Painting with a Magic Brush: Fun Facts & Giveaway

I Theatre's The Magic Paintbrush is back in the theatres after 16 long years!

Here are some fun facts about the acclaimed I Theatre production. If you read carefully and answer the questions below, you might just get a chance to win two free tickets to the play!

1) In 2004 the play was made into a book, and published by Marshall Cavendish. It sold out! The books are now very rare as it was not reprinted.

2) In 2000, I Theatre presented 13 performances in a 300 seater theatre. This time they are presenting 24 performances in a 609 seater theatre.

3) The Magic Paintbrush was presented in 2000 by Imaginarts, the parent company that spawned I Theatre in 2001 - and the income from The Magic Paintbrush helped to launch the company.

4) In 2000 they had a cast of 8 actors and 27 puppets. In 2016 they have 9 actors and… count to see how many puppets!

5) For 2016 there are two brand new characters - Peony Blossom and Lotus Flower. Exactly who and what are they? You will have to watch to find out!

6) It took six weeks to build the scenery, and two days to install it in the theatre.

7) The actors only had three days in the theatre to get used to working on the stage, with all the props.

8) For the 9 actors, there will be over 25 different costumes, and each actor will have to change costumes up to 10 times during the play.

9) There will be approximately 150 lighting changes during the play - and the play is only 75 minutes long!

10) This will be the 82nd main-stage production that I Theatre has presented in Singapore (not including their overseas performances!)

Parenting on Purpose is pleased to partner I Theatre to present 2 tickets for the 11am show on Saturday 29 October 2016.

How to qualify for the giveaway:

1) Like the Parenting on Purpose Facebook page.

2) Share this blog post on your Facebook Wall and tag three friends (not including the friend who had tagged you. Remember to ensure that privacy settings are set to "Public".)

For an extra chance to win:

Comment on this post and share with us one interesting thing you have learnt about The Magic Paintbrush and why that interests you! Please leave your email so that we will be able to contact you should you win the contest!

The giveaway will end on Sunday 9 October and entries must be submitted by 10pm.

And the winner of the giveaway is....

Agnes Chin!

Please collect the tickets at the I Theatre office before 28 Oct from 10.30am to 5.30pm.

Address: 27 Kerbau Rd, Singapore 219163
Phone: 6341 5960

Congratulations Agnes!


  1. It will be interesting to find out how the 9 actors can change their 10 costumes in such a short time and yet not mixing them up for the other actors later...

  2. There will be approximately 150 lighting changes during the play - and the play is only 75 minutes long!

    No wonder there is someone dedicated just to do the lighting for the entire show.

  3. One interesting thing that I have learnt about The Magic Paintbrush is the value of creativity, friendship, and the dangers of using, or abusing power. It is interesting that the young man lived with his family happily and used the magic paintbrush to help the poor people as the old man had asked him to do and the magic paintbrush was known and loved by everyone. KHOR LEE LING

  4. It's really amazing to know that there are only 9 actors with 25 costumes! Would really look forward to see how they are able to change costumes so many times so quickly and even more so get into a different character so fast!

  5. I have watched the show. It was amazing.


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