Restaging of Chinese play coincides with parents’ day

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  • Thursday, 12 May 2011

AS PART of its 10th anniversary celebration, TEA Theatre, one of the established Chinese-speaking theatre groups in Malaysia presents a theatrical work named “Heaven & Earth” which made its debut a decade ago. It will be restaged from May 26 to 29 at Panggung Bandaraya, Kuala Lumpur.

Its theme which revolves around family bonding is timely as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day falls in May and June respectively.

A short version of Heaven & Earth was presented by the cast at a press conference held at Precious Old China Restaurant in Central Market recently.

Besides producer cum director Rorn Lew, the adviser of the production who is also the founder of Artseni Gallery, Philip Wong also spoke to encourage the public to watch the show with their parents or children as one of their parents’ day activities.

English and Chinese subtitles will be provided for audiences who cannot understand Mandarin or vice-versa. However, the show itself without the language is already a “must watch” production.

TEA Theatre’s team combines many forms of art such as drama, dance, wushu and Chinese orchestra to make Heaven and Earth.

The director cum scriptwriter, Ryon Lee, was actively involved in screenplay works for Chinese movies such as Woo-Hoo & Great Day”, said with the mixture of new and old cast members, it makes the theatre even more exciting and fresh. This is a story which tells a Chinese myth “The Lotus Lantern” and also a modern story that highlights the importance of family bonding.

“The Lotus Lantern” is a story about a son who is determined to save his mother from the mountain by overcoming obstacles. Whereas the other story tells of a son named Ah Wei who killed his own mother when she refused to give him money.

“This is the contrasting message between these two stories and hopefully the audiences will be enlightened,” said Ryon’s directorial partner Lew.

Members of the cast include experienced theatre actors such as Amelia Tan, Grace Looi, Eagle Lee, Tomato Sia, Roax Tan (who won the best actor award in the recent ADA Drama Awards), TV actor Tee and singer Kit.

All of them have to act different characters for the two different eras.

The music will be played live by a Chinese orchestra group called Vivo Experimental Orchestra.

Lew said there would not be much psychical set on the stage because the cast was the main attraction.

The performance of a combination of Oriental wushu and Western dance steps by the cast is expected to make the show even more interesting.

The Chinese title of Heaven & Earth is calligraphed by a famous local Chinese calligrapher, Yap Poh Sim.

Sponsored by Eu Yan Sang, Heaven & Earth will be staged at Panggung Bandaraya, Kuala Lumpur.

For details, call TEA Theatre hotline 012-287 2859.

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