It’s early December 2019 and is about to embark on a time-travel expedition: to find out what Singapore was like in the 1940s-80s. All it takes us is a 70-minute flight to Ipoh where the Medicacorp English drama Titoudao: Inspired by the True Story of a Wayang Star. in its final weeks of a four-month shoot.

Adapted from a local play of the same name — first performed in 1994 — by playwright Goh Boon Teck, Titoudao follows the life of Ah Chiam, a lowly Hokkien street opera performer who rose above personal and professional hurdles to become a wayang icon. The story is inspired by Goh’s mother and real-life Chinese opera dowager Oon Ah Chiam.

Titoutdao is the third stage-to-screen remake — after Dick Lee’s Fried Rice Paradise and Michael Chiang’s Mixed Signals — in Mediacorp’s ‘Lights. Camera. Singapore.’ series, a showcase devoted to championing homegrown content in movies, musicals and books.

The 13-part biopic, spanning the 1940s to the present time, stars Malaysian newcomer Koe Yeet as the indomitable Ah Chiam as well as Andie Chen, Constance Lau, Nick Shen, Joel Choo, and Fann Wong, making her Mediacorp English drama debut as Ah Chiam’s mother.


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