I guess its true. People can tell when someone is mentally ill. But you could have said "hi" back to me. I was only trying to be friendly, not mentally ill. But really,how do you all tell? I look no different from any of you.
I can even spend $5 on taxi to go to Yishun to try the $1 chicken rice. Like you. Then why am i labelled mad, siow, crazy, mental, psycho, cuck-... and not you?
- set welcoming tone Technical aspect : *Lights fade*
Do they like me...?
Theme: mental illness - evoke thoughts on the issue of mental illness in society - evoke feelings of sympathy in audience towards Vinod as people tend to ignore him.
(Narrator) : Saloma looked at the audience and looked a little faint.
They rather look at us than themselves.
' chicken rice' 'yishun' - set local context - more relatable things that every singaporean can do, hence this potrays vinod's frustration towards the audience more effectively. It also evokes sympathy within audience as it hits close to home. The audience feels bad for Vinod as these ae things that they do daily, but Vinod gets ridiculed for it because of his mental illness.
ACT 1 SCENE 1
I saw you looking at me. You like my singing is it?
- sets Vinod's personality. Insecure, self-consious. Plans his jokes ahead of time and "Do they like me?"- cares about the impression (likeable, humorous) he sets on the audience.
- Saloma's personality: scared of crowds? does not like to be in the spotlight/does not like to be in the centre of attention Vinod's words : makes the audience puzzle over - hidden meaning? Society/people are always the ones to immediately judge others and point out their flaws however,they judge people before they judge themselves.
- The use of local language (singlish) brings the subject more closer to home and highlights the fact that the mentally ill are amongst us here in Singapore and are no different.