Intriguing performance about a triple agent in colonial Southeast Asia

The Mysterious Lai Teck

Ho Tzu Nyen

Lai Teck was the leader of the Communist Party in Malaysia from 1939 to 1947. He was also a triple agent, working for France, Britain and Japan. Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen investigates the life of this man who reportedly had more than thirty identities. In a visually disorienting, cryptic staging with mechanical elements, projections and music, Ho plays an ingenious game of masking and
revealing. In 2018 the festival presented Ho Tzu Nyen’s One or Several Tigers. He is praised for work which shines a light on forgotten or concealed aspects of the history of Southeast Asia, a region with many nationalities, divided by numerous conflicts.


concept, direction, text, edit
Ho Tzu Nyen
performer, voice, translation
Tay Kong Hui
research consultant
Marc Opper
Light, set, technical direction
Andy Lim
Jeffrey Yue
Black to Comm
Creature NFX Workshop
digital visual effects & CG
Graham Lamb
with support by
National Arts Council, Singapore

This performance was made possible with support by