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).