OST Press Conference | SM's Comments | Gala Photos Sunday, August 26 |
881 OST Press Conference, Dragonfly.
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Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong's comments on 881.
Did you enjoy the film 881?
Ans: Yes. very much. The musical has all the elements of a Broadway hit. It is humorous, entertaining, poignant, with good singing and lots of action. The rejection of Big Papaya by her mother over her desire to be a getai singer and Little Papaya's struggle with cancer, pain and death will cause many to shed a silent tear. My four-year old grand-daughter cried when Qi Yuwu traded his pet rooster to raise money for the last performance in Little Papaya's life. There is even a whiff of romance. Some of my friends have gone to see the show upon my encouragement. They enjoyed it.
Does 881 capture a heritage of Singapore?
Ans: Getai has become part of the Lunar Seventh Month rituals and festivities. There will always be a segment of our population who believe in what I call the traditional religions. They observe the rituals of the Hungry Ghosts month. Getai adds to the colour and diversity of Singapore, and seems to have taken the place of Teochew wayang. The latter has difficulties in recruiting performers and may disappear from our local cultural scene. It will be good if getai can help to preserve Singapore's street-level cultural heritage and not go down memory lane one day.
881 Gala Premiere, Gv Vivocity.