“Powerful and emotive, The Weight of Silk of Skin was certainly memorable. Does it deserve a few restagings? Possibly – the script alone begs to be recited over and again.” - The Business Times
It’s only when you pull her dress over her head that you can begin to understand the weight of silk on skin; to divine, in the lines left by the seams on her bare shoulders, how you will leave, and when, and with what rehearsed words of deep regret.
He’s an arbiter of elegance at the end of the road, rewinding a life of cold beauty and harsh truths. His distractions are many: the erotic allure of women; neat whiskey in cut crystal; the matchless charms of a well-cut suit. But what happens when memories aren’t beautiful and style can’t conquer everything? And if he can’t regain lost time, can he still reclaim lost loves?
Lyrical, biting and powerful, The Weight of Silk on Skin is a timely meditation on the sensual pleasures and pains of a man’s life.
Presented by W!LD RICE, in collaboration with Checkpoint Theatre, The Weight of Silk on Skin was the opening show of the 2011 Man Singapore Theatre Festival. This production brought together Ivan Heng, Huzir Sulaiman and Claire Wong, three of Singapore theatre’s most celebrated artists, in a sexy new collaboration.
The Weight of Silk on Skin was nominated for Best Actor (Ivan Heng), and won Best Original Script and Best Lighting Design at the 2012 The Straits Times LIFE! Theatre Awards.
"Sometimes a good script and just one good performer is all you need to create a great theatre production.Heng gave a nuanced, mesmerising performance as he brought his character, the wealthy but broken Au Yong to life. He delivered the lines with a panache that is a joy to watch, conjuring vivid images as he spoke each word with subtle inflections and sometimes raw emotion as though he is Au Yong, a tortured man who must re-examine his life so far to have any hope of finding love again."Han Wei Chou, Channel News Asia
"I enjoyed the amoral core of the script - the mad maleness of it, the brutal sexism, the throwing of all romantic correctness to the wind - it gives the writing its energy and the character its authenticity."Adeilne Chia, SPH The Straits Times Life!
"Huzir is in a class of his own. His use of language effusive yet meticulous; rough yet refined; old school romantic yet crisp, clinical and modern; witty and sardonic in the most subtle of ways but at the same time almost naively heartfelt."Mayo Martin, For Art's Sake, TODAY Online
"Powerful and emotive... the script alone begs to be recited over and again.."Natalie Koh, The Business Times
The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2012 WINNER
- Best Original Script - Huzir Sulaiman
- Best Lighting Design - Lim Woan Wen
The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2012 NOMINATIONS
- Best Actor - Ivan Heng
3 - 7 Aug 2011
Drama Centre Theatre
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Playwright Huzir Sulaiman
Director Claire Wong
Set Designers Claire Wong, Ivan Heng, Huzir Sulaiman
Lighting Designer Lim Woan Wen
Costume Designer Huzir Sulaiman
Production Manager Koh Bee Bee
Stage Manager Elnie S. Mashari