About the Show
“BODY X The Culprit” is a unique digital theatre production that allows you to be involved in the solving of a murder-mystery and experience it as if you are living in the physical space! Shot entirely on a mobile phone, the show requires you to observe evidence, watch the crime scene as it happens, discuss with other fellow investigators online and vote for the murderer – it’s the first interactive-immersive digital theatre ever presented on Zoom. Reviewers called it “the gold standard of digital theatre” and that it has “set a standard for digital murder-mysteries both now and in the future”.
Language: Mandarin with English and Chinese Subtitles
While tackling the challenges of a never-before-seen recession and rapid business decline during the Asian economic crisis of the mid-1980s, a neighbourhood kopitiam had to face another challenge – an Old Patron was found dead early morning at the table outside. All who were in contact with him the previous night – Big Boss, Kopi Auntie, Sister Cleaner, Beer Girl, Stall Owner – claimed they were not at the crime scene but all had disagreements with the victim before.
Was it an accident? Or could one of them be the murderer? “BODY X The Culprit” features multiple scenes happening simultaneously in various rooms with a unique kind of audience participation – YOU choose who to follow, where you want to be, what story development to watch and how to solve the case. Audiences will also get together to discuss notes, evaluate findings and vote for the identity of the murderer.
“BODY X The Culprit” is produced by BODY X Productions, a pioneer in immersive-interactive site-specific murder-mystery in Singapore Chinese theatre.
About BODY X Productions
BODY X Productions, founded by Danny Yeo and Li Xie in 2014, is a pioneer in immersive-interactive site-specific murder-mystery in Singapore theatre. Conceived and produced by a group of veteran theatre practitioners, the series started with “BODY X The Wedding” at the Singapore Writers Festival 2014 and subsequently returned to The Arts House in 2016 with “BODY X The Rehearsal”, both times to sold-out performances and rave reviews.
In 2020, BODY X Productions received the National Arts Council's Digital Presentation Grant to produce an all-new digital theatre, “BODY X The Culprit” during the COVID-19 pandemic, when physical performances were not possible in theatres. Reviewers called it “the golden standard of digital theatre” and that it has “set a standard for digital murder mysteries both now and in the future”. Local Chinese newspapers singled it out as “The Most Outstanding Digital Theatre of 2020”. The production went on to be part of the Ministry of Education’s to-watch list for secondary and tertiary students in 2021.
Pure Talents has been producing and managing BODY X Productions since 2014.
Artistic and Production Teams
Playwrights: Li Xie, Danny Yeo, Oliver Chong
Directors: Li Xie, Danny Yeo, Ric Liu
Producer: Danny Yeo
Publicity: Alvin Chiam, Jo Kwek
Scheduling: Doreen Toh
Ticketing: Judy Ngo
Platform: Kwan Chun Long, Melody Chan, Chee Mei Rong
Art Design: Ric Liu
Production Manager: Chee Mei Rong
Videographer: Amos Poh
Technical Support: Danny Yeo, Li Xie, Ric Liu
Main Cast: Alvin Chiam, Doreen Toh, Oliver Chong, Judy Ngo, Melody Chan, Kwan Chun Long, Jo Kwek