Playhouse 2007: Thoughts on the Night Itself

Playhouse 2007 has successfully concluded. Unfortunately, having spent most of the afternoon preparing, all the participants of the M5 Playhouse play were unable to watch the other plays, and thus I am unable to comment on the other plays.

M5 Playhouse Team

Regarding the M5 play
It was evident from the moment we saw the script that this play was directed at medical personnel, and people who read the newspapers, who would be able to understand its insider jokes.
A layman would have no clue what was going on.
An M1 would still have no clue what was going on.
An M2 would recognise one professor.
An M3 would understand the going-ons of the ward.
There were mainstream spoofs, of course, such as the Bourne Identity interrogation scene.

Anyway, despite the hitches now and then, we’ve come through admirably.

Every year our batch goes into Playhouse sufficiently happy to be participating, much less thinking about winning anything. Our first and only prize won so far was Best Script in 2006, a prize that no longer exists in 2007 for some strange reason. This year, we’ve broken new ground.

This year, the class of 2008 (i.e. M5 2007-2008) has brought home two awards. M5 took back the Best Lighting and Sound and Best Actress awards.

It’s time to give credit where credit is due.

While it was all a team effort, it would have been much, much worse, and the prizes would not have been possible without the efforts of our acting coach/video editor/director Rakesh. He provided the technical know-how for the videos, did almost all the video editing, told us what to do for maximum scene effect, directed the lights, the slides, ran through scene after scene with actor after actor. He deserves to bring the Best Lighting and Sound award home.

As for the Best Actress award, (not taking anything away from the actress), she couldn’t have done it without Rakesh. He showed remarkable patience as he coached her through the scenes. He showed remarkable patience as he coaxed her when she was having a breakdown at the last minute. Yes, she showed much dedication, memorising her lines and requesting repeats during rehearsals to attempt to perfect her delivery, but it was Rakesh who made it possible.

The main result –

Best Play
1st Place – M2
2nd Place – M4
3rd Place – M3
(oops, note the distinct lack of M5 in the above)

Cheers! A final thought post will come up shortly, and that’ll be the end of it.



2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by plhu on October 28, 2007 at 7:55 am

    looking forward to your final thought post.
    will comment on that then.

    (isn’t this such a useless comment? but it’s to spur you on to write that final thought post. i never ever get down to writing my final thought posts.)


  2. And this is a useless comment thanking you for your useless comment. The final thought post is up… “not that that… makes a difference…”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: