Born in Fujian, China, in 1909, Zhu Xu was a pioneering figure in the history of Singapore theatre. Also a well-known scriptwriter and director in both Singapore and Malaya, he played an instrumental role in upgrading the standards of drama, and personally penned the scripts of many dramas, including those focusing on local Chinese efforts against the Japanese during the Occupation and developments in local society. Zhu Xu served as consultant for the National Theatre in 1965. Zhu Xu donated his original script for the drama Hua Jia Ni si mu ju 《华迦尼四幕剧》(“The Four Scenes of Hua Jia Ni”) to the National Library. Set in Singapore during the mid-1950s, the drama revolves around an Indonesian Chinese teenage girl named Hua Jia Ni and her extended family, the Qians. Zhu Xu passed away in Dec 2007.