Off Centre - Faith and Rou Shyan

Off Centre - Faith and Rou Shyan
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  • ACT ONE SCENE THREE - START
  • ACT ONE SCENE THREE
  • ACT ONE SCENE THREE
  • Saloma and Vinod are talking. This shows that over a span of 3 months they got closer and are more comfortable with each other. Hence, Saloma was willing to go out with Vinod to eat at a restaurant and this shows that she was opening up to Vinod. The fact that she was willing to "call again and dedicate" multiple times to Vinod depict their relationship.
  • ACT ONE SCENE THREE
  • Saloma continues to think that everyone in the restaurant are staring at them and calls herself off centre. These thoughts are fueled by her thoughts and how she perceives her self, hence she keeps telling herself "I'm not mad." She says this repeatedly to convince herself. This shows that she is insecure because she was an ex mental-patient. 
  • ACT ONE SCENE THREE
  • Vinod's toast causes everyone in the restaurant to stare at them. Saloma gets uncomfortable, thinking they are staring because they were patients in Woodbridge hospital. Her words "they laugh because we are mental patient, off-centre." shows her perception of 'normal' people. Saloma refers to the audience as ‘normal’ people or ‘centre’, drawing a fine line between the ‘normal’ people and the mentally ill. 
  • ACT ONE SCENE THREE - END
  • Saloma wants to be something other than herself, hence, her wish to be a bird.  She wants to be what society sees as normal. In this scene, stage directions of "Diners laughing" repeatedly shows Saloma's view of others : mocking and laughing at her.
  • Saloma believes that everyone takes advantage of them because they are off centre, she believes that people dont like her because of the effect of the medicine that she takes. Vinod continues to talk to her about what they discussed earlier to keep her from doing anything dumb. But she takes his message the wrong way and thinks that she has to conform to people's expectations of her.
  • They then close their eyes and Vinod asks Saloma if he could think of anything. Saloma asks Vinod to keep quiet and they end up guessing what song they were thinking of at the moment to see if it was the same. This depicts Saloma and Vinod calming themselves down. The scene ends with them smiling, and going to their rooms.
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