Couple of days ago, an NEA agent rang our doorbell and would’ve asked to enter our apartment if not for the fact I had the dog on the leash and was about to go let him water the plants when I opened the door.
I had read about how some family was robbed by bogus NEA mosquito inspectors but I had met this particular agent before so I assumed he wasn’t up to no good. He simply asked ‘so far no problem’?
I would’ve said, ‘no, my mosquitoes are doing really well, thanks for asking’, if I had thought of it. Sadly, I didn’t, and I doubt if the NEA guy would have appreciated it anyway.
I’ve just finished making minor script adjustments before the show’s final full dress rehearsal, and Karen Tan’s just asked me this question – what is Mr Bean’s job?
She thinks maybe accountant or auditor. I’m thinking civil servant. Any other answers?
The first reaction to any MDA action is usually anger – then after letting it sink in for a little bit, we thought it really funny.
The production company thinks it’s a new category of advisory, this “satirical comedy” rating. And we’re scouring through the script to see what the hells I’ve written that has made the people at the MDA give us this groundbreaking honor.
It’s not the sex, we took that out. There is no violence except for one scene, and that’s pretty mild. I took out the bit about the PM’s pink wardrobe, so that can’t be it, unless they were reading an older version of the script.
What this actually means is that people under 16 have to be accompanied by older people, and the news that this is “satirical comedy” has to be publicized on ticketing outlets as well as at the theatre doors.
Still, I’m quite thrilled we’ve gotten this advisory, even though I’ve written R18 shows (Kumar) before.
Officially endorsed by Garmen!
We’ve been friends for over 25 years, and I’ve only just found out that Hossan’s mother is not Cantonese because he suddenly corrected himself (and me) while rehearsing for the show.
But we’re keeping the joke anyway. Sorry Auntie Mary.
We open on Sep 23, which is smack just before the F1 weekend. We couldn’t get a mini F1 kart on the show, so we’re making do with a mini racing motorcycle for Hossan to ride on stage. And no, we’re not attempting to outdo Mediacorp’s President’s Scar Charity.
It’s just over a week to opening night and we’re getting really excited now – the theatre veterans (of which I’m not a part) in the production have been eating like mad during rehearsals, because it wouldn’t be a Dream Academy production if there weren’t a variety of junk food on the meeting table outside the rehearsal studio.
This is Judee Tan’s first Dream production, and she says that while there is also food at other theatre companies’ rehearsals, there really is nothing like Dream’s constant flow of food – today alone we had brownies, mooncakes, donuts and curry puffs.
We might get some fried chicken from Popeye’s tomorrow cos we’re trying to get director George Chan fat.