beauty of the tale lies in its universal appeal: the dream of riches, the
breaking away from tradition, love, trial and family. Yente is often torn
between his need to be fair and the force of the traditions that have been
instilled in him. Tradition in fact forms one of the main themes of the
play: tradition and the breaking away from it. This is portrayed
magnificently at the inception of the musical through Yente's song
-Tradition. A montage of village scenes at this point familiarise us to the
surroundings that are going to wring tears and laughter out for the next
three hours or so. No-one can not cry or laugh at some point through this
orchestra is outstanding and the voices, almost without exception, are
splendid. Each frame has a place and purpose and blends beautifully. Topol
as Tevye definitely deserves a standing ovation!
no comment can be complete without an analysis of that elusive, haunting
fiddler. Many theories have been proposed for his existence. The fiddler on
the roof is said to represent balance - the careful balance that simple
Yente must execute to leave a god-fearing life in a sometimes seemingly
godless land. On the other hand he could stand for the unwavering faith that
Yente has through his troubled, yet rewarding life. Then again who knows, he
may be Yente's guardian angel - as someone said. Whatever he is, he forms an
integral part of the play.
On The Roof: one of those extraordinary surges of brilliance that the world
is sometimes favoured with - when the muse is in a good mood.
an entertaining mime act from the UK
Clod Ensemble from UK, sponsored by the British Council will perform their
award winning show Greed in Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna between April 19 and
tour is co-sponsored by Channel 1 MTV, Yes FM, Classic Radio, Shakti FM, The
Colombo Plaza and SriLankan Airlines.
dentist and his beautiful young wife are rescued from a life of poverty when
they inadvertently discover a miracle mouthwash, which promises perfect
white teeth for life. The product is a nationwide hit and the young lovers
soon become fabulously wealthy. But life is hard and dentistry is not much
easier. As their business blossoms, holes begin to appear in their
relationship, their business ethics and their teeth.
romantic comedy, it is inspired by the silent movie era of 1920s and the
slapstick of Keaton and Chaplin. Two skilful young actors mime the
melodramatic rise and fall of a dentist and his wife. Without any words, the
action unravels, including moments of slapstick, pathos and sideways
observations about the ethics of business and the business relationships.
Subtitles projected onto a screen and melodramatic music, tug at the
emotions in a gentle, ironic way.
Jason Thorpe and Sarah Cameron it features an original score for piano
played live by John Paul Gandy. Greed premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe
Festival in August 2003.
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