Friday, May 22, 2015

The Stage Club Presents '70 Shades of Play' 27 to 30 May 2015

Singapore's oldest theatre company The Stage Club celebrates their 70th anniversary with a theatrical revue entitled 70 Shades of Play, running from 27 to 30 May 2015. Its a greatest hits evening presenting scenes from 4 different plays that they have previously produced, with musical interludes between scenes. One of the musical acts is Filipino Erick Guansing, whose exciting vocals can be seen in this live performance video:

Here's more information from the company's press release:

The Stage Club Celebrates 70th Anniversary with Theatrical Revue:

As Singapore celebrates its 50th year of nationhood, its longest running theatre company marks 70 years of continuous performance with a very special show. Intriguingly titled “Seventy Shades of Play,” this production by The Stage Club runs from 27 to 30 May at the DBS Arts Centre.
Described as a theatrical revue, “Seventy Shades of Play” promises to be very popular night of light entertainment. Comprised of seven captivating scenes from seven plays, the show covers seven decades of performances by The Stage Club and seven centuries of work for theatre by leading English playwrights:

  • Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"
  • Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales"
  • William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"
  • Noel Coward's "Private Lives"
  • Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead"
  • Alan Ayckbourn's "How the Other Half Loves"
  • Keith Waterhouse's "Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell"

Directed by four very experienced, Singapore-based theatre directors Elena Scherer, Gavin Low, Nick Perry and Nick Kenny, “Seventy” is designed to induce serious laughter from its hilarious comic and character acting, along with a number of musical interludes.

The cast includes many established acting and singing talents, including Nick Cheadle, Hunter Wood, Jane Grafton, Foofie Gunawardena, Nicola Kong, Nikki Hewett, Jasmine Buckingham, Erick Guansing, Steve Clark, Nicola Perry, Naeem Kapadia, Kyra Boyer, Vivienne Wong, Varshini – and some relative newcomers to the Singapore stage – Soh Wee Ping, Damien Ng, Dave Beck, Grace Daria, Paul Heath, David Grant, Dhun Alan, Glenn Gonzales, Marilyn White, Tomomi Kikuchi and Shawn Smith.

Lead director of the show, Elena Scherer, who has also just taken on the additional role of President of The Stage Club, said the celebratory revue is so named to mark 70 years of theatre performances for Singapore audiences. The show incorporates scenes from plays which have been performed at least once in each of the seven decades since the Club was established in 1945. “We learn so much from our actors, who are all volunteers but many with professional experience here and aboard. We also have an amazing backstage crew who are very creative and dependable, and while the audience never sees them, we could not put on shows without them.”

The two and a half hour performance runs for a limited season of four consecutive nights at 8pm at the DBS Arts Centre, home of the Singapore Repertory Theatre, from Wednesday 27 May to Saturday 30th. Tickets are $37 for the Wednesday night performance, and $42 for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. There are concessions for students and seniors, as well as a 10% discount for purchasers of four or more tickets at the same time.

Bookings through SISTIC. For more information and to get tickets go to:
Telephone 6348 5555

About The Stage Club

Founded in 1945, The Stage Club is Singapore's oldest theatre company, which has been in continuous operation for 70 years. At the end of the Second World War, the drama group evolved out of the British Army’s entertainment troupe and has been putting on public performances ever since. It is a non-profit, amateur membership club, and is open to foreign and local talent, providing rewarding experiences on-stage and behind the scenes. Over the past seventy years, it has presented a total of 375 productions, an average of five shows a year, covering the best of theatre in the English language.

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