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Author Archives: Sharmila Melissa Yogalingam

Ex-professor, Ex-phd student, current freelance critic, writer and filmmaker.

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Ghost the Musical’

ghost the musical

Great voices and staging but uninspired acting and unmemorable songs make this production a mixed bag. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Totem’ by Cirque du Soleil

cirque du soleil totem

'Totem'is a story about man's relationship with nature, as well as with the flora and fauna around us. As with most Cirque du Soleil productions, there isn't a solid narrative, which some might find problematic if you're looking for a logical plot. Rather, imagery and connotative stories take centre stage. Read More »

Interview: Neelanthi Vadivel, Artistic Director of Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Totem’

cirque du soleil totem

'Totem' is a non-chronological journey through man’s evolution from swamp creature to cosmonaut. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Battlefield’ by Peter Brook

battlefield peter brook

For a modern theatrical audience who goes to the theatre to be entertained by a story rather than by a message, 'Battlefield' isn't going to satisfy easily. On the other hand, if you are someone who goes to the theatre to marvel at the language and meaning found in dialogue, this is a play you shouldn't miss. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Saturday Night Fever, the Musical’


All in all though, 'Saturday Night Fever' is a fun and energetic musical, with great songs - even if its plot is showing its age and sexist tendencies. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Chestnuts 50: The Unbelyeevable Jubilee Edition’


Made up of skits about local issues and personalities, 'Chestnuts 50' did not disappoint in making the audiences roar with laughter through the entire production. Read More »

Interview with Kalaivani Kumareswaran of Temple of Fine Arts’ (Singapore) ‘Dharma Ashoka – A Transformative Journey’


It is tough and tiring – but dance is passion driven so enthusiasm is always there to help with the creative process after a long day at work. Read More »

Interview with Vasudha Gangadharan of Temple of Fine Arts’ (Singapore) ‘Dharma Ashoka’ – A Transformative Journey


Funding for the Arts is a major issue not only for us, but generally in Singapore. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘The LKY Musical’


This musical traces the life of LKY aka Lee Kuan Yew (Adrian Pang), former Prime Minister of Singapore, who spearheaded Singapore's rise from a third world country to a fully developed first world nation. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

Don Lockwood, Kathy and  Cosmo . Credit: Hagen Hopkins.

All in all, 'Singin' in the Rain' is a decent musical that will keep the family entertained and enthused for the most part. Sometimes there's nothing better than some wet fun. Read More »