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A Swapped Romance: LSE Thai Night

By Anjida Sripongworakul

Thursday 16 March 2017 Student journalists

What happens when an angel decides to play matchmaker and ends up switching bodies of two soulmates? Find out on LSE Thai Night.

A production by the Thai Society, “Swap Pap” the play tells the story of Gunn, LSE's handsome star basketball player, and Irin, an independent, studious LSE student.

Two parallel lives end up crossing when an angel switches their bodies. It's up to two strangers, actually predetermined soul mates, to adjust to living each other's lives. There would be troubles with Kunn’s reserved girlfriend, Risa, and Irin’s best friend, Prim, who has been crushing on Gunn’s friend, Win, another basketball player vying for Irin’s affections. Join Gunn and Irin on their comedic romance to navigate love and friendship through another person's eyes.

The cast and crew have been preparing the production since the beginning of the academic year. The play’s “body-swap” storyline was inspired by the critically acclaimed Japanese anime, Kimi no nawa Your Name” directed by Makoto Shinkai, here adapted in the context of LSE students’ lives. Though not as fantastical, the play contrasts Gunn’s and Irin’s lives, their awkward interactions with close friends, and surprising discoveries that love was not what they initially thought would be.

The play marks the cast’s stage debut, a group of LSE Thai students from various programs, both undergraduates and postgraduates, working together to bring the production team’s vision of a lighthearted romantic comedy to reality.

I am assisting in producing, directing, and scripting the play, and cannot be more excited and proud of the dedicated cast and crew I have been working with. It has truly been an enriching experience. Coordinating and sketching out scenes from script to stage has not always been easy, but each practice  and writing session is a learning opportunity. The cast and crew have responded with great enthusiasm and energy, and I cannot wait for the audience to meet the fully fleshed out characters we have breathed life into.

We hope you will enjoy the hour and a half of accidental romance and unexpected confessions, that the characters and their misadventures would light up your evening.

LSE Thai Night is ready, and you’re cordially invited!

The play is scheduled for this coming Saturday, 18 March at LSE Old Theatre, Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE. Snacks are provided at 6pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are £15. All are welcome. Tickets may be bought by contacting respective university representatives (LSE, KCL, Imperial College, UCL).

Anjida Sri

I'm a Management Science (Decision Science Stream) Master's candidate at London School of Economics and Political Science. Originally from Thailand, I'm as passionate about the science, psychology, and statistics behind decision making as I am about film and writing. I enjoy opportunities to combine my passions in reviewing, discussing, and analysing films. My major influences include the New Yorker's James Wood, classic Russian literature, and Richard Siken's poetry. I've written film reviews, celebrity profiles, and news and technology coverage for my undergraduate engineering newspaper, the University of Waterloo's Iron Warrior. I'm also a guest blogger and Student Blog Editor for LSE's Department of Management. I believe pop culture, current affairs, and critical, world-changing ideas are integral to student lifestyle, and I'm committed to representing students' reality outside the classroom to society and the world. I hope to continue investigating this theme through NUS' platform for student voices.