W!LD RICE is recognised as one of Singapore’s leading professional theatre companies. W!LD RICE’s creative work is first and foremost a celebration of Singaporean talents.
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My first experience with Wild Rice was earlier this year with their rendition of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”. It was well played although starring an all male cast, consisting Hossan Leong and Chua En Lai, both playing female characters. Leong played Miss Prism and EnLai Gwendolen Fairfax.
The audience was diverse, made up of many Caucasians as well as Singaporeans. From the audience’s thunderous laughter to the fun that the actors themselves had on stage, we know that it has successfully delivered Wilde’s classic.
Wild Rice is amazing in bringing Literature classics to life on stage here in Singapore theatre, giving Singaporeans opportunities to watch popular Lit texts come alive without having to fly to London.
It should continue bringing popular Literature classics to life, enriching Singapore’s arts scene and helping Singaporeans to better appreciate Literature.
I have a friend whose mother is an actress is many W!ld Rice productions. I often do volunteer work at the shows to earn CIP hours, and I've always been rewarded with courtesy tickets to the on-going show which I appreciate very much.
I've come to know some of the staff at W!ld Rice, and I have to say that they're a quirky bunch. I've been to their office in Little India, and I've seen how much they have to work to prepare and produce a pantomime. Even though acting and drama may not be my thing, I can't lie that I've enjoyed seeing W!ld Rice as a company, and even getting the opportunity to volunteer with them.
The pantomimes that they produce are always so funny, with a touch of Singapore to the well-known fairy tales like Aladdin, Cindera-lah! and Animal Farm. I've enjoyed myself at all the pantomimes I've been to, and I look forward to the ones that they'll do in the future!
I remember the last show I went to was 'Aladdin' in 2011 where Hady Mirza acted as Aladdin. Before that, I saw 'Jack and the Beansprout'.
Honestly Wild Rice, compared to the Singapore Repertory Theatre, seems catered more to kids and families. The SRT on the other hand likes to take on plays with darker and deeper undertones. Somehow I like both, but I feel that Wild Rice has to up its game if it wants to retain its audience.
That being said, I've really enjoyed all the Wild Rice productions. They've been fun, exciting and a joy to watch. However I do wish that it would take on tougher plays.