As Singapore celebrates its 50th year of nationhood, its longest running theatre company marks 70 years of continuous performance with a very special show. Intriguingly titled “Seventy Shades of Play,” this production by The Stage Club runs from 27 to 30 May at the DBS Arts Centre.
Described as a theatrical revue, “Seventy Shades of Play” promises to be very popular night of light entertainment. Comprised of seven captivating scenes from seven plays, the show covers seven decades of performances by The Stage Club and seven centuries of work for theatre by leading English playwrights:
- Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”
- Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales”
- William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”
- Noel Coward’s “Private Lives”
- Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”
- Alan Ayckbourn’s “How the Other Half Loves”
- Keith Waterhouse’s “Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell”
Directed by four very experienced, Singapore-based theatre directors Elena Scherer, Gavin Low, Nick Perry and Nick Kenny, “Seventy” is designed to induce serious laughter from its hilarious comic and character acting, along with a number of musical interludes.
The cast includes many established acting and singing talents, including Nick Cheadle, Hunter Wood, Jane Grafton, Foofie Gunawardena, Nicola Kong, Nikki Hewett, Jasmine Buckingham, Erick Guansing, Steve Clark, Nicola Perry, Naeem Kapadia, Kyra Boyer, Vivienne Wong – and some relative newcomers to the Singapore stage – Soh Wee Ping, Damien Ng, Dave Beck, Grace Daria, Paul Heath, David Grant, Dhun Alan, Glenn Gonzales, Tomomi Kikuchi and Shawn Smith.
Lead director of the show, Elena Scherer, who has also just taken on the additional role of President of The Stage Club, said the celebratory revue is so named to mark 70 years of theatre performances for Singapore audiences. The show incorporates scenes from plays which have been performed at least once in each of the seven decades since the Club was established in 1945.
The food company director from Australia who has lived in Singapore for 27 years, Mrs Scherer has been acting and directing “for fun” with the Stage Club for much of that time. With the latest show, along with previous plays and pantomimes, she says she’s “surrounded by people who do this for sheer passion.”
“We learn so much from our actors, who are all volunteers but many with professional experience here and aboard. We also have an amazing backstage crew who are very creative and dependable, and while the audience never sees them, we could not put on shows without them.”
The two and a half hour performance runs for a limited season of four consecutive nights at 8pm at the DBS Arts Centre, home of the Singapore Repertory Theatre, from Wednesday 27 May to Saturday 30th.
Tickets are priced to suit theatre goers who appreciate professionally-presented productions by Singapore’s leading amateur drama company, the only one to have operated continuously for 70 years.
Tickets are $37 for the Wednesday night performance, and $42 for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. There are concessions for students and seniors, as well as a 10% discount for purchasers of four or more tickets at the same time.