OIWA – The Ghost of Yotsuya
With an innovative ensemble of puppeteers and actors, this age-old Japanese ghost story of betrayal and revenge is magically reinvented by Singapore’s The Finger Players.
Based on blood-tingling real-life events and historical figures from the Edo period, the tale of Oiwa – a jilted wife who haunts her murderer – continues to reverberate through its countless adaptations.
Now, one of Singapore’s leading theatre companies The Finger Players retells this timeless tale through an innovative ensemble of puppeteers and actors.
Actors simulate the movements of puppets, while shadowy puppeteers manipulate these human puppets, with techniques inspired from Japanese Bunraku – a traditional form of Japanese puppet theatre.
Witness the scorned and powerful figure of Oiwa and the fearsome scavengers and peasants who commit horrific deeds around her, in this riveting tale of revenge, betrayal and heartbreak.
A legend with a contemporary resonance, Oiwa– The Ghost of Yotsuya promises an enthralling performance with hauntingly beautiful moments that unfold one after another.
OIWA – Digital Content (SIFA v2.020):
Check out the three videos below for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the production.
Watch “The World of OIWA” to learn more about the legendary figure Lady Oiwa, followed by “The Creatives of OIWA”, where the designers take you through their creative process and challenges faced in bringing this haunting tale to life.
Finally, “OIWA – Rites, Rituals and Rumours”, explores the ritual the creative team underwent at Lady Oiwa’s shrine in Japan, as part of their production preparation process.
Director/Playwright: Chong Tze Chien
Dramaturg: Mari Boyd
Script Translation: Saoko Ikuno
Set Designer: Wong Chee Wai
Sound Design & Music Composition: Darren Ng
Sound System Design: Ctrl Fre@k (Jeffrey Yue)
Lighting Designer: Lim Woan Wen
Costume Designer: Max Tan
Assistant Costume Designer: Wong Wai Toh
Props Master: Loo An Ni
Puppetry & Mask Designers & Makers: Ang Hui Bin, Myra Loke, Daniel Sim
Props Master: Loo An Ni
Puppetry Advisor (Workshop Phase): Yuki Magosaburo
Production Manager: Lam Dan Fong
Technical Manager: Ian Tan
Stage Manager: Keira Lee
Assistant Stage Managers: Alethea Koh, Auderia Tan
Lighting Programmer: Ctrl Fre@k (Wee Cheng Low)
Sound Operator: Ctrl Fre@k (Lee Yew Jin)
Surtitle Operator: Rochelle Edelweiss Boon
Interpreter: Mio Nakano
Wardrobe Manager: Theresa Chan
Dresser: Tiffany Chai
Production Assistant: Ang Hwee Leng
Crew: Ng Bi Yu
Ang Hui Bin
Toh Kwee Kee
Singapore International Festival of Arts
Nine Years Theatre
Priest Kenro Uematsu
Tan Wei Ting
The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2022
Production of the Year
Best Director – Chong Tze Chien
Best Costume – Max Tan
Best Set – Wong Chee Wai