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Preview: A Clockwork Orange by Teater Ekamatra

 

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In a city filled with often-broken promises,
I am your good narrator, brother.
Now, help yourself.
As I
warble,
and you
peet.
A dash of blood
and
a little keroncong.
Alas
there will be
no hollow
after our hearts
grow stale
of crying.

Gathering some of the best talents in local theatre today, Teater Ekamatra is set to stun with a brand new, Malay language adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s 1962 cult classic, A Clockwork Orange, made famous by the Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film adaptation.

Playing at the Esplanade Theatre Studio this September, A Clockwork Orange will be directed by Noor Effendy Ibrahim (who helmed our 2018 play of the year) and adapted by Zulfadli Rashid (who penned our 2018 musical of the year). Taking place in a repressive, totalitarian state where ordinary citizens have fallen into a passive stupor of complacency, there is a growing, seething discontent amongst its youths.

In A Clockwork Orange, freedom features as one of its strongest themes, as the be all and end all of life for some, where reclaiming it is all that matters to revive the spark of hope. The original work was infamous for its portrayal of ultraviolence, in a world that seemed to be devoid of morality and filled with a warped psychology, coining new terms and words to describe its strange, all too disturbing vision of a dystopian society.

The play will be performed by Rizman Putra, Elnie S Mashari, Roslan Kemat, Shafiqhah Efandi, Suhaili Safari, and Izzul Irfan, with production design by Ekamatra artistic director Mohd Fared Jainal and Akbar Syadiq,  sound design by Safuan Johari, and multimedia design by Eric Lee. With its nightmarish aesthetic and deeply disturbing overtones, we’re more than excited to see how Ekamatra handles this adaptation of a modern classic, as it premieres this September and poises itself to be one of the most ambitious new works of the year.

A Clockwork Orange plays from 25th to 29th September 2019 at the Esplanade Theatre Studio, in Malay with English surtitles. Tickets available from SISTIC

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