Category: Malay Theatre

Review: Cerita Cinta by akulah bimbo SAKTI

The inheritance of violence and despair is on show in a powerful, unusual love story from one of Singapore’s most exciting theatre makers.  If one has never known love, how does one then display it? That is the issue at the core of Noor Effendy Ibrahim’s 1995 play Cerita Cinta, where contrary to its innocent title (literally ‘Love

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Review: Bulan Madu – A Double Bill by Teater Ekamatra

Two plays that discuss issues of identity, trauma, and loss.  A state of pure bliss and peace is what comes to mind when thinking of the word ‘honeymoon’. Yet as wonderful as it is, a honeymoon is also defined by its temporal nature, the calm before the storm of marital strife and uncertainty in the

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Teater Ekamatra’s Bulan Madu: An Interview with Actors Adib Kosnan and Munah Bagharib

This week, as part of Malay CultureFest 2018, Teater Ekamatra will be presenting a double bill of Malay plays by playwright Alfian Sa’at, both of which received rave reviews when they played across Singapore and Malaysia. Taking on the combined title Bulan Madu (literally ‘honeymoon’), both Anak Bulan di Kampong Wa’ Hassan and Madu Dua explore quintessential issues of the

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Preview: Bulan Madu – A Double Bill by Teater Ekamatra

Teater Ekamatra celebrates their 30th anniversary this year, and the number of productions they’re putting up just doesn’t seem to stop. This October, as part of Malay CultureFest 2018, they’ll be putting up a double bill of two of playwright Alfian Sa’at’s Malay plays, both of which have received rave reviews when they played across

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Review: Tiger of Malaya by Teater Ekamatra

Interrogating history through a filmic lens. There’s a saying that history is written by the victors, leaving plenty of warped accounts and representations scattered throughout media. Singapore, of course, isn’t exempt from this, with films by foreigners throughout history appropriating both the country and its people to better bring out their own agenda. Given the benefit

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Re-appropriating Film History: An Interview with The Cast and Creatives of Teater Ekamatra’s Tiger of Malaya

This week will see the premiere of Teater Ekamatra’s latest production – Tiger of Malaya. A brand new play written by Alfian Sa’at and Shawn Chua, Tiger of Malaya takes inspiration from the 1943 Japanese film ‘The Tiger of Malaya’, following a group of actors in the present day who attempt to be more accurate in their re-enaction

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Preview: Tiger of Malaya by Teater Ekamatra

After a mad July spent taking charge of the 2018 Singapore Theatre Festival as festival co- artistic director, playwright Alfian Sa’at returns to the Singapore theatre scene proper with a brand new play this September. Presented by Teater Ekamatra as part of their 30th Anniversary season, Tiger of Malaya takes inspiration from the 1943 Japanese film ‘The

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Pesta Raya 2018: Alkesah (Review)

A colourful romp of unbridled fun through Malay folklore opens Pesta Raya 2018. The Malay oral tradition is a rich one, full of colourful characters and unforgettable stories. But as these tales become increasingly hard to hear in the traditional form, so must they evolve with the times to find a new audience. That evolution

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Pesta Raya 2018: An Interview with Zulfadli ‘Big’ Rashid (Alkesah)

Just as one’s ears prick up for a story the moment one hears the magical words ‘once upon a time’, storytellers of Malay folklore begin their tales with an equally powerful opener – ‘alkesah’, or ‘as the story goes’. And celebrating that long history of oral tradition then, is the aptly titled Esplanade commissioned musical Alkesah, opening

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Preview: Pesta Raya 2018 by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

  Coinciding with the celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the 17th edition of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’s Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts returns this July! This year, the festival will showcase the rich history of the Nusantara (Malay Archipelago), with a spectrum of programmes set to appeal to everyone from the

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