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Guards at the Taj Review: Beauty Comes at a Price

Guards at the Taj is a personal story of a friendship challenged under dictatorship. Two long-term friends, Humayun and Babur, stand guard at the Taj Mahal hours before it is unveiled at dawn. They are forbidden to look at the monument, speak, or lower their swords. The play reaches a turning point as the guards are ordered to do an unimaginably violent act and their friendship is changed forever. I leave the Singapore Repertory Theatre after Guards at the Taj with mixed feelings. For a start, I am impressed by the actors’ performance, especially since the whole play only runs…
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Julius Caesar Review: They That Have Done This Deed Are Honourable

I could feel this production right before I watch it – from the entrance of Fort Canning Green, we were invited to enter the picnic spaces through “The Capitol” stage and have a sense of how it feels to navigate through the multi-dimensional set like the actors would. It was at this moment that I admired how the team’s Production Designer, Richard Kent, managed to utilise the stage not just to add more layers to the storytelling, but to make the play’s audiences feel a tad more special, as if telling us that we are not mere spectators of the…
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Power To The People: Shakespeare in the Park Makes a Momentous Return with “Julius Caesar”

2017 was a year Shakespeare aficionados could never forget: it was the only year Shakespeare in the Park could not be hosted due to the lack of funding. Instead, the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) sated the nation with its critically-acclaimed banner production Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress.  First held in 1997 with Hamlet, Shakespeare in the Park has been a recurring production theatre-goers look forward to. Since then, the production has staged notable Shakespeare works such as Much Ado About Nothing (2009), Romeo and Juliet (2016), The Tempest (2015), and The Merchant of Venice (2014). Explaining that the arts…
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The Nightingale Review: SRT’s The Little Company Tells a Compelling Story of Friendship

One of the greatest ways to impart moral values on to the younger generation is through theatre, and what better way to do so by watching one of the most renowned fairytales come alive right in front of their eyes? Back for its second run since its debut in 2014, The Nightingale is an adaptation of the literary fairytale written by Danish author Hans Christian Anderson: when the Emperor of China (Leslie Tay) finds out that the song of the Nightingale (Kimberly Chan) is one of the most enchanting things in the world, he implored his Kitchen Maid (Natalie Yeap)…
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Win 2 Tickets To The Nightingale: A Musical That Teaches True Friendship

Friendship is one of the most fundamental things that makes life on Earth, meaningful. You could even go as far as to say that without friendship, we will all go extinct (even with food). For starters, friendship is about sharing pieces of life with a few others; and in turn, you get a kind of fulfilment that cannot be bought with anything else. Even a marriage is the evolution of the first step of making friends. But what is the essence of true friendship? Is it just about sharing common ideals and having a good time together? The decisions are…
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Little Chicken, Huge Spirit

Be strong, be brave, and don’t misbehave! Come join Chicken Little on a journey of growth, exploration, and courage. Whether you are young, or young at heart, this musical take on the classic tale of self-discovery is guaranteed to entertain! The set is as alluringly beautiful as it is cheerful, filled with colours as vibrant as life itself. Iridescent lights accentuate the stage, making the scenes as memorable as they are meaningful. Important lessons are embedded into the whimsical songs, leaving the children singing as the talented cast puts in a sterling performance. The story is simple, easy to follow,…
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Be Brave & Save The Farm with SRT’s Chicken Little

Life on the farm can be a scary place if you’re poor Chicken Little! Mercilessly teased by her brother and sister for her everyday fearfulness, Chicken Little’s afraid of absolutely everything – even the rain! So when one day she feels something fall on her head, she immediately fears the worst – the sky is falling! But when none of her family hears her plea, she sets about telling the only one who’ll listen to her – The King. The Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) has been a huge contributor to the arts scene in Singapore, with what started as a…
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On a Date with Juliet: Cheryl Tan Crosses The Causeway

Whether you’re a theatre junkie, a picnic lover or Shakespeare himself, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s (SRT)’s “Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet” is not to be missed. Catch the last iteration of our favourite Singaporean Shakespeare Spectacle before tickets run out. Cheryl Tan was only 8 when she was first introduced into the world of performing arts. Since then, she has never looked back as she continues to pursue a career as an actress and a jazz singer in Malaysia and Singapore. Some of her most memorable plays include “Beauty World” and other SRT productions, such as “Rapunzel”. In this special two-part series, DANAMIC.ORG were…
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Catching up with Romeo: Every Show a Race for Thomas Pang

Whether you’re a theatre junkie, a picnic lover, or Shakespeare himself, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s (SRT)’s “Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet” is not to be missed. Catch the last iteration of our favourite Singaporean Shakespeare Spectacle before tickets run out. Until he was about 19, Thomas wanted to be an astronaut, but his passion for acting was triumphed as he found himself skipping astronomy classes when he was attending college in the States, and became the star himself. After graduating from Laselle College of the Arts, he was involved in notable plays such as “Tribes”, working alongside with veterans like…
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Costa Coffee with Shakespeare: The Bardrista Strikes Back

Costa Coffee’s back at it again, and this time they’ve gone and given themselves an upsize to none other than the Bard himself. A nod to his 400th death anniversary, this Costa Coffee event brought local actor and director Adrian Pang, artistic and managing director of Singapore Repertory Theatre, Gaurav Kripalani, director for the British Council Singapore, Roland Davies, and an old friend, local poet Marc Nair, to weigh in on the significance of the prolific William Shakespeare some four centuries later. Needless to say, we were also accompanied by one Mr. Caffeine and his pals – some good ole’ donuts,…
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