from diverse backgrounds through our work.

We believe in entertaining our audience, but in ways that are honest and meaningful. We hope to engage our audiences beyond performance, and to share our knowledge with the larger community. We are invested in engaging in challenging and dialogic partnerships with local and international collaborators in meaningful ways.

Nine Years Theatre Ltd. is a charity with IPC status. Nine Years Theatre is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2022.

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Nine Years Theatre


Trains via systematic methods

We are the only company that works with an ensemble of actors that trains regularly on a long-term basis via systematic methods.


NYT Ensemble is unique in Singapore

Under the Artistic Director Nelson Chia’s leadership, the NYT ensemble is currently developing a performance approach known as “The Paradoxical Body: NYT Actors’ Work”.


NYT strives to continuously engage our audiences

We believe that audiences should not merely consume art, but also be offered the opportunity to discuss art. As such, Drink and Talk sessions - a casual post-show dialogue over drinks - are held after every performance of our play.

《纪念日,再见》See You, Anniversary

Kelvin and Annie have been together for 29 years, from the time they met and fell in love, to the time they got married, had a child, and started a business together. The way they maintain their relationship is to always celebrate their anniversary, and to look back on the many firsts in their lives - first date, first kiss, the first time they held hands, the first breakup… However, the reality of life forbids them to keep looking back. In the end, who remembers? And who is reminiscing?

凯文和安妮从相识,相恋,到结婚,生孩子,共同创业,一起度过了29年。他们维持关系的方法是,一定要庆祝周年纪念日,而且还要一起回忆他们的许多第一次 — 第一次约会、第一次接吻、第一次牵手、第一次分手… 但是现实的生活步伐,却不允许他们永远往回看。最终,谁还记得,是谁在思念?

Date and Day: Thu - Sun, 15 - 25 September 2022

Timing: Tue - Sat 8pm; Sat - Sun 3pm

Venue: National Library Board, Drama Centre Black Box, Level 5

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Windward Side of the Mountain 《山的迎风面》

SAtheCollective, Nine Years Theatre and T.H.E Dance Company join forces for the first time to co-create Windward Side of the Mountain, a site-specific production set in urban Asia. Following a group of modern-day sojourners, ventured into unchartered waters as they weather the ups and downs of their dangerous journey. Before long, they find themselves on the other side of a legendary mountain - only to discover this is where the wind bellows.

Incorporating contemporary music, theatre and dance, this artistic collaboration between three local groups of different disciplines celebrates the warmth, strength and will of humanity.

Date and Day: Thurs - Sun, 9 - 12 June 2022

Timing: 8pm

Venue: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Various locations, Level 6

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Electrify My World 《让世界触电》

In 1879, scientific genius Thomas Edison successfully created the world's first practical incandescent bulb. He was about to light up New York and the entire world, using his Direct Current electrical system. Along came another inventor Nikola Tesla who insisted that his Alternating Current electrical system was superior to Edison's. A battle ensued, as ambitions and aspirations clashed in this "War of Currents". What drove these great minds to achieve the impossible, and what must they learn to sacrifice in order to truly benefit the world?

Inspired by historical events, Electrify My World by Nine Years Theatre is a power-charged, original play that will jolt you into seeing Science and Humanity in new light.




Date and Day: Fri - Sun 8 - 10 October 2021, Tues - Sun 12 - 17 October 2021

Timing: 8pm

Venue: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, SCCCI Multi-Purpose Hall, Level 7

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Electrify My World

Oedipus 《王命》

A modern retelling of the great Sophoclean tragedy, Oedipus Rex

All Eyes On A man Who Is Blind

The city of Thebes is suffering under a devastating pandemic. President Oedipus vows to put an end to the crisis and help restore the city, like he once did before. Upon consulting the Oracle, the solution is clear. Find the murderer of their previous leader, Laius. So begins a manhunt for the city’s most wanted. But as the investigation starts, secrets from the past resurface.

In a thrilling modern re-telling of the great Sophoclean tragedy, Oedipus, delves deep into how man deals with the fate dealt to us. Who is really in control, the great unknown, or us?

Date and Day: Fri - Sun, 5 - 7 February 2021

Timing: Fri - Sat 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm; Sun 2pm, 6pm

Venue: KC Arts Centre

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First Fleet

Nine Years Theatre and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre jointly present to you First Fleet. Audience will be seated in the same space with the actors, along an outline of a “ship” as the ship sets sail to explore the relationships between theatre and humanity.

The year is 1787. The First Fleet of the British Empire sets sail for Australia with a group of convicts aboard, to establish a penal colony. Along the way, the Governor instructs one of his lieutenants to rehearse a play with the convicts, with the hope of using the power of theatre to rehabilitate them.
But who has ever heard of an officer putting up a play with his convicts? Certainly not the other officers, priest, judge, doctor or the convicts, who all have reservations about such a ridiculous proposition. Will they eventually be able to stage the play successfully?

For these officers and convicts, is the foreign land that they are attempting to build a penal colony in, a brave new world or simply a nightmare from hell?

*First Fleet is inspired by Thomas Keneally’s novel The Playmaker and other materials on the convict transportation to Australia.

Date and Day: Fri - Sun, 5 - 14 March 2021

Timing: Tues - Sat: 7.30pm | Sat & Sun: 2.30pm

Venue: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Far East Organization Auditorium, Level 


Between You and Me 《你我之间》

A long hidden secret rises to the fore— and with it, cracks begin to appear in the familial ties between a mother and her three daughters. Are the bonds between them strong enough to weather this impending crisis?

Forced into retirement due to her ailing health, a veteran film and TV actress finds herself missing the glitz and the attention. These days, actress Lin Li Qing occupies her time thinking up ways to battle boredom, and nagging at her three daughters for not spending enough time with her. The eldest, Shi Qi, is embroiled in a secret divorce; the second daughter, Shi Lin, is a respected stage actress fighting self-doubt and a stagnating career; and the youngest, Shi Jie, tires of her mother’s constant nagging to find a life partner.

In a bolt from the blue, Li Qing wins a prestigious acting award, thrusting her back into the spotlight and also onto the theatre stage with Shi Lin. Staged conflicts become reality as mother and second daughter clash time and again, dredging up decades of hurt and dragging Shi Qi and Shi Jie into a whirlpool of suppressed emotions.

Not long after, the family gathers to celebrate Li Qing’s 70th birthday. Outside, the rain clouds converge ominously…

Celebrating 10 illustrious years, Nine Years Theatre joins hands with Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts once again, to commemorate the festival’s 20th anniversary with the company’s debut production in the Esplanade Theatre. An original play written and directed by award winning local theatre stalwart, Nelson Chia, and featuring a stellar cast of actors such as Goh Guat Kian, Sharon Au, Mia Chee, Jean Ng, Johnny Ng, and Liow Shi Suen, Between You and Me tells the secrets inherent in every family.

Date and Day: Fri - Sun, 11-13 Feb 2022, 18 Feb & 19 Feb 2022

Timing: Fri & Sat: 8pm, Sun: 3pm

Venue: Esplanade Theatre

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