At the edge of a city, near the end of autumn, a group of people, struggling to survive the hardships of daily living, spends nights at a rental lodge for the poor. Among them we find a pot-mender, a busker, a thief, a retired actor, a prostitute, etc. They drink to pass the days. Some of them have long given up on life while others hold on to unrealistic dreams. One day, an old man arrives. He seems to stir up new hopes in the hearts of these people who dwell at the lowest rungs of society. Or are these hopes merely the greatest lies in life?

Adapted from Russian playwright Maxim Gorky's most influential work, Nine Years Theatre brings you The Lower Depths - a play that looks at human dignity and the meaning of life through the stories of those at the lowest level of society.

© Nine Years Theatre
The Lower Depths
Maxim Gorky
Translated/ Adapted/ Directed by Nelson Chia.
Created by NYT Ensemble Project.
Performed in Mandarin, with English surtitles.

Date and time
23 Jul (Thu) - 2 Aug (Sun) 2015
Tue - Sat: 8pm
Sat & Sun: 3pm

Drama Centre Black Box @ National Library Building.
100 Victoria Street, Level 5

2 hours, no intermission.
Produced by Mia Chee
Written by Maxim Gorky
Translated, adapted and directed by Nelson Chia

Created by NYT Ensemble Project

Performed by:
Actors of the NYT Ensemble Project:
Mia Chee, Hang Qian Chou, Neo Hai Bin & Jean Toh;
with: Koh Wan Ching, Johnny Ng & Tay Kong Hui.

Lighting Designer: Dorothy Png
Sound Designer & Composer: Chong Li-Chuan
Production Stage Manager: Tennie Su
Assistant Stage Manager: Tan Xiang Yi

Photographer: Bernie Ng
Publicity Shoot Makeup: Ryan Loi
Graphics Designer: Karen Mitchell

NYT Ensemble Project, a developmental platform of Nine Years Theatre, is an attempt to build a company of actors who train and create together over an extended period of time. Its main activities are divided into: regular training, creation and performance. The ultimate aim of the project is to develop a sustainable group of company actors that accumulates its strengths through the ensemble environment to create works that are grounded and organic.
Supported By
The Lower Depths was nominated at the 16th "Life! Theatre Awards":
  • Best Supporting Actor - Johnny Ng
  • Best Supporting Actor - Tay Kong Hui
“Drink and Talk” Sessions

As part of our continuous effort to engage the audiences, and due to our belief that audiences should not merely consume art, but be given the opportunity to discuss art, we will be holding a post-show discussion at the theatre foyer after almost every performance.