The Life Interview with Wong Chee Wai

The Life Interview with set designer Wong Chee Wai: Building worlds on stage

Set designer Wong Chee Wai's work ranges from tiny rooms for intimate dramas to a nightmare world of nursery rhyme characters

What do you do with $8,000 worth of artificial plants, enough to convert 288 sq m of theatre into a savage tropical jungle? Leave it to set designer Wong Chee Wai to solve this and other problems, after the lights dim on the shows he brings to visual life.

He prefers to recycle props rather than break them down. The 10,000 artificial plants used to create a jungle in the School of the Arts' Studio Theatre for a 2016 staging of Lord Of The Flies were donated to the Players Theatre troupe.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2018, with the headline 'Building worlds on stage'. Subscribe