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Author Archives: Sharmila Melissa Yogalingam

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

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 »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘The Arsonists’ at Hot Chocolate Theatre

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Though the production is very problematic, it should be considered a feather in Hot Chocolate's cap that this brand-new amateur theatre could do something difficult. Read More »

Interview with Prem John, the Reluctant Actor from Singapore

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Acting was never something I dreamt of ever! Read More »

Hot Chocolate Theatre, Singapore’s First Repertory Theatre, to Open with ‘The Arsonists’

hot chocolate theatre

Singapore has never had a true repertory theatre before. Read More »

Interview with Kalki Koechlin – from Bollywood to ‘Trivial Disasters’ in Singapore

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I am myself on a special journey and taking everything as it comes. Everyday is a surprise. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Dance Like a Man’ by Mahesh Dattani

dance like a man

India's longest-running English-language play proves that Dance has the power to fracture, but also mend, relationships Read More »