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Published on 3 March 2015

TEXT BY PAMELA HO

SINGAPORE STORY STAGED

The epic Singapore story, now an international musical, set to travel places.

If you’re wondering who will play Mr Lee Kuan Yew in this upcoming epic musical of Singapore, guess what? Singapore’s first Prime Minister is a no-show in this production.

Just like the hit musical Miss Saigon was set against the Vietnam War, Evita against Argentina’s intriguing politics and Les Misérables, France’s passionate revolution, Singapura: The Musical revolves around the struggles of ordinary people during Singapore’s tumultuous path to independence, in the years between 1955 and 1965.

“Good musicals leverage on a nation’s history and serve as an exciting backdrop to the personal stories of the characters portrayed,” explains Ed Gatchalian, founder and artistic director of the 4th Wall Theatre Company, which will hold its world premiere of Singapura: The Musical at the newly-refurbished Capitol Theatre Singapore in May.

The show features an international cast and crew, including award-winning New York director Greg Ganakas, Filipino composer/music director Gatchalian and Singapore’s own Jonathan Lim in a lead role.

Catch the world premiere of Singapura: The Musical at Capitol Theatre Singapore, 19 May-28 Jun. Tickets available via singapurathemusical.eventclique.com.

(From left) Ed Gatchalian (composer/arranger/musical diraector), Greg Ganakas (director), Jonathan Lim (dramaturge/performer), Joel Trinidad (librettist).

A BRIT OF FUN

Who can resist British humour? But oh, there’s much more of Britain to love.

What do Mr Bean, Sherlock Holmes and Downton Abbey have in common? They’re all British TV hits that have become a part of pop culture! For one day only, you’ll get to appreciate the English language anew with free 90-minute workshops based on these popular British TV programmes at the Great British Carnival.

Organised by the British Council, the Carnival promises to be a day of family fun: Dress up like Sherlock Holmes or Lady Mary from Downton Abbey, take selfies with vintage cars, enjoy live performances and a very British food fair — complete with scones, teacakes and shortbread.

The Great British Carnival is held at the British Council (30 Napier Road), 21 Mar,
11am-4pm. For details, visit www.britishcouncil.sg/GreatBritishCarnival.

To register for the British TV-themed language workshops, call 6653-6251.

PHOTO  British Council Singapore  
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