2008年2月20日 星期三

如影隨行 (Like Shadows)新加坡觀後感

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The lone saxophone plays while this girl with red hair blows bubbles. Just behind them, there is a screen. A pattern of feathers is projected on the screen. The screen lifts, revealing a second thinner screen. The audience notices the set behind it. Two big pure white panels. One made with feathers, the other, paper. The set was kept pure white, with clean cute lines... The music, simple... Either a saxophone, or the keyboard.

I suppose that pretty much sums up what was possibly one of the best mandarin plays we've watched for about a year. Interestingly, the last was probably Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land (also by Stan Lai).

Now, not only do I want to watch of Stan Lai's productions, I would love to get my hands on his scripts! There is so much deeper meaning in his plays... But the moment loses itself all too quickly when you're immersed in the production... And its difficult to remember all that was said... and to fully reflect on deeper meaning in the play... It does, however, have what makes a production excellent - that the audience brings something back with them...

How do you differentiate between life and death, waking and sleeping, dreaming and not dreaming, hungry and not hungry... How do you know that what is happening around you isn't a dream? That you won't wake up from is and realise that none of it has happened? How do you know that you're not invisible? Or that you're not merely someone else's imagination?