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Theatre review: Cloud Messenger travels the distance to find a connection

Published on Aug 11, 2014 5:53 PM
 
One look at the title Cloud Messenger and one thinks of photos, music, the fragments of people's lives stored in invisible clouds. -- PHOTO: INTERCULTURAL THEATRE INSTITUTE

One look at the title Cloud Messenger and one thinks of photos, music, the fragments of people's lives stored in invisible clouds.

But the play has a much older provenance - it is based on the poem Megha Duta by ancient Indian writer Kalidasa, about a man in exile who asks a passing cloud to convey a message to his wife.

Written and directed by theatre veterans Haresh Sharma and Alvin Tan respectively, and put together by a multinational cast which hails from as far as Bolivia, the play staged over the weekend is a multi-layered and multilingual look at loss, journeys and foreigners working in Singapore's midst.

Like its title, which references the classical and the modern, the play is both lyrical and topical. It is funny as well, its touch at times deliciously fluffy.

 
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