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A detective tale at Raffles Hotel Singapore with its guests in the role of investigators

Double Confirm Productions & Sight Lines Entertainment in collaboration with Raffles Hotel Singapore present: “The Missing Peranakan Treasure”. Six suspects. Two eras. One missing treasure. Unravel the mystery through an immersive virtual experience set in the iconic Raffles Hotel Singapore.

Raffles Hotel Singapore together with Double Confirm Productions and Sight Lines Entertainment jointly announced the upcoming 1st April release of ‘The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure’, an enthralling detective whodunnit tale and the first-of-its-kind virtual interactive play set against the backdrop of the iconic Grand Dame of Singapore.  From 1 April to 30 June 2021, guests may investigate the mystery through pure virtual gameplay, or live and breathe the adventure through exclusive experiences on-site or during their stay at the storied hotel.

Written by award-winning playwright Jean Tay and directed by critically acclaimed actor/director Hossan Leong, ‘The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure’ immerses audiences into the role of a detective tasked to investigate the missing Peranakan treasure – the crown jewel of the fictional “Treasures of the Straits” exhibition at the Raffles Hotel Singapore. In this highly interactive virtual format, audiences will explore the hotel’s historic grounds and venture through its illustrious halls, all the while piecing clues together, and deciding how the story unfolds.

Filmed entirely on location at Raffles Hotel Singapore with 360-degree virtual reality (VR) cameras, ‘The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure” offers participants a unique virtual experience through immersive 360-degree views, surround sound, augmented reality choice-based functions, and an intriguing plot filled with unexpected twists and turns,  stitched together by technology company Xctuality.

The play is accompanied by an original composition of “I’ll See You Again”, inspired by Noel Coward, British playwright, novelist and actor, a renowned past resident of Raffles Hotel Singapore, and his song of the same title, which would play every night when the hotel’s grandfather’s clock strikes eight. Touching on lost relationships and reconciliation, the new rendition is composed by Julian Wong with lyrics by Hossan Leong and performed by Audrey Luo & Dwayne Lau.

Guests may choose to unravel the one-of-a-kind mystery from the comfort of their homes or wherever they are in the world –– by watching it online or experience the play in real life at the property itself. The interactive theatrical experience will transcend the virtual realm through exclusive, limited-time ‘daycation’ and exclusive staycation packages, where guests will be able to immerse themselves in gameplay from one of the hotel’s spacious and beautifully appointed suites, before moving through various checkpoints across Raffles Hotel Singapore on a thrilling treasure hunt to uncover the missing jewel.

“I have always wanted to create an arts piece or production with the beautiful Raffles Hotel Singapore as a backdrop. 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. What an exciting ride it has been, and I can’t wait for the community to experience Raffles Hotel Singapore like never before!” said Hossan Leong, Director, Double Confirm Productions.

“We are proud to partner with Double Confirm Productions and Sight Lines Entertainment, continuing with our support and nurturing environment for homegrown talents Hossan Leong and Jean Tay, to present ‘The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure’. This innovative theatrical production, centred around the Grand Dame, reflects our continued desire to create unforgettable, unique and treasured memories for each and every guest,” said Christian Westbeld, General Manager, Raffles Hotel Singapore. “Through this immersive virtual experience, our guests will be able to appreciate the Grand Dame in a new light, watch as history and mystery collide, and revel in the hotel’s culture and heritage – no matter where they are.”

To top off the experience, participants who succeed in solving the mystery will be awarded prizes ranging from e-vouchers for purchases at Raffles Boutique to an elegantly chic Afternoon Tea Experience for two at The Grand Lobby. All successful mystery solvers will also be entitled to participate in the Grand Draw for a chance to win a one-night stay in a charming Palm Court Suite, an oasis of peace and serenity, with breakfast for two persons.

The daycation and staycation packages for ‘The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure’ are valid for stays between 1 April to 30 June 2021, while the virtual theatrical experience can be streamed on-demand any time during the same period.

Tickets are already available on SISTIC and Raffles Hotel Singapore’s website.

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