This April, in their 9th theatrical production and the final work in their Artist Residency at the Malay Heritage Centre, Hatch Theatrics presents Lanang.

Literally translating to ‘boy’, Lanang was first written by Hatch Theatrics member Hafidz Abdul Rahman as part of Theatreworks’ 24-Hour Playwriting Competition held at the Malay Heritage Centre in 2014, and cinched joint-second prize at the Open category (there was no first prize that year). In Lanang, we follow the life of Habsah, who encounters the twin misfortunes of both death and divorce in a single year. Bereft of both a husband and mother, she falls into loneliness and paranoia, while her son Adi struggles to communicate with her and keep the family together.

A poignant story of relationships, Lanang will be directed by Hatch Artistic Director Faizal Abdullah, and will star Life! Theatre Award nominated Dalifah Shahril, Nurijah Sahat and Muhammad Muazzam Amanah (Zam). Watch and explore the familial bonds between a teenage boy, his divorced mother and her mother, where sometimes, it takes the death of a family member to realise and cherish the family you do still have.

Lanang plays at the Malay Heritage Centre from 5th – 7th April in Javanese and Malay with English surtitles. Tickets available from Hatch’s website

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