The Happiness Box Story Narration

Find out more about the inspirational story behind the creation of The Happiness Box in this engaging narration of the picture book The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope by Mark Greenwood and Andrew McLean, presented by The Storytelling Centre Limited.

This will be followed by a dramatised re-telling of the original book by David Griffin and Leslie Greener (based on the adaptation by Bryony Marks), where three best friends – a lizard, a monkey and a frog – find a magical box and journey through the jungle to discover the secret of happiness.

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Abstract of The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope

In 1942, Sergeant “Griff” Griffin was a prisoner of war. With Christmas approaching, he decided to make a book for the children cooped up in nearby Changi Prison. The book was said to contain the secrets to happiness. But the enemy was suspicious. What happened next?

About The Happiness Box

This tale was originally written in 1942 for the children who were interned in Changi Prison by Australian prisoner of war (POW) David Griffin, and illustrated by fellow POW Leslie Greener. It has been adapted and scored for young audiences by award-winning composer Bryony Marks to capture the sense of wonder, trepidation and delight of the friends’ adventure.

Each ticket admits one child and one adult (parent or grandparent) only. 

Note: Tickets at $10 per adult-child pair. Suitable for families with children aged 5 and up. Admission fees to CCM apply separately for non-Singaporean/Permanent Residents - participants should obtain their gallery admission tickets at the Visitor Services counter before proceeding to the programme venue.