Where TV cartoons meet contemporary art

Helmi Yusof
Published Thu, Aug 21, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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AT one point, a shower of 100 sharp darts appeared from behind the backdrop and rained on the stage. The audience in the first row panicked visibly, and got ready to bolt.

But the "death-by-darts" crisis quickly dissipated as it became clear that the darts - close as some came to the audience - were aimed to hit only the stage. It was a high point in the chaotic carnage that is Mystery Magnet, a theatre-cum-performance art piece staged at the ongoing Singapore International Festival of Arts, which is proving to be as full of surprises as Mystery Magnet.

Audiences might have guessed they were in for a strange treat when Mystery began with a fat security guard inexplicably lying on the floor, face down, in what appeared to be a pristine museum space. When he got up, he was greeted by the sight of strange figures in black jumpers and bulbous wigs. These mysterious visitors were up to no good, carrying out one prank after another.

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