While I am aware that Singapore has a growing, vibrant arts scene, I have never actually attended a local arts event. All of this changed on 27 April 2016; Myself, together with my cousin, bought tickets to watch Shakespeare in the Park by Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT), a theatre company that stages several theatre-related acts and local productions).
The Shakespeare play that we watched was Romeo & Juliet, one of the most famous stories about 2 young lovers, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, who fall in love with one another despite their feuding families.
This years’ event is special for good and bad reasons; good being the fact that it coincides with the 400th year of Shakespeare’s death, and bad being the fact that this may be the last Shakespeare in the Park due to financial reasons.
Now on to the main highlight of this blog post…
Overall, the show was basically spectacular; the cast did an amazing job playing their roles and the stage set was intriguing. I liked how they assigned different colours for the 2 households : Blue for the Montagues and Red for the Capulets. This makes it easy for the audience to be able to tell who is who. Apart from that, the play is easy to understand, even for those who do not have a firm grasp on Shakespearean English.
In my opinion, the play is worth the long queue and mosquito bites (especially since it was held outdoors; at Fort Canning Park to be exact). If you asked me to rate it, I would give it a 4 out of 5.