Monthly Plays Recommendations - CI Insider #1
Nominated for “Best Actor In A Leading Role” at the 18th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, it was premiered in May 2022 at the IGNITE Solo Performance Festival 2022 , and has since toured Penang.
Performed entirely in the original Malay text, with surtitles in English, this adaptation is based on Malaysian National Laureate A. Samad Said’s novel “Hujan Pagi”. It is a solo play featuring Zul Zamir, who plays the roles of the two brothers Lokman and Lajis.
Lokman started as a pre-war journalist and subsequently became the editor of a Malay daily. Disheartened by the changing and declining news industry, he slipped into a hallucination where he leads Hujan Pagi, a fearless and leading newspaper that fights the British colonizer and protects the Malay dignity, in a different world. He even found the right successors to continue his legacy.
In the real world, his younger brother Lajis tried to investigate the cause of Lokman’s condition, and unwittingly discovered a string of mysteries that got him to question his own identity…
This 60-minute adaptation of the original novel over 400 pages long with many characters and multiple subplots will focus on Lokman’s mental struggle and Lajis’ attempt to uncover the mysteries.
Produced by: KL Shakespeare Players
Directed by: Lim Kien Lee
Script by: Lim Kien Lee & Zul Zamir
Featuring: Zul Zamir
Projection: Lim Kien Lee
Nominated for “Best Actor In A Leading Role” at the 18th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, this was the crowd favourite when it was premiered in May 2022 at the IGNITE Solo Performance Festival 2022, and received raving reviews from theatre critics. It was the only theatre performance in the French Festival 2022. It has since toured Penang and Johor Bahru.
Performed mostly in English, but with French at passionate moments, it shows why French is regarded as the language of love. It also comments on society’s obsession with outward appearances, and compares the performer-audience relationship before and during the pandemic.
An original play–co-written by Grégory Henno, a master in interactive theatre; and Lim Kien Lee, Artistic Director of KL Shakespeare Players (KLSP)--it cleverly integrates Cyrano de Bergerac, the Malaysian theatre scene and the MCO, to tell a bittersweet love story. It ends with a pleasant surprise that has the audience leaving the theatre with a wide smile across their face.
Produced by: KL Shakespeare Players Directed by: Lim Kien Lee Script by: Lim Kien Lee & Grégory Henno Featuring: Grégory Henno Projection: Lim Kien Lee