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Hamlet untuk semua

Posted on 22 April 2015

22–26 Apr 2015 : SD: Othello

I first came to Hamlet in high school. We watched the Kenneth Branagh movie, had to analyse the “To be, or not to be” speech. Analyse in the sense of reading it closely and saying something about what Hamlet is really saying. My teenage self was excited with the possibilities of that. I could claim that Hamlet was saying anything I wanted. I merely had to gather the evidence. I gathered the evidence, like a detective, but the evidence did not support my arguments. Reading used to be an exercise in power, in imposing meaning on the text. I learned that the evidence determined what claims could be made of a character and a text. Reading became a listening exercise. Shakespeare is challenging to…

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Diari Wanita…Episod Kak Ani & Nyonya

Posted on 9 April 2015

Listing : Kakiseni.com

Listing : AirAsia RedTix

Diari Wanita…Episod Kak Ani & Nyonya is a production that deals in doubles. Presented in February at Istana Budaya, it tells the stories of two women from two different countries told in tandem, as guided by the vision of one director, Rosminah Tahir. One story illustrates the journey of YB Dato’ Rohani Abdul Karim, our Minister of Women, Family and Community Development (the ministry supported this production), with anecdotes from her childhood, teen years and young adulthood presented through monologues. The other is a comedy by Indonesian writer Wisran Hadi, staged for the seventh time – our very own  Madea! – telling the story of Nyonya, a young matriarch trying to protect her wealth from both a wily antique dealer and the determined grandchildren…

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Joseph, the Tailor-Made Man

Posted on 27 September 2013

Touted as the most elaborate production to ever be staged in PJ Live Arts, The Tailor-Made Man retold the epic story of Old Testament Joseph, set in a stempunk Canaan/Egypt. In this adaptation, Joseph is an enthusiastic, exasperating young man — and like the bible version, he endures a trial of faith, interprets dreams, and learns that it takes patience to be part of God’s plans. Joseph has some serious business chutzpah, and when Joseph’s petty older brothers learn he stands to inherit the family business, they have him kidnapped and sold into slavery. Mr Potiphar purchases Joseph at a slave market, and catches him doing the accounts on the sly. Joseph is then promoted, profits grow, and things go well! Then Joseph spurns…

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KakiTeater: Talking with Jason

Posted on 26 July 2013

Venue : PJ Live Arts, Jaya One

Date : 26–28 July 2013

YouTube : actspressions

Event : Kakiseni Listing

Tickets : RM30/RM50 (Purchase online)

Facebook : Actspressions

Theatre-goers will get a show full of dreams and steampunk this weekend! The Tailor-Made Man opens this Friday and promises to deliver the most elaborate production in PJLA yet. We talk with the director of The Tailor-Made Man, Jason Ding, about the upcoming play: Tell our readers a little bit more about The Tailor-Made Man. The Tailor-Made Man is a story of a dreamer, Joseph, and his journey from his father’s house to the unlikeliest of places. He meets different, interesting characters along the way; and goes through some nightmares before eventually seeing his dreams come true.

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Peperangan terakhir baru sahaja bermula

Posted on 20 June 2013

Date : 23–26 Mei 2013

Venue : Morne Art Gallery

Revolution Stage mengulangi kemenangan kreatif mereka dengan naskhah terbaru, Perang Terakhir. Formula elemen luaran yang sama seperti naskhah-naskhah mereka yang baru lepas digunakan lagi kali ini: dinding/papan untuk meninggalkan komen, prop dengan gambar-gambar berkaitan dengan naskhah yang dipentaskan dan meja menjual merchandise buku dan DVD semua ada, juga di pentas Morne Art Gallery. Sudah terasa seperti ini ialah rumah Revolution Stage; sampai makanan pun dah mula dijual kepada penonton-penonton yang hadir. Inilah antara sebab saya menyukai RS, kerana mereka peka akan kehendak penonton, dan pandai mencari jalan untuk mencari untung. Berbalik kepada naskhahnya. Perang Terakhir mengisahkan Omar dan anak dewasanya Rahimah pada zaman perang besar yang difahamkan sedang meletus di serata dunia. Omar digambarkan sebagai seorang yang takut menghadapi realiti dunia luar, sering berjaga…

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Festival Kakiseni: Katalog Industri Seni Pentas Tempatan

Posted on 27 May 2013

Pada 22 April hingga 1 Mei yang lalu telah berlangsung Festival Kakiseni bertempat di pusat membeli-belah terkemuka Kuala Lumpur, Pavilion KL. Acara yang berlangsung selama 10 hari ini dikelolakan oleh Kakiseni. Acara seni seperti persembahan (muzik, teater dan tari), forum dan diskusi, bengkel serta pameran berlangsung dengan meriah dan sambutan yang menggalakkan. Serentak dengan festival tersebut, Kakiseni turut menganjurkan Boh Cameronion Arts Award pada malam kemuncak festival di ruang legar Pavilion. Penulis sempat datang menyaksikan beberapa persembahan yang dipersembahkan di Black Box pada hari Sabtu, 27 April 2013. Pihak penganjur telah mendirikan sebuah panggung khas di ruang legar Pavilion yang mampu memuatkan lebih kurang 50-60 penonton pada satu-satu masa. Tiada bayaran dikenakan untuk menyaksikan persembahan di dalam Black Box tetapi penonton perlu beratur untuk…

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Malaysian Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Posted on 25 April 2013

Venue : penangpac @ Straits Quay

Phone # : +604 8991 722 / 2722

Ticket price : RM28

Date : 25 – 27 April 8.30pm
28 April 3pm

Facebook : Shakespeare Demystified

We are deeply skeptical of Shakespeare. Perhaps we have been conditioned by our school experiences. We have been forced to learn his plays. And even though we have been told that he is the world’s best playwright, we suspect that he is overrated and we could write something ten times better if we had the time and motivation. Perhaps we have seen a few movies adaptations of his plays, and the language sounds like it came from last century. Hasn’t anyone written anything as good since then? What’s so special about his plays in the first place?

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A possible revolution

Posted on 23 April 2013

The idea: Get a whole group of college-aged theater actors and enthusiasts together. Put on shows that you would like to perform and what people want to see. Yang penting sekali, semangat kena tinggi. Khairunazwan Rodzy, an Aswara graduate in Direction, did just that back in 2006. Over the years, the group dubbed “Revolution Stage” has grown into a rather sizeable and energetic bunch. Made up of students, graduates and their peers from various universities around Malaysia, they have staged about 10 shows since their inception. Ramleefestasi and Tepuk Amai-Amai were originally shown as part of Bangkit, a project started by Revolution Stage in October last year to get more people, especially teens, to the theater. It featured five plays — the others being…

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M.Butterfly: When is a play not a play?

Posted on 23 April 2013

When a new play is premiered, the focus of the criticism is on the text. Is it original? Is it relevant? Is it spelt out in a way that makes sense? The team’s technical abilities are secondary to the idea being presented. Once the play has been alive for a while or becomes famous, subsequent productions struggle with the fact that the focus is now on the production and how it compares to the debut. Have they said redundant things, or did they discover anything new? Did they do the text justice? Have they succeeded it making it relevant to its new time and place? Instincts and bravery Rumah Anak Teater’s daring approach Rumah Anak Teater’s M.Butterfly falls somewhere in between being a new…

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Really, where is Ruby Moon?

Posted on 7 March 2013

Christopher Ling has good taste in scripts. His credits boast shows that are intelligent, questioning and quite daring. They do not fall into what we euphemistically call the accessible canon, and Mr. Ling is pretty hip to the exciting new theatre out there — I don’t think there’s been a LaChiusa musical staged even in Singapore. In line with the rest of his plays, Ruby Moon has an excellent script. It is a highly stylised exploration of grief and loss as experienced by Ray and Sylvie Moon, who are trying to cope with the disappearance of their child Ruby. They continue to live in the same house, hoping she might return and immersing themselves in rituals they’ve created to keep their daughter in their…

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