Mathias Woo Detective Theatre

13.67 (Huayi Chinese Festival of the Arts)

Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

2024.2.16 (Fri) 8pm
2024.2.17 (Sat) 3, 8pm

Mathias Woo Detective Theatre

13.67 (Huayi Chinese Festival of the Arts)

Pop idols, market folk, kidnappers, bomb maniacs, a billionaire tycoon—kaleidoscopic characters of a restless and ever-changing Hong Kong.


Award-winning Hong Kong author Chan Ho-Kei’s classic crime fiction novel The Borrowed is brought to spellbinding life by Zuni Icosahedron in 13·67. Embark on a gripping journey that starts with retiring ace detective Kwan Chun-dok’s final case and travel back in time from 2013 to 1967, uncovering the significant mysteries of his impressive career spanning five decades. Detective Kwan’s investigative prowess and uncanny deductive skills are put to the test as he expertly unravels each intricate case, letting the truth come to light.


Mathias Woo, co-Artistic Director of Zuni Icosahedron, skilfully adapts and directs this atmospheric thriller that brings audiences on a gripping journey through iconic events in Hong Kong’s history. Relive memorable moments as the story unfolds against a dynamic backdrop of Hong Kong’s striking social and political landscapes which are meticulously and lovingly conjured through multimedia stagecraft featuring evocative visuals and popular music through the decades.


Ⓒ Chan Ho-Kei With authorisation from Crown Culture Corporation.

  • Creative Team


    • Original Novel

      Chan Ho Kei

    • Director

      Mathias Woo

    • Adaptation

      Mathias WooCarson Chung

    • Music Directors

      Yu Yat YiuCedric Chan

    • Illustrations

      Lai Tat Wing

    • Performers

      Carson ChungSobi SoDavid YeungZachary Pink YUNG

  • +-

  • Mystery Fiction "The Borrowed"


    Mystery Fiction “The Borrowed” ranked top in Japan’s Honkaku Mystery Best 10 (Foreign Sections) 2017 and Shūkan Bunshun Mystery Best 10 (Foreign Sections) 2017. The book is one of the few Chinese mystery fiction in the international market, translated into English, French, German, Italian, and Japanese. Renowned film director Wong Kar Wai also plans to  adapt the fiction in his future production.


    “The Borrowed traces the past and sheds light on the future of Hong Kong through mystery stories. It is not only a top-notch detective story of the orthodox school but also a genius work of the social school, a subgenre of detective fiction.”  Makoto Tamada, critic of mystery fiction


    “The investigation of each mystery is not at all conventional… The ending makes readers want to reread from page one.”


    “Very sound logic, unexpected plots… Even more well-grounded in logic and more brilliant than some of the detective fiction classics from overseas.”

    Douban Read



    Ranked top in Japan’s Shūkan Bunshun Mystery Best 10 (Foreign Sections) 2017

    Ranked top in Japan’s Honkaku Mystery Best 10 (Foreign Sections) 2017

    Awardee of the Taipei International Book Exhibition prize 2015

    Japan Booksellers’ Award “Excellent Translations” No. 2

    Japan Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! International No.2

  • Ticketing


    Tickets available on Esplanade’s website

    Standard: $68/$48(SGD)

  • Team Members


    Lighting Design: Mak Kwok-fai
    Sound Design: Can. Ha

    Video: Dan Fong, Benny Woo, Johnny Sze

    Costume Design: Twinny Cheng

    Creative Coordinator: Cedric Chan

    Rehearsal Assistant: Chloe Li

    Production Manager: Chow Chun-yin

    Technical Coordinator: Johnny Sze

    Deputy Stage Manager: Carmen Cheng
    Assistant Stage Manager: Onki Chan

    Make up: Billie Siu
    Hair Styling: Lim Tiong Wah (Singapore), Wai Sock Han (Singapore)

    Wardrobe: Bonnie Chan

    Sound & Music Editing: Kairos Sou


    Programme and Administration

    Tour Manager: Wong Yuewai
    Producer: Doris Kan

    Assistant Tour Manager: Ho Yin-hei

  • Partner


    Presented by


    Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is Singapore’s national performing arts centre. It hosts a year-round line-up of about 3,500 live performances and activities presented by Esplanade, its partners and hirers. As an arts centre for everyone, Esplanade also creates opportunities for seniors, youth, children and underserved communities to experience the arts. More than 70% of the shows that take place each year at the centre are free for all to enjoy.


    Launched in 2003 during the Chinese New Year, the Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts has been introduced as one of the three annual cultural festivals at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay to celebrate Singapore’s multicultural heritage. The festival aims to become the pinnacle event for Chinese artists and to gain international recognition as an arts festival that showcases the works of the most distinguished Chinese artists. Through commissions, co-productions, presentations, and showcases, Huayi provides audiences the opportunity to experience a range of dynamic artistic expressions from Chinese creators.

  • Terms and Conditions


    Performed in Cantonese, English and Chinese surtitles will be given

    Running time approximately 90 minutes

    Contains some mature content, loud sound effects of gunshots, haze and strobe lighting

    Recommended for ages 13 and above

    Admission Age: 6 and above