During my stay in Sweden so far, I have been encountering novel revelations day in day out. Every new morning has brought with itself something new to learn from; about scheduling my day, about Swedish traditions, customs and way of life and every experience has added a little to my little treasure chest of knowledge.
So last week when I got a chance to attend Chalmers Spexet, I wasted no time in saying yes and taking the opportunity with both hands. For those who do not know, Spexet is a theatrical comic music show with a refreshing blend of songs, dances and performances. Usually it narrates the tale of a historic event or a historic person and demonstrates a customized version of the story, something that you will not find in the books. They are conducted in a very professional manner, and are performed bunch of very talented and gifted individuals. There are two Spexet at Chalmers; Vera Spexet and Bob spexet. Chalmers Spexet was founded in 1948, and as recently as in 2003 it was made in to two; Vera Spexet is done only by female actors.
I have had the good fortune of watching a performance each of both Vera and Bob Spexet. The first time, I went to see a show called Herkules, that was made by Bob Spexet. As the name suggests the central figure was the ancient Greek character Hercules but the tale was given some innovative twists to make it more catchy and funny. The other show that I saw last week was Jeanne d’Arc, a story based on the fight for political superiority in a kingdom. Both shows ran over 2 hours. Every member of the audience got a chance to go back stage during the break to enjoy a shot of punch with the cast, and pass a few words of encouragement and appreciation to them. It was surprising to see the performers from close up, because it was then that I realised how much make up the had to put on, to pull off the complete feel and appearance of their characters. All of them did an outstanding job and deserved every inch of applause that they got after the show.
Although the performances are in Swedish, I would encourage all new international students to definitely attend at least one Spexet during their stay at Chalmers. It is a whole new variety of theater that you would not counter often otherwise!