The Sultan’s Palace by Bright Ong

The Sultan’s Palace

In a secret hidden land, invisible to normal humans like us, the people of the palace have become very unhappy with their Sultan. After months of arguing with his subjects, the Sultan finally decides to look for help, and opens up his palace grounds to a special group of outsiders, who can hopefully help him in his quest to be a better ruler.

The Sultan’s Palace is a puppet show that allows children the free reign to talk to the characters directly, and to learn to work as a group to help the Sultan lead his people in the best way possible. A learning journey of discovery and empathy, The Sultan’s Palace aims to help empower children by letting them realise the power of their voices and actions, which can impact the way the palace will grow, and that they have the power to make the changes for the better.

The Sultan’s Palace is recommended for children 4 – 6 years.

About The Artist

Bright Ong (Bio 2020)

An alumni scholar of the Singapore Repertory Theatre’s (SRT) Young Co., Bright also graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography with a Minor in Theatre Studies.

As a multidisciplinary performance-maker, Bright has developed specialisations in physical theatre and puppetry. In his capacities as a director, actor and puppeteer, he also greatly believes in the power of theatre for young audiences (TYA), and has worked on numerous TYA productions both locally and internationally. In these capacities as a theatre-maker, he has also attended several international festivals as a delegate, most recently being Imaginate 2019 (Scotland) and ASSITEJ Korea’s K-PAP 2020 (South Korea).

He is also an Associate Director with Five Stones Theatre (UK, Singapore), Associate Artist with Mascots and Puppets Specialists (Singapore), and is a participant member of the Closed Community of Artists under The Paperboats Collective (Australia) as well as a member of the UP Collective (Singapore). Bright has also performed for several festivals around the world, including the Georgetown Festival (Penang, Malaysia), Festival 2018 (Gold Coast, Australia, Commonwealth Games), Pesta Boneka 2018 (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), Light 2 Night (Singapore), Flipside (Singapore) and the 100 and 100 More Festival (Singapore).

Bright’s work as a puppetry creative includes his role as adjunct lecturer on puppetry at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. As a puppeteer, he played Latif on ZooMoo, an international children’s cable channel. He was the Resident Director and Puppetry Supervisor for Ninjago: The Realm of Shadows, at Legoland Malaysia (2015-2018). The show was awarded the IAAPA (The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) award for Best Theatrical Production 2016.

His commercial directorial work also expands regionally, having been engaged for Legoland (Malaysia), Transtudio (Indonesia) and Madame Tussauds (Singapore).

A Malaysian boy at heart, Bright draws upon his life experiences of shuttling between two distinct societies when it comes to creating theatre.

Theatre credits include:  Pinocchio-The Musical (SRT); Macbeth-Shakespeare in the Park (SRT); Lan Fang Chronicles (Singapore Arts Festival 2012); Pretty Things (Substation); mOOn ballOOn (Esplanade and Patch Theatre, Australia); 2 Houses (Georgetown Festival 2014); Words & Music (NUS Arts Festival 2015); Roald Dahl’s The BFG (Player’s Theatre); Ma’ma Yong (Esplanade Pentas); Lord of the Flies (Blank Space Theatre and Sight Lines Productions); River of Time (Singapore Night Festival 2016, Director); The Pillowman (Pangdemonium); Urinetown (Pangdemonium); Coraline (Player’s Theatre); Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress (SRT); Especially on Birthdays (The Paperboats, Australia); Tree’s Company (Esplanade Flipside 2018, Director); Annie Ting and the Dragon (Tiny Feat, Director); Immortal X (The Theatre Practice, A. Director); Legends of Singapore (Dick Lee Asia, Co-Director and Puppetry Consultant)