SAF 2005 - National Theatre Company of China


Singapore Arts Festival 2005


~ The Season of Brilliance ~


26 May – 26 June





National Theatre Company of China



 : 26 – 29 May 2005


 : 8.00pm


 : Esplanade Theatre


 : $82, $72, $62, $52, $42, $32, $21


 : 140 Minutes (No Intermission)


Supported by Hong Leong Foundation


Co-commissioned by the Singapore Arts Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival and the 
National Theatre Company of China


Co-produced by National Theatre Company of China and Hong Kong Arts Festival in association with Singapore Arts Festival


Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles
Contains some scenes with strong language and adult themes not suitable for children
Post-show Dialogue with Meng Jinghui on 27 May


Amber, a gripping music theatre spectacle, ushers in the Singapore Arts Festival 2005. Directed by Meng Jinghui (孟京辉), China’s most influential contemporary director and produced by the leading and prestigious National Theatre Company of China, Amber is a powerful drama of a poignant love layered with deceit.  Played to sold-out performances in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, Amber promises to mesmerize audiences with a captivating performance by an elite cast of theatre practitioners from across China.


Starring award-winning actor Liu Ye (刘烨) and acclaimed actress Yuan Quan (袁泉), Amber is backed by a remarkable creative team which includes playwright Liao Yimei (廖一梅) and music director Yao Chien (姚谦).  Liu Ye won the Golden Horse Award for Best Actor for the film Lan Yu 《蓝宇》in 2001 (presented in 2002 Singapore International Film Festival) and the Golden Rooster Award for Best Actor for Mei Ren Cao《美人草》 in 2004. Amber marks his debut in the theatre as the lead character Gao Yuan(高辕). Yuan Quan is the winner of the Golden Rooster Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film Mei Li de Da Jiao 《美丽的大脚》in 2002. She acts opposite Liu Ye as the lovelorn woman Shen Xiaoyou(沈小优) in Amber. The chemistry between these two award-winning performers is both electrifying and moving. 


Amber tells the tale of a man who dies in an accident and has his heart transplanted into the body of another man - a rogue leading a decadent life. However, the girlfriend of the deceased believes that she can help the rogue redeem his soul. Set in a modern world that is full of sham sentiments and falsehoods, Amber reveals a woman in pursuit of a love that is starkly contrasted against the perplexing social and moral values of contemporary China. 

Renowned for drawing his dramatic material from quintessential Chinese images and styles, Meng Jinghui’s avant-garde style of theatre is wildly popular amongst the young.  Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles, Amber provides international audiences an opportunity to indulge in the best of contemporary Chinese theatre.


Talk by Meng Jing Hui


28 May 2005, 3-4pm, Hotel Rendezvous (Merevale 1)


To learn more about the contemporary theatre scene in China, the public is also warmly invited to enjoy a conversation with Meng Jinghui.  Admission is free.


Please refer to the attached annexes for more information: 



  • Synopsis
  • Playwright’s & Director’s Notes
  • Profiles of Leads and Creative Team
  • Profile of National Theatre Company of China