Writing in Water - Macao Cultural Centre

Macao Cultural Centre

Writing in Water

25.11.2022    Fri 20:00 Grand Auditorium
26.11.2022    Sat 20:00 Grand Auditorium
120 min
Best for aged 6 or above
Performed in Mandarin with Chinese and English surtitles
$300, $250, $200, $150
Event Completed

Performing Company : Theatre Above


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The organizer reserves the right to alter the programme and/or the performers.


Anti-epidemic Measures

  • Patrons must either present proof of a Covid-19 vaccination course (two doses) completed at least 14 days prior to the show, or a negative nucleic acid test issued within the previous 48 hours(self-paid). Those failing to comply with these requirements will not be allowed in the auditorium and tickets will not be refunded.
  • Patrons must wear face mask, undergo body temperature checks, present a valid Venue QR code. Those with fever or respiratory infection symptoms will not be allowed in.

Writing in Water (Cancelled)
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing anti-epidemic measures preventing the company from travelling to Macao, the shows of Writing in Water, scheduled for 25 & 26 November, are cancelled. CCM is actively engaged in settling a new date to stage this poetic performance.

In the meantime, refunds are available through 28 December at CCM Box Office and the Macao Ticketing Network.

We apologize for the inconvenience and frustration this cancellation might have caused. For enquiries please call (853) 2840 0555.


The art of joy

Can happiness be taught? Writing in Water, a play developed by Taipei’s leading company Performance Workshop, delves deep into the matter. Conceived by Stan Lai, today’s most international Chinese director and playwright, this dramatic piece tells us of a man returning home following a period studying overseas. Hoping to bring some brightness into the lives of gloomy souls, he starts a “happyology” course, but soon becomes disappointed by his business partner’s thirst for profit. One day, upon receiving news about an inheritance, he embarks on a mysterious journey, taking us along. Inspired on the ideas of French writer and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, author of The Book of Happiness, the play premiered in the aftermath of 2008’s devastating financial crisis.

Stan Lai’s happy return to CCM follows two previous successful tours when he brought the sweet Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land and the epic The Village. After a few postponements caused by pandemic constraints, Writing in Water will finally reach our shores by the hand of Shanghai’s Theatre Above. Fuelled by a positive,  inspirational vibe, this play encourages the audience, revealing that happiness is within reach, perhaps even closer than we might think.        

Written and Directed by Stan Lai
Cast : He Jiong、Zhao Junyan、Yang Zhibin、Dou Jin、Ding Shanshan、WangMeng


Pre-performance Talk:
Writing in Water
26.11.2022    Sat 19:00
Conference Room