Desmond Sim’s one man play Shrimps in Space is finally getting a revival this November! First written in 1999 and lauded for its heart and humour, we follow the life of Lim Huat Bee (Hang Qian Chou of Nine Years Theatre) as he grows up. Known as ‘Hay Bee’ to his friends (shrimp), Lim is a skinny, scrawny ‘shrimp’of a boy cautiously navigating his way through school and the world of big men and judgmental teenage girls. Along the way he meets ‘King Kong’, his polar opposite, and the odd couple embark on some long, rollercoaster years of misadventure and friendship.
At the press preview we were invited down to, Qian Chou impressed us with his confidence and stage presence and kept us hooked throughout, which we believe will manifest in the final performance as well. Considering it’s his first time doing a monologue, as opposed to the ensemble pieces of Nine Years Theatre, Shrimps in Space truly is an opportunity to let his talent shine. Desmond Sim’s script hasn’t been changed much from the original 1999 version, and so will be a great blast from the past for anyone who’s grown up in the 90s.
Presented by GenerAsia Limited, who last produced the highly successful 2015 Peranakan Arts Festival, Shrimps in Space is the perfect night out for anyone who’s ever felt like life has thrown everything at them, and the redeeming power of friendship.
Shrimps in Space plays at the SOTA Studio Theatre from 10-13 November. Tickets available from SISTIC.