‘Sweet And Hot’ by The Playhouse Theatre at The Playhouse Theatre, Changi Gaol (Jan 1945)


Sweet & Hot
Note: Three of these actors / musicians and images can be located at ‘caricatures & portraits’, namely Gil Mitchell, Wray Gibson and Henri Ecoma. Gil Mitchell played a violin solo accompanied by Wray Gibson, who also played an ‘accordeon duet’  with ‘Dutchy’ Holland

“In Changi we slept in a courtyard at the end of which stood a huge building forty feet high which was a stage with a wide proscenium: a courtyard whose space was mostly taken up by seats in the open air made out of coco-nut trees split down their centre and placed flat side upwards. This courtyard was Changi’s theatre – the Playhouse, as it was called.”
“Ronald Searle,& other artists, designed and carried out the sets – décor, I believe, is the word – for many of the Playhouse shows, which ranged from Coward to pantomime and which in quality and production could easily have taken their place in any of London’s West End theatres.”
Source: The Naked Island by Russell Braddon; 1955 edition Pan Books Ltd, Pg 255 – 256