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神笔马良 • The Magic Paintbrush

Winner of M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2017 for Best Production for the Young, Paper Monkey Theatre returns to Moonfest with 神笔马良 The Magic Paintbrush!

29 September – 1 October 2017

29 September 2017: 10.30am & 3pm
30 September & 1 October 2017: 2pm & 5.30pm

Esplanade Theatre Studio

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Once upon a time, there lived a poor orphan boy named Ma Liang. He loved to draw, but was too poor to buy a paintbrush, so he used coal and a stick to draw instead. His dedication moved the gods and they gave him a magic paintbrush that brought all the things he drew magically to life! He used the magic paintbrush to help the poor villagers, but an evil landlord and the greedy Emperor captured Ma Liang, and forced him to paint gold and silver for them.

Will Ma Liang be able to escape and continue to do good and help the villagers? Find out in The Magic Paintbrush!

An exciting performance based on a classic Chinese folktale, this engaging puppetry adaptation lets children learn about determination and kindness. Featuring exquisite traditional hand puppets, lively action and melodious music that will enthral and entertain all, from the young to the young at heart!

Written and Directed by: Benjamin Ho
Set Designer: Hella Chan
Lighting Designer: Alberta Wileo
Sound Designer: SA the Collective
Composer: Liong Kit Yeng
Dramaturg: Caleb Lee
Voice Coach: Ma Gyap Sen
Performed by: Andy Pang, Hang Qian Chou, Lim Meng Jiat, Renee Chua, Shirley Sim, Sunny Yang

The Magic Paintbrush

Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles.

Recommended for children aged 5 and up.
Admission only for children aged 4 and up.

Ticket Price: $22

Tote Board Arts Grant
All Primary Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost. For more details, please contact Esplanade Box Office at 6828 8389 or email:

This production is commissioned and presented by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.