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Published on Jul 17, 2012
Trailer of Emily of Emerald Hill (G) Presented by Margaret Chan, National Arts Council and Orangedot Management Pte Ltd for the Singapore Arts Festival 2010
Video Recorded on 10 June 2010 -- Full Dress Rehearsal (Performed in English) Emily of Emerald Hill is a one-woman play about a Singaporean matriarch set in the 1950's. A hallmark play written by Stella Kon, Emily opens a window into the lives of the Straits-born Chinese community caught between the tensions of the displacement of traditional Chinese values by new ideas from the West. Margaret Chan first performed Emily at the 1985 Singapore Drama Festival and made Singapore theatre history when she took the production, directed by Max Le Blond, to the Commonwealth Arts Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1986. Margaret reprises this iconic role 25 years later, in a farewell tribute to the grand dame of Singapore theatre, Victoria Theatre, which closes for renovations after Emily. Margaret sees the 2010 production, helmed by Jeremiah Choy, as a fitting tribute to the indomitability of Singapore theatre.