Get virtual: Ian Dury punk musical and KLPac comedy series lead the way


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  • Friday, 12 Jun 2020

Reasons To Be Cheerful

Here's a punk musical that needs the volume up. Part gig, part play, Reasons To Be Cheerful tells a coming of age tale that rejoices in the infectious and enduring music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Featuring stone-cold classic songs including Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick; Plaistow Patricia; Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll; Sweet Gene Vincent; What A Waste and the titular Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3). The show is presented by British theatre company Graeae, which is dedicated to placing disabled actors centre stage and challenging preconceptions. Graeae artistic director, Jenny Sealey’s production is loud, bold and jubilant. You can watch Reasons To Be Cheerful on Graeae's Youtube channel until Aug 3. Mature content: for ages 14 above.

Indicinelive Quaranstream Edition

Popular sketch comedy show Indicinelive returns in a completely new digital edition! The show packs in 75 minutes of fun and laughter with brand-new sketches, character satires and song parodies inspired by the pandemic, the recent political shift, and how we see the "new normal" world. The show is free, but donations are welcome, with proceeds going to the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac). Directed by Freddy Tan, the show features Anrie Too, Dinesh Kumar, Jad Hidhir, Jon Chew, Kamini Senthilathiban, Nabilah Hamid, Oxford Tong, Siti Farrah Abdullah and Tiara Anchant. It is written by Uihua Cheah, Adriana Nordin Manan, Tung Jit Yang and Terence Toh. It will be streamed live on the KLPac's Facebook page on June 12 at 9pm. Disclaimer: Dinesh Kumar Maganathan and Terence Toh are both writers with The Star.

'Notes From The Field' can be viewed online at Zach Theatre's livestream until June 14. Photo: Kirk Tuck'Notes From The Field' can be viewed online at Zach Theatre's livestream until June 14. Photo: Kirk Tuck

Notes From The Field

This insightful play examines the American "school-to-prison-pipeline", or the high tendency for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to end up in jail because of harsh school and societal policies. Notes From The Field depicts the personal accounts based on real interviews with over 200 people. This play by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Deavere Smith is presented by US-based Zach Theatre, and directed by Dave Steakley. It is recommended for those aged 14 and up due to mature content. It stars Michelle Alexander, Carla Nickerson, Kriston Woodreaux, and Zel Miller III. It can be seen by obtaining a free ticket to Zach Theatre’s stream from now till June 14. More info: tickets.zachtheatre.org.

'The Madness Of King George III', presented by the National Theatre Live, is available online until June 18. Photo: Nottingham Playhouse Production'The Madness Of King George III', presented by the National Theatre Live, is available online until June 18. Photo: Nottingham Playhouse Production

The Madness Of King George III

It’s 1786 and King George III of England is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown. This epic play by Alan Bennett was previously adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film. This production is directed by Adam Penford, and stars Mark Gatiss, Debra Gillett and Adrian Scarborough. Presented by the Nottingham Playhouse Production, it is available on Britain's National Theatre at Home YouTube channel until June 18.

Ring Of Fury

Recognised as "a gem of Singaporean genre cinema", Ring Of Fury (1973) had been banned for more than three decades and went largely unseen until 2017 when the Asian Film Archive restored the film from its sole surviving film print. Ring of Fury (1973) is now available for viewing on Youtube. Accompanying the video screening is an interview piece from 2019 with co-director of the film, James Sebastian. Inspired by the kung fu craze sparked by Bruce Lee in the 1970s, Ring of Fury is Singapore’s first and only martial arts film featuring karate master Peter Chong.

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