The ride home: The epic 2 Houses, which was a site-specific play at George Town Festival 2014 reminded the audience of the nation's journey of growing up. The play, directed by Singapore theatre veteran Lim Yu-Beng, was an intimate two-hour event that also touched on human experiences through the country's early years.
George Town Festival’s play 2 Houses drove home the ideals of family and national identity.
IT was a fine December night in 1941 Penang.
War may have been the talk of the day but on this particular night, it was seemingly quiet. Danger and doom seemed distant, almost absent. The enemy from the North may very well be en route but it mattered not.
For today was a day of celebration. Festivity was ripe in the air. The guests, all adorned and well, clinked their glasses of sweet wine and chattered about merrily.
The topic on everyone’s tongue was the magnificent Heah-Gate Mansion, in whose grounds they were all gathered. The edifice, the Heah’s symbol of power and generational wealth, stood majestically like a crown jewel. It was the pride of this family.
The masters of the house were nowhere to be seen but the servants kept the guests entertained with more wine and finger food.
Then some beautiful music began, first the grand piano, then the cello and finally the elegant lady in red.
She took the microphone and started her bewitching song. Like the hands of a lover, her voice caressed all those who were listening.