Are relationships really that easy in the days of strong individual opinions?
The trend of BUY ONE GET ONE seems to have hit the theatre circles as well, since two plays, namely Lemmings and The Wedding Pig, will be staged together. The Double Bill is the second production of The Second Breakfast Company (2BCo). The two plays were selected from the open call for original works by 2BCo this year out of 40 other submissions.
The plays are based on relationships, tradition, male chauvinism and religion. Both are staged by young adults and bring out the daily issues that are faced by young couples and highlight the importance of respect in a relationship.
Lemmings is the work of Myle Yan Tay and is set in contemporary times. In the play, Cassandra (Rachel Chin) and John (Terrance Tan) are a couple who have spent 23 months of their relationship as if it were a bed of roses but their opposing views on religion grow out as thorns. John and Cassandra fail to have a rational discussion about God which then break into a dramatic argument. All Casandra wants is John to respect her beliefs. The dialogues go back and forth, giving you both sides to justify the existence of their beliefs.
The second play, The Wedding Pig, staged at the Asian Youth Theatre Festival earlier this year, is written by Chelsea Cheo Baoyun. Leah (Jelaine Sha-Men) has her wedding in a week and naturally has many things on her mind. She has to pay her debts, solve her issues with her sister, and decide if she wants vanilla icing on her cake or not. The family heirloom, a golden pig, has been passed on to her as she is the first in the family to get married. However, her sister Debbie (Tia Andrea Guttensohn) also wants it, and Leah’s fiancé Zack (Jeramy Lim) wants her to sell it, creating more trouble in her life.
The plays promise laughter from start to finish and are a must watch for young adults and couples, as they set you thinking in a new direction about youth theatre. The actors also did justice to their roles and gave great performances.
The play will be staged at Center 42 Blackbox from the 2nd of November to the 5th of November. Tickets are available on SISTIC at $25.
Review by Poonam Dasilva