Huayi Festival: The Magic Ocean 奇幻海洋

Fifi, Anya and I went to watch 奇幻海洋 on Saturday at the Esplanade. This play was performed in English last June and had pretty good reviews (the photos below are from that June performance. The one we watched was in Chinese and had Chinese actors). But I really didn’t enjoy it at all and I think Anya didn’t like it as much as The Magic Treetop that we watched last month. Firstly, unlike The Magic Treetop, there wasn’t any sort of a main plot holding the play together. There were a few things going on: a turtle was trying to find a place to lay her eggs, a shark wanted to make friends with some fish and there was a crab clearing rubbish and looking for a new shell. But there was nothing resembling a decent storyline.

Secondly, many children in the audience were completely out of control!! There wasn’t a raised performance area so while there were certain parts during the play where interaction was allowed and encouraged, kids were running around the performance area even when they weren’t supposed to! And the parents did nothing! I saw some kids getting in the way of the actors and the ushers trying desperately to get them to sit down while the parents just looked on adoringly with this “Oh look how much energy and initiative my kid has!” expression on their faces! There was this kid who ran out and clung onto the leg of one of the actors! And some kid stepped all over Fifi’s bag while trying to touch some sea creature. The kids were really rough and were grabbing at things and destroying the props. There was a stingray made of wire and some filmy material and the kids totally bent it out of shape and tore the material! I could feel my blood pressure rising steadily. ;(

Anya liked the bit about the turtle trying to lay eggs (she really loves eggs lah) and the jellyfish but was scared of the whale. She didn’t have very much to say about the rest of the play. I really hope the next one we go to is better and has a proper performance area so kids don’t run amok!

Anya & Fifi

pictures of June performance from PLAYtime! Facebook page

stingray that was ruined by the kids

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