Fragments of love, hope sewn up in multilingual play set in 'maybe' Malaysia

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  • Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019

In 'Matahari Jangan Tidure, Nanti Hilang Belang', Visshnu Varman and Sandee Chew play an old couple at the end of their lives, waiting for the approaching end of the world. Photo: Theatresauce

The search for why we exist and what happens after we die and finding the solution in love are themes delicately contained and dissected in young theatre director Arief Hamizan’s original theatre play Matahari Jangan Tidure, Nanti Hilang Belang (Matahari).

Arguably, it’s a daunting challenge to set up this deeply personal storyline in a performance space. This 80-minute block of intensity (with no intermission), which opens at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre on Aug 29, deals with themes such as the afterlife and existentialism.

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