Raffles unleashes the curious case of the missing Peranakan treasure

Chris Pash
By Chris Pash | 30 March 2021

How to lure back guests to an iconic hotel after the pandemic?

Raffles Hotel Singapore has reopened and launched a detective whodunit via a virtual interactive play, The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure.

It runs April 1 to June 30 via virtual gameplay, or in person at the hotel.

The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure, written by playwright Jean Tay and directed by actor/director Hossan Leong, immerses audiences into the role of a detective investigating the missing Peranakan treasure – the crown jewel of the fictional Treasures of the Straits exhibition at the Raffles Hotel.

The trailer:

The whodunit was filmed at Raffles using 360-degree virtual reality (VR) cameras.

The play is accompanied by an original composition of I’ll See You Again, inspired by Noel Coward, the British playwright, novelist and actor who used to stay at Raffles. 

Guests can choose to unravel the one-of-a-kind mystery from the comfort of their homes or wherever they are in the world.

“I have always wanted to create an arts piece or production with the beautiful Raffles Hotel Singapore as a backdrop," says said Hossan Leong, director, Double Confirm Productions.

"The perfect opportunity arose recently with the current emphasis to embrace technology and explore bringing the arts onto a digital platform. So, I took up the challenge and conceptualised this novel project to work with people that would encourage me to go beyond my comfort zone." 

Those who succeed in solving the mystery will be awarded prizes ranging from e-vouchers for purchases at Raffles Boutique to afternoon tea Experienceat The Grand Lobby (S$156).


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