Preview: The Bee by Theatresauce (Kuala Lumpur)
KUALA LUMPUR: Theatresauce is one of the fastest rising urban collectives in Malaysia. Fresh from a highly acclaimed, sold out run of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis last year, the company returns to the klpac once again to perform a macabre, psychological thriller as the final show of their 2017/18 season.
Inspired by surrealist Japanese writer Yatsutaka Tsusui’s short story Mushiriai (roughly translating to ‘plucking at each other’), Japanese and English playwrights Hideki Noda and Colin Teevan have joined forces to adapt it into The Bee. Directed by Theatresauce founder and Artistic Director Kelvin Wong, The Bee follows salaryman Ido, who comes home from work one day to find his home barricaded and his wife and son held hostage by an escapee from a nearby prison. With the police shrugging apathetically and the media hounding him, Ido is left with no choice but to embark on his own grisly journey of revenge.
First performed in London’s Soho Theatre in 2006, this Malaysian premiere features a strong ensemble consisting of Amanda Ang, Jonathan Chew, Razif Hashim, Jad Hidhir, Alfred Loh, Veshalini Naidu, Bella Rahim and Nabil Zakaria. As pressures rise and society fails Ido, Theatresauce dives deep into the violence and absurdity of a post 9/11 world. Expect an edgy narrative with unforgettable characters and plenty of plot twists that consistently toe the line between comedy and horror, as Theatresauce presents their final text-based work before moving towards devise theatre in the coming season.
The Bee plays at klpac till 11th February. Tickets available from Ticketpro