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Old Xinjiang folk tale Nasirdin Afandi gets new lease of life in Kallang Theatre adaptation

Musical tells of a young man who has been tricked but sets things right with the help of a wise old philosopher

Published on May 14, 2014 7:08 PM
The 105-minute show Nasirdin Afandi premiered in Beijing last year. -- PHOTO: BEIJING HUAXIA MUSICAL PERFORMING TROUPE

An old Xinjiang folk tale, Nasirdin Afandi, will be given a new lease of life when it opens at the Kallang Theatre later this month in the form of a Mandarin musical drama.

The show tells the story of a naive young man, Kaisaer, and his relationship with Afandi, a wise old philosopher. It will be performed by the Beijing Huaxia Musical Performing Troupe.

The production is jointly presented by Singapore's Chinese-language daily Lianhe Zaobao and Asia Arts & Culture. The 105-minute show premiered in Beijing last year and has since toured various cities in China including Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Nanjing.

Director Xiao Jie, 30, says that when deciding which piece to stage, the story of Nasirdin Afandi was a natural choice.

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Where: Kallang Theatre

When: May 23, 8pm & May 24, 3 & 8pm

Admission: $38, $48, $68 & $88 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to