She may be away in Goldsmiths pursuing an MFA, but playwright Nabilah Said will be having her newest Malay work presented this December by Teater Ekamatra. Titled Angkat, the play was co-written by Nabilah and director Irfan Kasban, as well as the cast of Angkat.
Angkat follows Salma, a National Idol hopeful, who is asked to alter her image so as to appeal to the masses. As compromises are made, she starts to question her identity, creating a clash between her roots and her upbringing as an adopted child.
Salma and her adoptive Khadijah are made to face the consequences of their actions in the past, present and inevitable future. Will the forces of fate and nature tear them apart or bring them closer together?
Starring some of Malay theatre’s best and brightest, including Erwin Shah Ismail, Faizal Abdullah, Farez Najid, Norsiah Ramly and Sahirrah Safit, and directed by Irfan Kasban, Angkat is sure to be a thought provoking and powerful piece to end off the calendar year with.
Angkat plays at the Malay Heritage Centre from 20th – 23rd December. Tickets available from Teater Ekamatra