In recent years, local theatre company The Theatre Practice (Practice) has increasingly been delving into new mediums of performance. From the experimentations of their annual Patch! Festival filled with new ways of engaging, to the ambitious promenade theatre performance Four Horse Road, Practice seems to be going above and beyond, constantly stretching past their limits.
Now, get ready for yet another brand new experience from them, as they present The Bride Always Knocks Twice – Killer Secrets.
Supported by Singapore Tourism Board and Hotel Soloha, The Bride Always Knocks Twice — Killer Secrets is a week-long experience that combines digital theatre and live online interrogations hosted on the “Digital Stage”, with on-site
investigations at Hotel Soloha at Keong Saik Street.
Practice is no stranger to creating large scale, boundary-pushing works. In 2020, Practice was one of the first theatre companies to embrace the digital medium, and The Bride Always Knocks Twice — Killer Secrets‘ hybrid format is just the next step to their ongoing journey. “This format really suits the interactive nature of murder mysteries, but it does require assembling a team from different backgrounds and practices,” says Practice’s Artistic Director Kuo Jian Hong, who is also helming the production. “Basically, we’re drawing from theatre, film, gaming, design, history and UX design to create this hybrid form.
Taking the form of a murder mystery, players have the chance to step into the shoes of an investigator, and direct their very own investigation to solve the mystery. “I love games and puzzles,” says Kuo. “So I know how important player agency is. They choose what to investigate, who to speak to, what questions to ask… it’s entirely in their hands.”
The experience takes place across four chapters, as audiences learn about the potential suspects, interrogate them to uncover motives and alibis, do an actual investigation at Hotel Soloha, and finally, reveal the killer. Better yet – participants even stand to win a grand prize of $1,000 cash and two nights stay at Hotel Soloha, as long as they identify the killer AND justify it with a credible case. You can even increase your chances by teaming up with friends to cover more ground by buying device bundles. And if you feel it’s all too much effort? Participants can also choose to sit back, relax and watch the mystery unfold without ‘playing’.
Besides Kuo as director, the team behind The Bride Always Knocks Twice — Killer Secrets includes veteran theatre playwrights Jonathan Lim (Four Horse Road, Chestnuts) and Liu Xiaoyi (Citizen X, Southernmost Project), filmmaker Kat Goh (Dance Dance Dragon, Swimming Lesson), art director James Page (Tiong Bahru Social Club, A Land Imagined) and film score producer Joe Ng (HBO’s Invisible Stories, From Victoria Street To Ang Mo Kio). The production’s theme song, Sister, The Moon, also features lyrics and performance by Sing! China finalist and jazz vocalist Joanna Dong.
“Arts and tourism were some of the key industries impacted by the pandemic,” says Daniel Goh, Practice’s Executive Director and Partnerships Lead. “This project is the perfect example of how creativity and cross-industry collaboration can lead to new possibilities. By combining forces, we become stronger together!”
By working with new partners, Practice is optimistic that more Singaporeans will embrace theatre as a local attraction. Singaporeans can get more bang for their buck by combining their tickets with a staycation at Hotel Soloha using the SingapoRediscover Vouchers for the exclusive package on KLOOK, Traveloka and Trip.com.