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CURRENT SEASON (2017-18)




ANGKAT
(as part of the Ekamatra's Artist Residency Program)




‘Angkat’ tells a story of the lives of a mother and her adopted daughter who was once separated and then inextricably intertwined. Both personal and political, this play re-imagines myth and history in light of feminism, racial and social structures and ideas of nationhood. Angkat comes from the term “anak angkat” which means “adopted child”, or “mak angkat” which means “foster mother”. Angkat also translates to “carry”, in the sense of to “uplift”. It can also mean to “take away”.  

Performed in Malay with English surtitles.

Cast
Erwin Shah Ismail
Faizal Abdullah
Farez Najid
Norsiah Ramly
Sahirrah Safit

Artistic Team
Director / Lighting & Set Designer: Irfan Kasban
Sound Designer: Tini Aliman 
Collateral Designer: Akbar Syadiq

Details

20-23 December 2017 - 8pm
23 & 24 December 2017 - 3pm
(Sat & Sun matinee)

Standard Price - $20 - Free Seating

Doors Open at 7.45pm
2.45pm for matinee shows
Estimated show duration: 90mins

Malay Heritage Centre Auditorium
85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501


For enquiries on the show, please contact general@ekamatra.org.sg
For ticketing enquiries, please contact tix@ekamatra.org.sg







MAIN2
(AS PART OF PESTA RAYA 2017)




The lives of six pained characters are interwoven together, each checkered by cycles of abuse—physical, emotional and psychological—and rocked by violence, self-inflicted and otherwise. This includes sobering episodes of incest, domestic abuse, lifelong drug abuse and sexual violence. Underlying this is a deep, simple yearning for happiness and love that they share.

Main² was commissioned by Esplanade for the very first Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts in 2002, and was the first Malay language play to be staged at the arts centre. Written by Aidli ‘Alin’ Mosbit, it is a warts-and-all portrayal of the Malay community and its social strata, framed by the concept of main, literally meaning “the games we play”.

This new staging is directed by Aidli ‘Alin’ Mosbit, and features a new cast made up of Al-Matin Yatim, Farez Najid, Farhana M Noor, Hatta Said, Munah Bagharib and Suhaili Safari. Bear witness as each character find themselves in “transit” after lifelong games of chasing happiness.

Dates & Times:

20 – 23 July 2017
Thursday – Sunday

Thur – Sun: 8pm
Sat – Sun: 3pm

Duration: 1hr 40mins (No Intermission)

Venue: Esplanade Theatre Studio

Performed in Malay with English Subtitles.
Contains some mature content. Recommended for 16 years and above.








HOPE (HARAP)
(AS PART OF ESPLANADE PRESENTS: THE STUDIOS)




“A badly decomposed corpse was found floating on Singapore River early this morning…”

Hope, the root word of “hoping”, “hopeful”, “hopefulness”, and the like; a word that serves as the thrust for the condition, the needs, the wants of each and every human being.

A father, a mother, to a daughter; and two friends. Human beings, each one of them. Desperate, dejected, whose fates remain undecided, whose dreams remain unrealised, and whose ambitions remain undefined, only because deep in their hearts, the seeds of hope were sown.

Probably, without hope, without hoping, without being hopeful, their lives would be untainted, unscathed, undamaged, and not naked; devoured to the skeletal frames of their existence.

First produced in 1994, this version of Haresh Sharma’s Hope is adapted into Malay by Zulfadli Rashid. Hope (Harap) is directed by Mohd Fared Jainal and features a stellar cast which includes Sani Hussin, Siti Hajar Abd Gani, Fir Rahman, Hirzi Zulkiflie and Nur Zakiah Bte Mohd Fared.

Dates & Times:

6 – 9 Apr 2017
Thu – Sun

Thu – Sat: 8pm
Sat – Sun: 3pm

Duration: 1hr 30mins (no intermission)

Venue: Esplanade Theatre Studio










2016




GRC (GENG REBUT CABINET)
(AS PART OF SINGAPORE THEATRE FESTIVAL 2016)




A political party is fielding its candidates in a five-member Group Representation Constituency. Among them are a Minister, an army Brigadier General, a high-flying lawyer and a grassroots organiser. But their team is not complete without a minority candidate. This candidate has to be likeable. He or she has to be a respected member of the community. And most importantly, he or she has to be…Chinese.

Teater Ekamatra is proud to present ‘GRC’, a brand new play written by celebrated playwright Alfian Sa'at, directed by Mohd Fared Jainal. The play examines what it means to be a minority in a topsy-turvy farcical world where the disempowered are now empowered, where the invisible now have their faces plastered everywhere—especially during campaign season. Who defines whether someone is a member of a minority? Who sets the standards for a 'model minority' and a 'problem minority'? And are some countries ready for a minority Prime Minister?

GRC is performed in Malay and English with English surtitles.

Venue: Flexible Performance Space, LASALLE College of the Arts
Dates: 14 July – 24 July 2016
Playwright: Alfian Sa’at
Director: Mohd Fared Jainal
Cast: Serene Chen, Farah Ong, Dalifah Shahril, Fir Rahman, and Khairudin Samsudin










HUTANG BELANTARA





A play on the word from the Malay phrase “hutan” which means “forest”, Hutang Belantara –The Expansive Debt is a multi-disciplinary mono-drama centred around a seed of discord, owning and owing, and the fallen.

This Staging is part of the public programme of Amar Kanwar: The Sovereign Forest and the festivities of Gillman Barracks 4th Anniversary Celebrations - Art After Dark & Art Day Out!






PROJEK SUITCASE 2016




In 2003, Teater Ekamatra created a project with a poor theatre format involving one actor and one suitcase in a performance space. The idea was to show how a play could be effective with minimal setup, allowing actors to captivate the audience simply through storytelling, marrying words with motion.

This year's installation of PROJEK SUITCASE will see 21 established artists from the industry presenting eight, 20-minute plays, based on the theme, Excavation. Equipped with only their suitcases, the storytellers will spin their tales on the grounds of Malay Heritage Centre and dare us to follow them on their journeys, excavating forgotten pasts and alternative histories.

All 8 plays will be showing every night, 2 plays at a time, from 30 Sep - 4 Oct. This means, on any given night, an audience member will be able to catch a maximum of 4 plays. Thus, we also have a 2-day pass for audience members who would like to catch all 8 monologues!

Projek Suitcase will be presented in Malay. Booklets with English surtitles will be provided.










2015




GRC (GENG REBUT CABINET)




A political party is fielding its candidates in a five-member Group Representation Constituency. Among them are a Minister, an army Brigadier General, a high-flying lawyer and a grassroots organiser. But their team is not complete without a minority candidate. This candidate has to be likeable. He or she has to be a respected member of the community. And most importantly, he or she has to be…Chinese.

Teater Ekamatra is proud to present ‘GRC’, a brand new play written by celebrated playwright Alfian Sa'at, directed by Mohd Fared Jainal. The play examines what it means to be a minority in a topsy-turvy farcical world where the disempowered are now empowered, where the invisible now have their faces plastered everywhere—especially during campaign season. Who defines whether someone is a member of a minority? Who sets the standards for a 'model minority' and a 'problem minority'? And are some countries ready for a minority Prime Minister?

GRC is performed in Malay and English with English surtitles.

Venue: Flexible Performance Space, LASALLE College of the Arts
Dates: 9-13 December 2015
Playwright: Alfian Sa’at
Director: Mohd Fared Jainal
Cast: Neo Swee Lin, Farah Ong, Dalifah Shahril, Fir Rahman, and Khairudin Samsudin








PROJEK SUITCASE 2015




In 2003, Teater Ekamatra created a project with a poor theatre format involving one actor and one suitcase in a performance space. The idea was to show how a play could be effective with minimal setup, allowing actors to captivate the audience simply through storytelling, marrying words with motion.

This year's installation of PROJEK SUITCASE will see 21 established artists from the industry presenting eight, 20-minute plays, based on the theme, Excavation. Equipped with only their suitcases, the storytellers will spin their tales on the grounds of Malay Heritage Centre and dare us to follow them on their journeys, excavating forgotten pasts and alternative histories.

All 8 plays will be showing every night, 2 plays at a time, from 30 Sep - 4 Oct. This means, on any given night, an audience member will be able to catch a maximum of 4 plays. Thus, we also have a 2-day pass for audience members who would like to catch all 8 monologues!

Projek Suitcase will be presented in Malay. Booklets with English surtitles will be provided.








5IVE




5IVE is the graduation showcase for the first cohort of Teater Ekamatra's Playwright-Director Mentorship Programme (PDMP), the anticipated follow-up to 1234 staged last February. The showcase presents a double bill of plays by Hazwan Norly and Nabilah Said, accompanied by set design by Moses Tan. During the course of the programme, these young artists have received guidance from theatre veterans such as Zizi Azah, Irfan Kasban, Mohd Fared Jainal, and Alfian Sa’at, and hope to forge their own paths in the industry in the future.










2014








PARADISE




In the city of Kesamet, all of life's quibbles have been solved. Energy, food and water are 100% recyclable. Happiness is found in a pill, tears are non-existent. People get to choose everything, even death. Dan works in an Orgone factory by day and dreams kaleidoscopic dreams by night. Drifting in satiated time, he tells his only friend Talulah he's ready to die. By chance, he meets Mag and in her blind eyes sees a haunting paradise. One that will bring him deep into the past, uproot his present and fracture the future.

Written by Zizi Azah Abdul Majid and directed by Rizman Putra, PARADISE features an enigmatic cast comprising of Ang Hui Bin, Eugene Tan, Crispian Chan, Jean Toh Ting Yi and Maimunah Bagharib.
Sound design by Zul Mahmod, Lighting Design by Andy Lim, Costume Design by Eugene Tan, Video Design by Eric Lee, Set Design by Neon Tights, Graphic Design by Mohd Fared Jainal and Make-Up by Haslina Ismail.

PARADISE will be showing at the Drama Centre Black Box on 4 - 7 December 2014. Tickets are available on SISTIC.








THE WASTELAND




THE WASTELAND by MEREKA

SYNOPSIS
What is the meaning of life?
We live. We lie. We die. We who are at a constant state of war, never fail to hope for peace: “Shantih Shantih Shantih” we cried. We look for answers. We move forward in circles. We take sides in chaos. We remember what we want. We find comfort in banality. We give. We sympathise. We control.
We are the waste land…

BRIEF
The Wasteland is set to be an immersive multi-disciplinary piece inspired by T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land – considered ‘one of the most important modernist poems of the 20th century’.

11 members of Teater Ekamatra’s youth incubation wing MEREKA seek to transform GREYMATTER with curated installations as part of their graduation performance.

Date: 18th (Sat) & 19th (Sun) OCTOBER 2014
Venue: GREYMATTER, 28 ALIWAL STREET, #02-10 S (199918)








NO SUBSTANCE




25-PIECE GLASS ORCHESTRA INSPIRED BY “MANUFACTURED CITY”

Zul Mahmod’s “No Substance” Showcase Inaugurates Teater Ekamatra Residency

Laboratory glassware mounted on copper pipes will take pride of place at renowned sound artist Zul Mahmod’s upcoming exhibition NO SUBSTANCE. The installation, held in Teater Ekamatra’s Greymatter Studio at Aliwal Arts Centre, is a continuation of Zul’s first-phase exhibition at Yeo Workshop in Gillman Barracks earlier this year.

From just five pieces in Phase One, Zul has expanded his exhibition to a 25-piece orchestra capable of playing 127 different notes. So far, he has written eight compositions for the musical sculpture, which will be performed while the works are on display.

The inspiration for NO SUBSTANCE, Zul says, came from the urban landscape of “developing cities,” which he describes as resembling “infrastructure without a soul.” He envisions NO SUBSTANCE as a meditation on the place of the human element in the big city. “The infrastructure, who is it for, really?” he asks. “Is it for us or for the economy? I mean, you need both, but there has to be a balance.”

The materials Zul employs in NO SUBSTANCE point to his preoccupation with the theme of “a manufactured city” devoid of people or soul. “In terms of the sound pieces, it’s empty, it’s just glass,” he says. “There’s no tone or melody to this piece.” Similarly, he eschewed the mass-produced wooden stools he used as display-stands in the earlier iteration of NO SUBSTANCE, favouring instead stands that he made himself with copper pipes of various dimensions. Although this required more time and effort, he finds himself satisfied by the liberty of transcending the limitations of mass-produced supplies.

As an innovative sound artist known for his bold design choices, Zul is ambitious about future possibilities for the next incarnation of NO SUBSTANCE, such as having the sound-pieces triggered by a dancer’s movements or controlled remotely by an iPad. “Usually, when it comes to theatre, you have the script, directions, then you come up with the set and the sound,” Zul explains. His method, on the other hand, reverses this process and calls attention to the technical nature of theatre practice.

NO SUBSTANCE is the inaugural showcase of Teater Ekamatra’s new two-month artist residency programme, which the company’s artistic director Fared Jainal believes will “expand its theatrical vocabulary” by incorporating new multimedia forms and disciplines. The exhibition will run from 28 to 30 August 2014, at 28 Aliwal Street, #02-10. The studio space will be open to the public from noon to 7pm, followed by a presentation with Zul at 8pm each evening.








A BEAUTIFUL CHANCE ENCOUNTER OF A SEWING MACHINE AND AN UMBRELLA ON AN OPERATING TABLE




“the systematic exploitation of two or more intrinsically incompatible realities on a surface which is manifestly inappropriate for the purpose and the spark of poetry which leaps across the gap as these two realities are brought together.”
Max Ernst

A site-specific performance art installation by Irfan Kasban
Featuring:
Farah Ong
Hanz Moniefiero Medina
Lynn Yang
Nabilah Said
Nur Khairina
Rohana Akhbar
Ruby Jayaseelan
Tan Jia Yee
Vignesh Singh

& Sound Designer Zul Mahmod.

27-29 March 2014
2000hrs
at the open field across Golden Landmark, Stamford Primary, Queen Street Bus Terminal, Rochor Centre & Raffles Hospital.










2013





KAKAK KAU PUNYA LAKI




Four of the Selamat sisters are modern and successful: the wife of a prominent banker, a Maths teacher, a housing agent and a stewardess.

Their eldest sister, Mas, is something else altogether. She is superstitious, old-fashioned, and smells like damp clothes. She sells curry puffs in front of MRT stations and collects magazines filled with stories of mystery illnesses, pontianak sightings and magic stones.

One day, Maslindah announces to her sisters that she has finally fallen in love. Her sisters are intrigued and alarmed, since they are convinced that Maslindah would remain a spinster forever. As they try to discover more about Maslindah’s mysterious boyfriend, they are forced to confront their own prejudices towards Maslindah.

‘Kakak Kau Punya Laki’ is a play that raises questions about black sheep, outcasts and sociopaths. What exactly is the dividing line between normalcy and deviance? Who ultimately decides where to draw that line?

And how do you solve a problem like Mas Binte Selamat?

Written by Alfian Sa'at
Directed by Mohd Fared Jainal

Cast
Noorlinah Mohamed
Mastura Ahmad
Farah Ong
Maimunah Bagharib
Muhammad Najib Soiman

performed in Malay with English Surtitles.

18-21 December 2013 - 8pm
21 & 22 December 2013 - 3pm (Sat & Sun matinee)

Esplanade Theatre Studio.








94:05




94:05, a monologue, invites the audience to the life and memories of Ahmad bin Abdullah, who struggles with his health, where death appears to be more imminent with each passing day.

He recites Surah 94 – Relief, focusing on 94:05 “So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief”, and shares stories of the Prophet Muhammad from memory, to ease himself, and maybe
even find a reason to want to continue to live.

First staged in M1 Fringe Festival 2012 as part of Irfan Kasban's trilogy, Hantaran Buat Mangsa Lupa, with Sani Hussin as Ahmad.

This is Mohd Fared Jainal's first performance in a monologue after such illustrious years of being in theatre.

94:05 recently premiered in Malaysia at the KakiSeni Festival 2013 in Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.








TAHAN




To be above the Law would be to be above the Angels

written and directed by IRFAN KASBAN
starring ANDY YEW, FAIZAL ABDULLAH, FARAH ONG, FAREZ NAJID,
ISABELLA CHIAM, RIZMAN PUTRA & TAN SHOU CHEN
featuring BANI HAYKAL & ZIZI AZAH

Adil, whose name in Malay stands for ‘fair’ or ‘just’, turns 18, and receives a letter to serve his country. He is posted as a law-enforcer, where after months of training,he meets a team of men, and women, who live to serve and protect. Adil notices their resemblance to Angels, who are believed to carry no emotions, no desires, only a medium in administration.

Not prepared for the ‘real world’ of law-enforcement, Adil finds himself learning and re-learning several ideologies and skills while carrying out his duties. All his preconceived notions were debunked as he finds truth behind faces of ‘faceless’ men and women who make a living by being fair and just.

Tahan follows Adil’s journey to the discovery of the life of angels in prominent disguises, and the discovery of himself, in a land where no man is above the law.

Performed in English with some Malay, Mandarin & Hokkien.

DATE & TIME
21-23 February ( Thurs - Sat ), 8 pm
23 February ( Sat ), 3pm










2012





NOT COUNTED




One hostage. One perpetrator.
Two victims.

Written and directed by ZIZI AZAH
Starring GERALD CHEW & NAJIB SOIMAN

Benjamin Lik drives a BMW 7 series coupe, lives in a 3-floored bungalow in Upper Thomson, has a private shower in his office.
Muhammad Ashraf drives a yellow Hyundai Sonata, lives in a maisonette that is about to be repossessed, has two estranged daughters and an absent son.

Two men who live in completely different worlds, cross paths only when Ashraf storms Benjamin’s office one afternoon. Barricading the door, he demands a job in Benjamin’s company. With no means to escape, Benjamin is forced to confront truths that hide under the guise of meritocracy.

Teater Ekamatra is proud to present Not Counted, part of our Main Season 2012-2013. Not Counted explores how the growth of a nation can make or break a man.

Not Counted will receive its world premier in China as part of Singapore's representation at Journey, a festival-cultural exchange
platform hosted by Penghao Theatre. It will be held from 10 to 16 December in Beijing, China. This is done in partnership with Drama Box. The play will then return to Singapore and be staged at Drama Centre Black Box.


DATE & TIME
20-22 December (Thurs - Sat), 8 pm
22 & 23 December (Sat & Sun), 3 pm
 8 pm
23 February ( Sat ), 3pm








THIS PLACEMENT




"A city is never complete…

No space to run, no place to hide. No. No. No.
No memories to hold, no memories to be told.

No eye to eye. No heart to heart. No fires. No one.
Nobody. Nobody. Nobody. Nobody really here.

Just songs of migrating birds passing by.
Just symphonies of metal, concrete and glass.
Just echoes of silent discontent.

This content, displaced."



This Placement is a site-specific work, which brings artists and
audiences together to examine and explore the architecture of home.

Gathering inspiration from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities and Kuo Pao Kun’s
Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral, it discovers that for a city to remain a home,
one has to travel away, to reinforce its ideals, making the idea of home even more vivid.

With the charismatic Former Geylang Fire Station as the point of confluence,
artists and audience will create a micro-city to explore their displacement
through collaborative work, promising to redefine the theatrical experience.

This Placement is proud to be part of Kuo Pao Kun Festival 2012.

Featuring: 
 
Alexandre Thio, Daphne Ong, Ellison Tan, Eleanor Tan, Farah Ong, Isabella Chiam, Izzaty Ishak, Nabilah Said, Moses Tan, Rachel Poh, Ruzaini Rashid, Sharon Frese, Safia Hanifah, Yanni Sumarno & Yuhui Ng.

Conceived and directed by:
Irfan Kasban

Performances will be on 27-29th September 2012, 8pm- 9.30pm,
at 29 Paya Lebar Road, Former Geylang Fire Station.








MENTAH




MENTAH features 4 new works by the participants of our Playwriting Mentorship Programme (PMG). Participants have been under the guidance of Teater Ekamatra’s Artistic Director, Zizi Azah Abdul Majid during the PMG, held weekly since December 2011.

In the spirit of 'Art Inspiring Art' works from this showcase were inspired by a trip to the museum where several notable paintings became stimulus to developing their work.

MENTAH

16 & 17 March 2012 8pm
17 March 2012 3pm
The Substation Theatre








HANTARAN BUAT MANGSA LUPA




Hantaran Buat Mangsa Lupa is a trilogy of plays inspired by the three main events leading to the establishment of Islam. Paired with the severely poetic nature of the Malay language, Hantaran offers a dimension that faith excludes and questions. The first two plays – Genap 40 and W.C. – were previously staged to small audiences, and this presentation marks the completion of the trilogy with the premiere of 94:05 alongside the other two.

 

THURSDAY 16 - SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2012, 8PM
SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY, 3PM








BLEEDING GRACE




Bleeding Grace is the story of two pedestrian lives. They meet, they laugh, they make a promise. She has a child, he begins to question what he wants. They take opposite sides, they cry, they break promises. A child dies, life becomes a void. In the horror of disillusion and the sorrow of death, how does life carry on?

An exploration of the abject pain of mediocrity through poetry, physical theatre, installation art and sonic art, Bleeding Grace is a multidisciplinary collaboration between acclaimed local artists Fared Jainal (Co-creator and Director), Zizi Azah (Co-creator and Playwright), Angie Seah (Visual Instillation Artist) and Bani Haykal (Sound Engineer), starring theatre stalwarts Eleanor Tan and Fita Helmi.

Performed in English and some Malay with English surtitles.










2011





MATA HATI




Written by Robin Loon
Directed by Zizi Azah Abdul Majid

Synopsis

Former High-flying Malay minister agrees to give a rare interview to a post-graduate student for her research. As the interview progresses, the former minister resurrects ghosts from his past.

What did he do? Why did he do it? What happened before and after?

Set in a world of political expediency, intrigue & compromise, Mata Hati explores the idea of the tragic hero: his flaws, his loves, his humanity.

Cast

Johari Aziz
Isabella Chiam
Anwar Hadi Ramli
Eleanor Tan
Shaza Ishak
Tan Shou Chen

Dates

15-17 December 2011, 8pm
17 December 2011, 3pm








ANGOTTA 2000




“Homage to Malay Occupations – Success & Successors”

From mid-wife to circumciser, from teacher to undertaker,
Anggota 2000, curated by Irfan Kasban, is a graduation show
from the participants of our youth programme, MEREKA.

The festival involves various multidisciplinary works revolving around the title theme. This year, the theme instigates the participants to rediscover a part of the Malay culture that has been given very little attention. Before these ‘Malay’ occupations completely dissipate into oblivion, we pay our respects and rediscover them in a brand new light.

Come join the participants as they explore the realm of 'exclusively Malay' occupations through a site-specific performance that boasts little/no electricity. Anggota 2000 showcases 12 short plays and installations written and directed by our very own MEREKA youths.

ZARA by Ruzaini Rashid

PERUT by Noor Izzaty Ishak

ROTAN MAK GURU by Fadhuli Fauzi

GORENG PISANG by Nabilah Said

ORANG PUTIH by Asyikin Mohd Nasir

MERIAH by Khalid Supandi

STRANGERS by Tan Qian Yi

ALAHAI ANDAM by Nabila Talib

SIAP SEDIA by Hamaiza Kasban

NENEK by Hazwan Norly

SUMBANG by Tini Aliman

MEREKA DATANG DAN PERGI by Alhafiz Sanusi, Ezzat Alkaff & Habibah Mohckeram.


Performed in Malay
with English scene breakdowns.

29th July, 8pm
30th July, 3pm & 8pm








PARIAH




After critically acclaimed 'Nadirah' which won best script in Life! Theatre Awards 2010, Alfian Sa'at returns with... 'Pariah'
the second installation of Alfian's tribute to the late Yasmin Ahmad.

Synopsis

Melur is a Form 5 student studying in Kuala Lumpur. When she hangs out with her friends, Hafiz, Mahesh and Kahoe, they look like the poster children of 1Malaysia, a slogan celebrating multiracialism and nationhood.

One day, Melur discovers that a page from a novel that was lying around in her room has been torn out. The trouble is that the novel belongs to her schoolteacher mother, who uses it as a literature text. Investigating further, Melur realizes that the page that has been torn out contains the word ‘pariah’, deemed controversial by the Indian community.

The only suspects are the three boys, who had visited Melur’s house during the school holidays. As they begin to read it, however, the four students start to question some of the histories presented in the book, histories that they are supposed to claim as their own.

Who are the indigenes and who are the immigrants? Is there a grain of truth in even the most repellent stereotype? What power does a word have to shape reality? And is a civic nationalism possible in any society obsessed with race?

Inspired by Yasmin Ahmad’s final film, ‘Talentime’, as well as Abdullah Hussain’s novel, ‘Interlok’, Pariah is a timely exploration of how identities are contested in a young, pluralistic nation. Funny, provocative and moving, Pariah asks urgent questions about love, home and belonging.

Written by ALFIAN SA'AT
Directed by JO KUKATHAS

Featuring an all Malaysian Cast

Farah Rani
Gregory Sze
Iedil Putra Alaudin
Mervyn Raj

Performed in Malay with English Surtitles.
Presented by Teater Ekamatra with support from Instant Cafe Theatre.

23-25 June 2011, 8pm
25 June 2011, 3pm








BERSENDALOKA




Bersendaloka is colloquial Malay for ‘coming together to share’.
A triple-bill of plays written and directed by young emerging theatre enthusiasts who'd like to share their stories.

Featuring three different theatre disciplines, and voices of Malay Theatre, Bersendaloka promises to engage and excite theatre-goers of all ages.

Potret by Agnes Christina

Potret tells a story about a sister and her brother who try to construct their father’s image through a series of photograph found in their father’s suitcase.

Each photograph tells a story. But do these stories explain who this father is? Photographs fade, but memories don’t, do they?

Potret features engaging visuals in the form of multimedia as a backdrop in this intimate two actor play. Potret is about finding truth.

Performed by: Nina Mareta Kosasih & Clement Dian Perdana Darmawan



Singgah Sana by MEREKA

Awan knows not the burden of his presence, for his mother who adopted him, tells him nothing of his father's legacy. She instead urges him to spread his wings and leave the island, Singgah Sana, as soon as he reaches adulthood.

Awan notices that the community grows restless as an impending danger comes closer. His hunger swells beyond comprehension, and he sets out to find his true self. Singgah Sana is a play about finding self within community

Performed by the MEREKA 13-actor ensemble



W.C. by Irfan Kasban

Two men in a toilet cubicle. They talk, not a alot. They touch, not too much. Seemingly, only the four partitions bear witness to their awkward dispositions. They struggle to find comfort, space and invisible walls to transcend.

W.C., a piece about finding comfort, features a stella cast sharing an awkward unchartered space. Toying with the versatility of the Malay language, W.C. promises to excite the senses.

Performed by Rafaat Haji Hamzah & Hatta Said



Performed in Bahasa & Malay with English Surtitles.