Your monthly round-up of the best stage shows hitting Singapore…
A Singaporean in Paris
This musical comedy follows a Singaporean performer who travels to Paris to pursue his cabaret-singing dream. There, he must navigate a new culture, language barriers and everyday hurdles (snow, lah?). Actor and director Hossan Leong plays himself in the starring role, alongside an international cast. See it from 11 to 23 March at SOTA Drama Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.com
According to Director Glen Goei from Wild Rice, drama The House of Bernarda Alba has familiar themes that will resonate with audiences here. He has been wanting to stage Federico García Lorca’s play for over a decade and has chosen to give the text a local twist. Glen says there is much common ground, despite the original play being set in rural Spain.
“As with the best art, The House of Bernarda Alba was written in a specific time and for a specific culture, but the ideas at its heart are universal. In this context, it’s the notion of a very rigid, rule-bound system and how societal tradition can limit personal freedom,” he says.
Glen says the relationships between matriarch Bernarda and her five daughters remain very real and recognisable today. “Questions of obedience and duty, oppression and repression arise; doesn’t all this sound familiar? While the drama, comedy and tragedy of it all may be Spanish, it can easily take on a Peranakan flavour too,” he says.
The action kicks off after the death of Bernarda’s husband, and the absence of men and of a patriarchal figure is keenly felt throughout. “I’ve had the honour of working with an all-male cast for The Importance of Being Earnest, and I’m thrilled to get a chance to work with an all-female cast. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he says. “We’ve always believed in staging work that asks big questions and this play definitely fits the bill on that count!”
See The House of Bernarda Alba from 12 to 29 March at the Drama Centre Theatre, 100 Victoria Street. Tickets from Sistic.com.
Disney On Ice Presents Treasure Trove
The latest ice-adventure features a magical medley of hit songs, memorable scenes and over 50 Disney characters. From classics Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland to more modern masterpieces like Tangled, there’s fun for every generation. See it from 19 to 23 March at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets at sportshub.com.sg.