10-year-old Eric enjoyed visiting the home of his neighbours, Habiba and Ismail. The couple, who was so fond of him, treated him like their own child. In the embrace of this warm relationship, Eric felt cared for and loved. To his young mind, the door to Habiba and Ismail’s house was a gateway to paradise. Fast forward 20 years, Eric is now 30 and has returned to his childhood home to visit his neighbours, only to uncover a shocking secret that has lain hidden in the house where he spent so many happy hours as a child.

Winner of Best Production and Best Original Script at the 2007 Life! Theatre Awards, this new Mandarin production of Fundamentally Happy is translated and directed by Nelson Chia, Artistic Director of Nine Years Theatre. It features a cast and creative team including respected performer Lok Meng Chue paired with Timothy Wan as Habiba and Eric, with set, lighting and sound designs by Wong Chee Wai, Liu Yong Huay and Ng Jing.

Fundamentally Happy is a gut-wrenching discourse on the heartbreaking nature of happiness.

© Nine Years Theatre
Fundamentally Happy
Haresh Sharma
Translated and directed by Nelson Chia.

The Studios 2017
A co-production with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.
Performed in Mandarin, with English surtitles.

Date and time
16 Mar (Thu) - 19 Mar (Sun) 2017
Thu - Sat: 8pm
Sat & Sun: 3pm

Theatre Studio, Esplanade.

1hr 30 mins, no intermission.

*R18 – Contains issues dealing with paedophilia.
Produced by Mia Chee
Written by Haresh Sharma
Translated and directed by Nelson Chia

Performed by:
Lok Meng Chue and Timothy Wan*

*member of NYT Ensemble
(Click here to find out more about NYT Ensemble Project)

Set Designer: Wong Chee Wai
Lighting Designer: Liu Yong Huay
Production Sound Designer: Ng Jing
Costume Designer: Loo An Ni
Photography: Tuckys Photography

Production Stage Manager: Tennie Su
Assistant Stage Manager: Nadia Cheriyan

"Drink and Talk" Sessions

NYT strives to continuously engage our audiences. We believe that audiences should not merely consume art, but also be offered the opportunity to discuss art. As such, Drink and Talk sessions - a casual post-show dialogue over drinks -  are held after every performance of our play.
Fundamentally Happy was nominated at the "Life! Theatre Awards 2018":
  • Best Set Design - Wong Chee Wai