17 July 2014 – 19 July 2014 @ Theatre Studio, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay


A striking adaptation of Madame Butterfly that takes the classic themes of love, despair, loss and hope and creates a fresh and unique interpretation for new audiences. This modern, multi-disciplinary piece uses visually poetic narrative to tell the tragic tale of Butterfly, a kitemaker, whose lover has left her, alone and isolated. Meyyappan‘s established visual style seen previously in Snails & Ketchup is complemented by the introduction of spectacular puppetry, creating a lush, textured, innovative piece of visual theatre about love and loss.

Known for his eclectic mix of visual and physical theatre and his incorporation of circus techniques and bouffon, Ramesh Meyyappan is a Singapore-born Scotland based theatre practitioner who continually develops and expands his theatrical vocabulary. Winner of two Life! Theatre Awards for Best Actor, his productions have toured the world, including Austria, Australia, Cambodia, India, Hong Kong, Sweden, Brazil the UK and America amongst others.

In the haunting world of Butterfly, embark on a spell-binding journey that plunges you deep into one woman‘s insanity as she grapples with her estrangement and despair.

1h 10 min, no intermission. 

(Source: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay Website)

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Butterfly (2014), Review
On the Wings of Love Every movement has clearly been carefully deliberated upon. The poetic Butterfly by Ramesh Meyyappan is, according to the programme, an adaptation of Madame Butterfly. It explores the original's themes of love, despair, loss and hope through the title character (Ashley Smith), a kite-maker who literally lets her creations take flight but is herself grounded by her love for Nabokov (Meyyappan), a lepidopterologist whose life's mission, appropriately enough, is to
Selina Chong
Reviewed: 17 July 2014
Butterfly (2014), Review
Beautiful Creatures Breathtaking and barbarous. It's impossible to watch a Ramesh Meyyappan production and not be filled with a sense of awe. The deaf, Glasgow-based Singaporean artiste's physical theatre productions are marked by their simplicity and profound visual narrative: a reminder that one can effectively capture an entire spectrum of human emotions without ever needing to rely on dialogue. In Butterfly, Meyyappan presents us with a stunning adaptation of the well-known tale of M
Naeem Kapadia
Reviewed: 19 July 2014
Butterfly (2014), Review
The Butterfly Effect Ramesh Meyyappan presents an astounding visual treat and captures audiences’ hearts with his latest offering, Butterfly. As the house lights came on after the performance, I stole a quick glance among the members of the audience, and saw several of them dabbing away at their eyes with tissue paper. Quite a feat for a piece of physical theatre performed without words. Yes, no words. Acclaimed actor-writer-director Ramesh Meyyappan (who is deaf) returns to the Singapore s
Walter Chan
Reviewed: 17 July 2014