Arts Centre Melbourne, ACMI and Victorian College of the Arts present

The Mysterious Lai Teck


Ho Tzu Nyen

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The most astonishing thing about this byzantine thriller of spies, traitors, betrayal and deceit is that it actually happened.

To the majority of the world, Lai Teck was the leader of the Malayan Communist Party from 1939 to 1947. His other life as a triple agent, working for the French, British and Japanese secret police, only came to light after his death in 1947... and that's if you believe he really died.

Acclaimed Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen guides you into Lai Teck's labyrinthine underworld in this evocative and haunting tale of lies and counter-lies, espionage and treachery. Richly theatrical, it is a snapshot of the shifting face of Southeast Asia in the Age of Treason.

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  • Wheelchair access
  • Open captioned
Images by: Park Suhwan at MMCA Seoul

Proudly supported by ACMI

The Mysterious Lai Teck was commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts and co-produced by Asia TOPA, International Summerfestival Kampnagel, National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art Korea, Holland Festival, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, TPAM – Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama and Red Brick Art Museum. Proudly supported by ACMI, VCA, Playking Foundation, the National Arts Council (Singapore) and Arts Centre Melbourne.

Presented with support from National Arts Council (Singapore) and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (Singapore).
Supported By
  • Playking Foundation
  • National Arts Council
  • Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
  • Singapore International Festival of Arts
  • Internationales Sommer Festival Kampnagelde
  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
  • Holland Festival
  • Kunstenfestivaldearts
  • TPAM
  • Red Brick Art Museum
  • ACMI