‘Bangsawan shows can attract tourists to Johor’

Raven Kumar (brown jacket) meeting the cast of “Puteri Daun Emas” which will be staged on June 9 and 10. — THOMAS YONG/The Star

ELEMENTS of greed, love, betrayal and revenge will be covered in the upcoming bangsawan theatre production of Puteri Daun Emas.

Johor tourism, environment, heritage and culture committee chairman K. Raven Kumar said the show, starring 19 actors, would be performed over two days at Kompleks Warisan Sultan Abu Bakar in Johor Baru.

It is produced by Johor Heritage Foundation (YWJ) and the state Theatre Council.

“While it is a period drama, the production incorporates modern technology and musical instruments.

“Local theatre productions which relate to the history, myths and legends of the country and state have much potential to attract tourists to Johor.

“Last year, YWJ also staged a three-day show of Putera Gunung Panti.

“It attracted many local and out-of-state theatre lovers so we know the potential is there,” he said at a press conference.

Raven Kumar added that YWJ was working with the Johor Education Department to run casting calls to discover new acting talents.

“We are going to primary and secondary schools to look for multi-racial talents to participate in future productions,” he added.

Puteri Daun Emas tells the story of a young princess who was the heiress to the throne.

She was banished from the palace by her father, the king, based on a false prophecy.

The production involves a cast and crew of about 70 and has a run-time of one hour and 50 minutes.

The show will take place at 8pm on June 9 and 10.

Tickets priced at RM15 and RM25 are available via https://store.ywj.gov.my

Those who prefer buying tickets physically can do so until June 8, from 9am to 4.30pm, at the show’s venue.

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