5 theatre shows to catch in October

  • Arts
  • Friday, 04 Oct 2019

'Moderation' is a theatre play written by Macau news reporter Miki To. It is based on a legendary Go battle nearly a century ago, and inspired by a social movement in Macau. Photo: ONZ Production and Entertainment

A family rattled by a discovery of a sexy and mysterious undergarment in the house. A young Malay prince who becomes the victim of hatred and jealousy straight to a multimedia theatre show from Macau, which is inspired by a legendary (strategy board game) Go battle nearly a century ago.

It looks like October has an exciting line-up of theatre shows. You just need to find your fix.

Here’s a list of theatre and arts performances this month not to be missed:


Where: Black Box, DPAC, Petaling Jaya

When: Oct 11-13

Merah is a story of a Chinese family of three generations living together with a foreign maid. The Mandarin language story begins with a typical day in the household, each family member living in their own world. But the discovery of a red, sexy undergarment rocks the mundane scene. In this cleverly written new script by Pitapat Theatre’s founder Seng Soo Ming (who is guest directing this production by The Dramatic Art Society), the discovery of the undergarment gradually becomes a device to reveal a long hidden crisis involving family relationships. Suddenly, there is violent drama caused by episodes of mistrust, betrayal and miscommunication. More details: www.dpac.com.my.

Makyung Raja Besar Maha Gading

Where: Istana Budaya, KL

When: Oct 11-13

Istana Budaya is the place for big stories. Here’s the epic Malay tale of Raja Besar Maha Gading, who orders soothsayer Wak Nujum to check on the fortunes of his seven children. It’s a process to determine who can succeed him as ruler of the land. Wak Nujum picks Raja Bongsu. This angers his other children and they plot to kill Raja Bongsu. The youngest child is taken to the open field and thrown into a well. Fortunately, he is rescued by Tok Peraih Sireh, who invites the young prince to live in his hut. Raja Besar Maha Gading then finds out about a new “king” living on the edge of his kingdom. Intrigued, Raja Besar summons this new king to have an audience with him. What awaits him is an unlikely surprise. This Mak Yong show, under the direction of Rosnan Rahman (touted to be the only Pak Yong), promises a night of spectacular Malay theatre. More details: www.istanabudaya.gov.my.


Where: Now Theatre, Taman Sungai Besi, KL

When: Oct 11-13

It only takes one person to start a revolution that can change the course of a nation. Moderation, a Cantonese play written and directed by Macau news reporter Miki To, tells the story of one brave woman out to make a change. Moderation is based on the battle of Go (a strategy board game), with a plot surrounding a game between Chinese-born Japanese master Go Seigen and Japanese legend Honinbo Shusai. This match in 1933 was touted as one of the most important battles of Go in the last century. This one-hour play is presented in a multimedia form, including video, addresses on societal and governmental issues like power struggles, social movements and the relevancy of political systems. Facebook: Now Theatre.

Teater Uda Dan Dara

Where: Padang Merbok, Jalan Parlimen, KL

When: Oct 25 and 26

Perhaps this is the closest thing we can get to Shakespeare In The Park. Theatre director Shamsudin Othman’s musical staging of the late Datuk Usman Awang’s Uda Dan Dara will use Padang Merbok as its stage. Don’t be surprised to find the open pitch, more known for rugby games, transformed into a paddy field. With its outdoor setting, this free admission event presents something different, with installation works such as scarecrows and torches. If you’re looking for classic Malay theatre under the moonlight, this is the show to catch. More details: www.diversecity.my.

Awang Batil: Hikayat Cendawan Putih (Legend Of The White Mushroom)

Where: Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC), KL

When: Oct 25 and 26

Traditional Malay storytelling gets the spotlight with the Awang Batil: Hikayat Cendawan Putih show, presented by Persatuan Teater Opera Mimpi Negeri Perlis (Topeng), with a special appearance by Romli Mahmud. In this traditional show format, the Awang Batil – storyteller – is the life of the party. He inherits many folk tales and each tale is told with comedic elements. Masks are also common place to play characters such as ‘Hulubalang’ (guard) or Ahli Nujum (soothsayer). In Perlis, Romli is regarded as the one and only Awang Batil. He inherited the talent and art of storytelling from his father, the late Mahmud Wahid. Romli now resides in Kampung Pokok Sena, Chuping in Perlis. More details: www.diversecity.my.

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