With its colonial architecture and storied past, it’s easy to imagine some kind of mystery – a la Agatha Christie – happening within Raffles Hotel’s white-painted corridors. In fact, two have emerged in recent times. The first is a whodunit by the hotel’s current writer in residence, Vicki Virtue; while the second is The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure, a “virtual interactive play” set against the backdrop of Raffles Hotel.
Written by award-winning playwright Jean Tay – known for her works like Everything But the Brain and Boom – and directed by Hossan Leong (who also plays a role in the show), the play is another whodunit that follows the loss of the titular Peranakan Treasure, the crown jewel of a fictional exhibition, Treasures of the Straits. Filmed with a 360-degree virtual reality camera, the interactive play places audiences in the shoes of a detective investing said missing treasure.
The experience goes far beyond just watching a play on your computer screen though. Like the point-and-click games of old, audiences are presented with an interactive map of the hotel, and can click on the different locations – from the iconic Writers Bar to the various suites – to watch scenes unfolding in each one, all in glorious 360-degree vision.
Without giving away too much, the play goes beyond just looking for clues to find who stole the treasure. Each of the colourful characters come with intriguing backstories, motivations, and even flashbacks – which even includes a musical number inspired by British playwright Noel Coward – to piece together.
As if audiences needed any more reason to pay attention to the details of the play, participants that solve the mystery will stand the chance to win prizes ranging from e-vouchers for Raffles Boutique, and afternoon tea at The Grand Lobby, to a one-night stay in the hotel’s Palm Court Suite.
For even more immersion, there’s even the option to enjoy the play from the luxury of a suite in the hotel as part of a staycation package. There will also be physical checkpoints in the hotel itself, where guests will receive clues to solve the play’s mystery.
The stay also includes complimentary Singapore Slings and a satay platter at Raffles Courtyard, a Heritage Evening dinner at The Grand Lobby, and a history tour with the hotel’s resident historian so guests can relive moments in the play. For a more condensed experience, there’s also a daycation package that starts from 3pm lasting till dinner time at The Grand Lobby.
Purchase the online tickets for the play here.
More info on the staycation package here.