Must See - Emily of Emerald Hill @ Victoria Theatre in Singapore

A wonderful play (actually possibly one of the best I've seen by a Singapore playwright) and a tour de force for the actress Margaret Chan, who manages to captivate an audience with her solo performance playing a Nonya matriarch reliving her life. More than any visit to the Peranakan museum, this 26-year old dramatic monologue by Stella Kon brings the Peranakan culture and its tradition to life. Chan was in turn charming, funny, authoritative and scheming. From a young bride plotting to get the favours of her in-laws and getting the upper hands on her sisters in law, to becoming the mistress of a grand home, entertaining guests and managing her staff, Emily gives an insight into a Nonya’s lifestyle. Catch it if you can