GenerAsia Limited is back after its highly successful Peranakan Arts Festival 2015 with a revival of 1999’s Shrimps in Space – a one-man play written by award winning Singaporean playwright Desmond Sim.

Three generations of practitioners – veteran (Desmond Sim), experienced (Jeffrey Tan) and upcoming (Hang Qian Chou) – along with a growing team of young theater-makers join hands to bring the story of growing up to life.

First performed by Hossan Leong, up-and-coming theatre actor Hang Qian Chou will star as the scrawny but larger-than-life Lim Huat Bee under the direction of Jeffrey Tan.

This production will have its limited run at the School of the Arts (SOTA) Studio Theatre from 10 November 2016 to 13 November 2016. © Generasia Limited, 2016

Celebrate local writing with GenerAsia’s revival of one of the few male-centric monologues in the Singapore literary canon.

Desmond Sim’s play will be brought back to life from the bookshelves of Singapore theater as Huat Bee takes you on a journey back to a time when bell bottoms were all the rage.


Through projects like Shrimps in Space, the company aspires to cast a light on past writings by Singaporeans to inspire others to create works of their own.


Shrimps in Space chronicles the struggles of Huat Bee – or, Shrimp Boy – as he tries relentlessly to fit in. He is challenged by his own fears of growing up, friendship, dating, identity and loss.


However, his journey is made a little less daunting with the help of his good friend King Kong, who seems to be the only one that never saw Huat Bee as weak or helpless. Slowly, he learns to take control of his life.

That is, until things take a turn for the worst for this particular friend of his.

The audience is invited to look back at their growing up days and encouraged to contemplate what it means to grow up in Singapore.


Laugh and cry to your heart’s content as the endearing Huat Bee recalls moments from his teenage days through to his first years in adulthood in this unforgettable story of growing up.

Show times

  • Thursday, 10 November 2016 8pm
  • Friday, 11 November 2016 8pm
  • Saturday, 12 November 2016 3pm & 8pm
  • Sunday, 13 November 2016 3pm


School of the Arts (SOTA) Studio Theatre, 1 Zubir Said Drive, 227968


  • Tickets are available on from 1 August 2016.
  • School and Group Booking discounts contact: Florence Teo at 9819 5998 or email [email protected]
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