Shashi Kapoor

A recent obituary of the Indian actor Shashi Kapoor brought back memories of my first exposure to two plays in the late 1950s.  A traveling repertory company from India  performed two plays in my school, Sacred hear School in Hong Kong. It was founded by English expatriates in India. Now I know that the founder was the father of the English actress Felicity Kendal. If I remember correctly, one play was a Shakespeare play and the other was by Oscar Wilde. I can’t remember which. I was enthralled by the performances.  I already enjoyed Cantonese operas. It was at those performances that my love for the performance arts took a firmer hold.

A movie, Shakespeare Wallah from Merchant Ivory Productions told the story of a repertory company like the one that came to Hong Kong. It starred Shahi Kapoor and Felicity Kendall. I saw it in the U.S. in the 1960s and enjoyed it very much.

Nowadays, I go to musicals more than plays. I’ve been trying to instill a love of the performing arts, dance, musicals, concerts(not rock) to my now 15 year-old twins grandchildren.

It’s too bad that in general, tickets are astronomically expensive.  Live performances are not available to most children.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Connie Louie
    Jan 06, 2018 @ 19:32:31

    I remember those plays too. However, I never enjoyed them. I did not understand what those plays were about and could not follow the stories. Perhaps if the teachers had told us more about Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, I might have enjoyed them more. I caught up with those stories and plays when I was a stay-at-home mom. The neighborhood library in Toronto was my favorite place to go with the kids.


  2. fannywrites
    Jan 06, 2018 @ 20:36:29

    I’m glad someone else remember the plays. I was hoping for your comments, you’re the only classmate who looks at my blog. Thanks.
    I don’t think I understood the plays completely either. In another life, I might have wanted to be an actress. Somehow, the nun”Horse Face” picked me to play St. Bernadette, the lead role.You were in the play too. I have a photo with you, Lila and I in a scene.


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