Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Local Productions - Everything but The Brain Review

Brought to you by Sight Lines Productions, Everything But the Brain is currently showing at DBS Arts Centre from now till 
 21st August 2013.  Directed by young emerging theatre director Derrick Chew and written by Jean Tay, this award winning play is a mirror reflection of today's society of how kinship transforms with time. Premiered in 2005, and bags away 'Best Original Script' and 'Best Actor' (Gerald Chew) Award at the 2006 Life! Theater Awards,  Everything But the Brain returns again this August and promises to touch the hearts of many audiences!

Main cast of Everything But the Brain,clockwise : 
Edward Choy(left) , Gerald Chew and Koh Wan Ching.

Everything But The Brain tells the story of a Physics teacher, Elaine (Played by Wan Ching) who opposes time to try to save her father(Gerald Chew) from stroke. At times, the immediate switch of the roles when Elaine was taking care of her dad, to her childhood days,  touches my heart. It is so close to our everyday lives, as we see how our parents aged and how we also responded over the years. The Chemistry between the cast especially Gerald Chew and Wan Ching was excellent, so much so that I felt for Elaine's when her dad's condition worsen such as loss of control of bowels and his mobility. This play probably only portrays a micro view of a stroke's patient condition, in real life, the family of a stroke patient may need to spend much time and have alot of patience and love to take care of them. The romance of this play is brought out by Dr Sam (Edward Choy) together with Elaine, which turns out to be something else in a comical way!

Everything but the Brain will not be successful without the 3 bears. They are probably not linked to anyone in the show, but the play is enlivened by some amusing narrations from them. They are also there to remind the audiences the countdown of the time and also some physics theory which somehow can be related to Elaine's life. If you actually failed your physics since young, fred not as the 3 bears will simplify the complicated Physics theory and relates to your everyday life scenario!

From left: Cassandra Spykerman as the baby bear, Faizal Abdullah as the Papa Bear, and Amanda Tee as the Mama Bear.
Similar to Edges,  I like Sight Lines Productions creative ways to put up the backdrops and stage props. In Everything But the Brain, pay special attention to the projections and animations on the black curtains behind. At times, the projections play an important role in the play as it enhances the 'travel-back-time' effect. Also, the director also use the props creatively, from a chair to a suitcase, and then to a hospital bed. How did he do it? Watch 
Everything But the Brain to find out the answer!

Check out the comments from the audiences on the Gala Night!

 The entire cast together with the director Derrick Chew 
(extreme right)

Look who's also here on the Gala Night! Award Winning film-maker Anthony Chen!
Film-maker Anthony Chen is the first South-east Asian winner of the prestigious Camera d’Or prize.

Shoel and myself with the marketing staff, Angie and Director of Everything But the Brain, Derrick Chew. 
Many thanks to Sightlines Productions for the invitation. 

Everything But the Brain is currently showing from now till 21st August 2013 at DBS Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased through 
Please SUPPORT Local Productions!

I have a pair of Everything But the Brain tickets to be given away!
Date: 18th August 2013, Sunday, 8pm

If you are keen, just follow my instagram account at and drop me an email at with your Name, NRIC, and Mobile number. Closing Date: 
15th August 2013, 12pm. 

Winners will be randomly selected and notified via email. 

Good Luck! 

Pictures Credit: Sight Line Productions