Cast of Les Miserables tackle Singlish - and fail miserably - in viral video

The cast of Les Miserables mostly failed miserably in their attempts at Singlish.
The cast of Les Miserables mostly failed miserably in their attempts at Singlish. PHOTOS: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK VIDEOS

SINGAPORE - Agaration, Abuden and cheemology - terms and expressions that any Singaporean worth his salt should know.

But what happens when the cast of Les Miserables have a go at deciphering the meaning behind these Singlish words?

Bewilderment, hilarity and blank "catch no ball" expressions ensue, naturally.

A video of the cast - predominantly Australian except for British actor Earl Carpenter, who plays villain Javert - attempting to explain words such as "shiok", "aiyah" and "yaya papaya" was uploaded on the Les Miserables Singapore Facebook page on Saturday (June 25).

It proved a hit, chalking up close to 2,800 shares and nearly 100,000 views since.

To be fair, they did get some right, including "my one" and "like that ah".

"Shiok", on the other hand, was assumed to be a rude word, while veteran actress Helen Walsh's pronunciation of "wah lau" drew plenty of laughs.


The 2½-minute video ends with the cast urging the public in Singlish to book their tickets to the popular musical, which ends its run at the Esplanade Theatre on July 24.

The Singapore production boasts features such as an updated stage set, a re-orchestrated score and reimagined scenery based on paintings by French writer Victor Hugo, whose epic novel the musical is based on.

Set against the backdrop of 19th century revolutionary France, the musical follows the journey of ex-convict Jean Valjean (played by Simon Gleeson) and the people in his life.

Les Miserables was in the news earlier this month when a kissing scene between two male performers was removed following complaints from the public.

The scene involved a brief peck on the lips during the song Beggars At The Feast, which was not in many other productions of the long-running classic.

The Media Development Authority confirmed that it had reviewed the performance after initially giving Les Miserables a "General" rating.

The cast of Les Miserables were not the only ones who put Singlish in the spotlight this week.  

US actress Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in the hit Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, was featured in a YouTube video uploaded on June 23, which showed her picking up the Singlish version of the quotes used by her character.