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Author Archives: Sharmila Melissa Yogalingam

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

Interview: Juliette Binoche on Her New Film ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’, Singapore International Film Festival

Juliette Binoche Clouds of Sils Maria

And what's her secret to aging? With a laugh, she says, 'I don’t feel time when I work – and that’s probably why I work all the time!' Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Dim Sum Dollies – The History of Singapore Part 2′

Mrs Soharto (Selena Tan), Indira Gandhi (Pam Oei) and Mrs Marcos (Denise Tan) reacting to Singapore's progress in 1981. 

Image by Dream Academy.

Outrageously funny, full of timely insights regarding the Singapore landscape, and delivered with the most pitch perfect comedic timing. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story’

Photo Credit - Luk Monsaert. Peter Pan and Wendy (Centre).

There are acrobats and pretty set pieces, along with gorgeous costumes, that will keep audiences entertained throughout the 2 hour show. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘The Way We Go’ by Checkpoint Theatre

Agatha Mao (Lydia Look) and Violet Chan (Neo Swee Lin)

Unfortunately, this critic wanted to love this play, but was left asking what was the purpose of it all? Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Mama Mia’ by Base Entertainment

Rosie, Tanya and Donna

'Mama Mia' is highly effective in transporting one to this Greek isle and, together with the music and dancing, you can almost hear the Aegean Sea yourself. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Monkey Goes West’ by Wild Rice

Monkey Goes West by W!LD RICE (photo 4)

When there is so little entertainment these days that an entire family can enjoy together, it is simply wonderful to have a production like 'Monkey Goes West' that will absolutely enthrall people of all ages. Read More »

Interview: Ramanan Thiagarajan and Paveena Kumar of Shantanjali Festival of Arts, by Temple of Fine Arts

Paveena Kumar dancing a Bharathanatyam piece

The Shantanjali Festival of Arts celebrates the coming together of various art forms and artists, and the diverse cultures that they each emanate from. And admission is free! Read More »

Interview: Lydia Look of Checkpoint Theatre’s ‘The Way We Go’

Lydia Look

'It’s essential to speak like an American if you are auditioning for an American role in an American show. [But] yes, I can do a Singapore accent. Once a Singaporean, always a Singaporean.' Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott

priscilla queen of the desert

The acting and accents aren't the greatest, but fine singing voices will have you humming and singing the retro tunes hours after you leave the theatre. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Gitanjali [I Feel the Earth Move]’ by The Necessary Stage

Harrison (left) in a dance segment.
Photo credit: Caleb Ming / SURROUND

Despite a too-common plot, this entertaining play about an Indian Odissi dancer was well-acted and danced. Read More »