Annual Production 1994

Bay the Moon Bay the Moon Us & Them

"Bay the Moon" & "History: Us & Them"

Raffles Players' 1994 annual production—a doublebill—was performed on 8 and 9 April at the RI Lecture Theatre, and it was an exciting venture in many respects.

The first play, "Bay the Moon", featured a full cast of 14 lower secondary boys who donned costumes of fur and feathers, and who painted their faces beyond recognition as creatures of the animal kingdom. But the story is no fairy-tale; the animals were quarrelsome and displayed ugly traits of human nature, which was the theme of the play.

"History: Us & Them" was performed entirely by the upper secondary boys who received much praise for their tight ensemble work. The stark structure of the original script was interspersed with additional scenes written by two members who, remaining faithful to central theme of man's divisiveness and mistrust as the cause of war and human suffering, created a play that was relevant and thought-provoking. Conceptualised with an innovative staging, the production impressed everyone, without exception.

Drama Feste 1994

Moor
Buckley

Bayley: "Scandals"
Buckley: "Born Innocent"
Hullett: "Brian, Brian, Brian"
Moor: "[long]"
Morrison: "Flight of Faith"

Drama Feste 1994 opened with "Scandals" from Bayley, a play about adult relations and how lives are affected by rumours. It was an entertaining piece with a chorus of actors conveying the theme. The script won John Wee the Albar Shield for Best Script.

Buckley's "Born Innocent" focussed on the handicapped and the performance had the actors taking on multiple roles and being props and sets. It swept most of the awards, with Julian Leong earning the distinction of Best Director, and the House walked off with the Chandra Mohan Shield for Best Play.

Hullett's production of "Brian, Brian, Brian" related the struggles of three down-and-out musicians as they climbed to the top by playing music to accompany parodies of Shakespeare as part of their stage act.

Moor's "[long]" was a sensitive portrayal of how a bright, young boy rejected his family and was lured into the world of a secret society. It traced the complex relationship between the boy and his father, and also with the gang leader.

"Flight of Faith", from Morrison, thrilled the audience when the entire theatre was apparently hijacked by terrorists. Thereafter, conflicts arose among the hijackers and the play escalated to a climatic end.