Category: Arts

Raffles Players Presents: Noises Off!

By Lim Jing Rong (18A03A), Phang Yeu Yeou (19A01A), Caryn Chiah (19A01A)
Photos courtesy of Amy Lin (19A01B), Kathryn Oei (19A01A), Andrew Yap (19S06Q) and Tian Ruiying (19S05B) of Raffles Photographic Society

“Doors, sardines, and a lot of fun” — this absurdist marriage of words is actually the synopsis to Noises Off!, a metaphysical play-within-a-play, and a tongue-in-cheek meditation on the melodrama that spills over the stage and seeps into actors’ very lives. Put up by Raffles Players, cast members played actors in a touring troupe playing characters in a farce, Nothing On.

As the lights in the PAC dimmed on 12th May, loud chatter quickly subdued into quiet murmurs of anticipation. The red curtains parted, and a sprawling two-tier eight-door set was revealed to the audience. We were about to witness the cast and crew of Raffles Players perform Noises Off! — a comedic exercise in skill and ingenuity, and a bold defiance of gravity (or so we were told).

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Lights, Camera, Fashion: RPROJ 2018

By Lynn Hong (18A13A), Zhu Xiuhua (18S06A) and Soh Ying Qi (18A01C)
Photos courtesy of Xi Wenhan (19S07A) and Alyssa Marie Loo (19A13A)

If upon entering Joyden Hall on the evening of Friday, 25 May, you’d assumed that you’d somehow wandered onto the scene of a Fashion Week, you’d easily have been forgiven. In the span of 12 hours, the venue had been transformed into a glittering fashion paradise, complete with a full-length runway and rows of empty seats waiting to be filled.

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Raffles Photographic Society: 50by50

By Ina Song (19S07C) and Chloe Wong (19S07C)
Photos by Chloe Tan (19S03E) and Melvin Liam (19S05B)

Held at Dhoby Ghaut’s Visual Arts Centre, 50by50 was an exhibition of works created by members of the Raffles Photographic Society (RPS). The Year 6s were given a box measuring 50 cm by 50 cm – hence the name of the exhibition – to merge their photography with. In their words, “To make truly great art, one must think outside the box. (…) What creative challenge – or opportunity – does the box present? Does the box restrict, provide structure, or take on a completely unexpected meaning? Is the box simply a frame or can it add to or enhance the photograph?”

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Film Society Screening: (Be)Longing

By Loh Lin (19A01D), Kuang Shane Qi (19A13A) and Sarah Chen (19S03C)
Photos courtesy of Alyssa Loo (19A13A)

How do we grapple with notions of belonging? The second installment in Film Society’s Hodge Lodge screening series dealt with just that.  While their first screening addressed the struggles of being a woman, the films shown here tackled the human desire to fit in. Over the course of four (rather emotionally taxing) films, the audience was exposed to different takes on the theme of belonging, ranging from belonging in a social setting to the longing to belong.

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CLDCS Concert ’18: Lost and Found?

By Elizabeth Leong (18S06G), Ling Young Loon (18S07A) and Zhu Xiuhua (18S06A)

On 18 May 2018, the Chinese Language and Drama Cultural Society (CLDCS) presented to its audience a variety of art forms in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC). Viewers were treated to original songs and a heartfelt play, and could appreciate the CCA’s calligraphy exhibition during the intermission. The night’s theme was 寻觅 (xun mi), which literally means “to search”, though it was more figuratively translated to “Lost and Found?”

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