On the night of 8th June, I went to see a cultural show at the Orchard MRT Park. The show was called " Wah Wayang". As I missed the first part of the show, I made it an effort to stay and see the rest of the show, and not just leave half-way, although the show was quite boring and I could not understand the Chinese dialect in which the performance was acted out. In spite of all the problems, I still tried my best to follow the skit by reading the English and Chinese subtitles on the right and left of the make-shift stage respectively. The performance was a Chinese Opera, consisting of three different skits acted out by different Chinese Opera Organisations in Singapore. The Chinese Opera was only one of the performance the park held for a programme that was going on throughout the week. Throughout the performance, I spotted some good, and sad to say, bad points of the performance. For example, the audibility of some of the actors were not very clear, and the background music was often louder than the actors' voices. Although there were the subtitles on the sides of the stage, they were very small, and hard for me to see, for I was sitting at the back. I can suggest to the organisers, that they should also make the subtitles a little higher, as the audience in front were blocking the bottom few lines. The stage lighting was also a problem. Once or twice, the lights did not come on when they were supposed to, causing some confusion among the audience, since we did not know what was happening on the stage, not being able to see in the dark. Now, about the good points, well, the show was interesting. With all the colourful traditional Chinese Opera costumes, it really make you want to see the different sorts that the characters wore, like in a fashion show! I think that it really shows how wide the variety of traditional Chinese Opera there is, having different dialects being able to act out skits, in their own special way. The fighting scenes were always the best, being appreciated by the audience for the well co-ordinated moves of the actors. The entry and exiting of the actors also involved precise timing on their part too. On the whole, I think that the opera was a very enriching experience that I went through, being able to view the different skits performed. One of the skit which I remembered most vividly was the last one. It was a story about an emperor, who dressed like a commoner, trying to flee through a boat at the mouth of the Yangtze; Yellow River. Although the play began a little confusing to me, I soon began to understand what was happening as the show went on. The Emperor was about to board the boat going to a temple, when a monk came passing by. He asked the Emperor for a ride, as they were going to the same place. On the way, the boat met with some unforeseen weather, like a big storm, whirl-pools and typhoons, created by the four Dragon Kings under the sea. They actually wanted it to be a gift for the Emperor, honoured that he was travelling on one of the Dragon's territory. The Emperor was horrified. He did not know what to do. As a resort, he offered a place in his court for anyone who could stop the "destruction". The monk approached the Emperor, telling him that he had a small bag which contained advice that was needed in times of trouble, and could only be opened when really needed. The Emperor told the monk to open the bag and read the advice. The monk did as the paper instructed, and the destruction stopped. The Emperor immediately offered the monk to be his assistant regarding the state affairs, which he humbly rejected. Though much pleading on the Emperor's part, the monk still rejected, telling him that he as only a monk, not fit to be an officer. With that, the show ended.
I really enjoyed the show, but it had come to an end, moreover, it was already dark. I got home, took a shower and laid on my bed, thinking of how I should write the Critical Analysis of the show the next morning. Slowly, and slowly, I began to fall asleep.