Set sail with King Nila and his friends!


King Nila sails the high seas and discovers a mysterious island. On this island, he makes friends with a boy, a mermaid and a lion, and they journey together, weathering storms. Will they reach their destination? Will they find a home?


This tale is a retelling of how Sang Nila Utama discovered Singapore, and with his friends, travelled to find home.

Recommended for ages 4 – 7 years old.
Performed in Malay, with English surtitles.

Teroka! Kerana Nila is ready and available for international tour/travel.

Video of full performance is available upon request for research and academic purposes only.

Commissioned by Esplanade Presents: Pesta Raya - Malay Festival of Arts (2019)

Playwright: Adib Kosnan

Director: Noor Effendy Ibrahim

Performers: Farez Najid, Gloria Tan, Dalifah Shahril, Shafiqhah Efandi
Music: Syed Ahmad, Suryana Norddin

Lighting Design: Emanorwatty Saleh

Set Design: Emanorwatty Saleh, Noor Effendy Ibrahim

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