Last night, I went to see an invite-only play by Seeds Brunei Amateur. It was great. I think that would be my first time attending such a play in my life. I’ve been to really amateur drama, where it was purely just for fun. That play last night was to raise funds for their end year big production. Apparently, they’ve been around for 6 years and the society is built on government school students and teachers. How have I not heard of them is beyond me.
Their big production is usually a cast of students, but last night, it was a one-month practice play in a humble venue (simple and great set, nonetheless) and the trainers were on center stage. At least, that’s what I understood from the speech given by one of the co-directors before the play began. At first, I was a bit apprehensive, but as soon as I got to the venue, I felt…good. Being there with about 49 other people with similar interests felt good, you know? Hah.
One of the co-directors gave his beautiful and eloquent speech before and after the Isyak prayers, and the Play began. I’m not going to delve too much into what it was about, but the Play was of a murder mystery genre. I was intrigued right from the beginning, and I think it’s fair to say that most of the audience were. The projection of speech, expressions of the face and body…I was definitely entertained. I was surprised, I laughed, I felt touched, and I was receiving words of wisdom from some of the scenes. Two of which I remember; running away from problems won’t solve anything, and, secondly, some friends are fake and pretending.
The Play ran for two hours ish with an intermittent in between for 10 minutes. I was a bit sore on the shoulders, still am today, but worth it! If I had to pick, my fave character…the obvious one would be Christopher Wren as he reminded of Jack Sparrow’s aura. Detective Sergeant Trotter looked like the Malaysian actor, Adiputra. Haha. All 8 characters were performed well; I believed them, and, somehow, I could relate in a way? I got to speak with the Seeds Brunei supervisor (?), Mr Steven, and, he seemed like a passionate and humble man.
It was quite refreshing to see Bruneians expressing themselves through art, and it tells me that we are not to be taken too lightly when it comes to the Arts! And that there is so much to explore in our own little backyard. I’d like to thank my friend, Jay, for inviting me (even on such short notice) to the play. I’ve always wanted to go one, and finally, I have!
So, I don’t have too big of a bucket list, but watching a Play is definitely one of them, and I can tick that off now. :) I don’t know why I’ve capitalized the p in Play…Oh, watching the Play made me want to speak in proper English now. The social environment at work has developed Singlish into my vocabulary. :P