The Good, the Bad and the Sholay (2015)

26 November 2015 – 29 November 2015 @ Theatre Studio, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay


In this fast and ever-changing world, what is constant? What do we lose in the name of progress? And what happens when we finally let go?

The 1975 Bollywood classic Sholay, with its thrilling exploits of outlaw heroes and high-stakes emotion, provides the backdrop for this profoundly humorous coming-of-age story that chronicles Raghav’s journey from boyhood in the small Indian city of Ambala to the metropolis of Singapore.

From navigating a sense of home to finding where you belong in a globalised world, the trials of Raghav’s impending adulthood are brought to life by an ensemble cast that weave in and out of dozens of character in an arresting physical theatre performance full of warmth and wit.

The Good, the Bad and the Sholay originally premiered at the NUS Arts Festival 2011, as a Checkpoint Theatre and NUS Stage production, and was presented by NUS Centre for the Arts. It received three nominations at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for Best Original Script, Best Director and Production of the Year. Playwright Shiv Tandan joins Huzir Sulaiman in directing this new staging that deftly captures the joys and sorrows of growing up and the changes that come with each stage of life.

Playwright: Shiv Tandan
Director: Shiv Tandan, Huzir Sulaiman

Chanel Ariel Chan
Chng Xin Xuan
Ghafir Akbar
Deborah Hoon
Kubhaer T. Jethwani
Thomas Pang
Pavan J. Singh
Julie Wee

Set Design: Mac Chan, Hay Teow Kwang
Lighting Design: Mac Chan
Costume Design: Laichan
Hair and Makeup: IJJI7 Makeup

Production Stage Manager: Hatta Sulaiman 
Producers: Claire Wong, Huzir Sulaiman

(Source: Checkpoint Theatre Website)

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The Good, the Bad and the Sholay (2015), Review
Changes and the Things We Return To The glib phrase, “change is the only constant,” is supposedly meant to encourage a stoic attitude in others. More often than not, it disregards the personal struggles of the individual in their search to find their place in the world again. For Raghav — amidst the technological changes, eroding traditions, and distant friendships — the hit Bollywood movie, Sholay, is his anchor. It reminds him of childhood games and the intermittent power failures that giv
Isaac Tan
Reviewed: 26 November 2015