Francis Hogan, a Eurasian, is a well-known female impersonator in Wayang Peranakan (Peranakan theatre) which experienced a revival in the 1950s. He is still actively performing today, thereby earning him the distinction of having an acting career which spans almost 70 years.

Hogan has compiled an album containing photographs which document the important people and acting moments in his life. The latter include his performances in some landmark plays, such as the Janda Kaya (The Wealthy Widow), alongside other well-known actors such as William Tan and Ong Chwee Kim.

Wayang Peranakan is an example of the hybrid nature of Peranakan culture as it derives from an eclectic blend of Chinese Wayang and Malaya Bangsawan. It is commonly staged in the Baba patois and its origins can be traced to the early 20th century.

See alsoEdit


  • "Album of Francis Hogan – Francis Hogan in sarong kebaya", Roots[1].
  • Daphne Ong, "Peranakan pleasures", Singapore's essential arts & culture guide, 27 October 2015[2].


This article was written by Roy Tan.

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