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We had a dream.

A dream that we both
shared with an unbridled passion. A
dream that is still, thirty years later, in
the making. A dream that will remain
with us until we can dream no more.

I first became aware of the existence of
Faridah Merican in 1979 when I was in
Malaysia shooting a documentary for
the Australian Armed Forces. Little did I
know, at that time, that this remarkable
woman who took my breath away via the
RTM National TV News was to eventually
become my life partner and constant muse.

Five years later I returned to Malaysia
to start up a film production company.
Faridah’s and my paths crossed again;
I suppose we were destined to be
together, because in 1989 we married
and started up The Actors Studio.
The rest, as they say, is history.

Not in our wildest dreams did we ever
imagine that we could possibly achieve
so many wonderful things. It should be
noted, however, that none of our successes
would have been possible without the
support of so many caring and well-
meaning individuals and organisations.

Joe & Faridah
2017
CELEBRATION
PRODUCTIONS
P ROGRAMMING PART NE R S
TAS Seni Teater Rakyat, Nyoba Kan, Young Choral Academy,
MyDance Alliance, KL Shakespeare Players, MUKA Space, klpac, 12 – 21 APR
klpac Orchestra, klpac Symphonic Band, klpac String Ensemble, Thunderstorm
penangpac, SHORT+SWEET, Soundscape Records
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A LL I NFO R MAT ION I S CO R R E C T AT T I ME O F PRINT,
FOR LAT EST U P DAT E S, P L E ASE VI S I T U S ON L INE
klpac.org / penangpac.org / theactorsstudio.com.my
26 – 29 JUL 2 – 5 MAY
Teenage Dream: T4YP
2018 Final Showcase Merchant of Venice (BM)
SHA K ESP EA RE / BAHASA MAL AYS I A
YOUTH / MULTIL INGUA L
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19 – 22 APR 18 – 26 AUG 27 – 30 JUN
The New Play Project ADAM The Musical
PLAY / WO RKS HO P MUSICA L
Stories for Amah
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2018
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24 – 29 APR 5 – 9 SEP
25 – 28 JAN Shakespeare Demystified: Constellations 29 AUG – 1 SEP
OCD Romeo & Juliet ROMA N C E
P HYSI CAL S HAKE S PE ARE indicine Life Sdn Bhd: What Does
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7 – 9 DEC It Mean To Be Malaysian?
27 JAN – 4 FEB 2 – 5 MAY The Odd Couple - Female Version TRUE STORIES

Mak Yong Titis Sakti (A Shakespeare Demystified: COME DY
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Midsummer Night’s Dream) Romeo & Juliet (Penang Tour) 28 NOV – 1 DEC
T RADI T ION A L / S HA K E SP E A R E S HAKE S PE ARE 13 – 16 DEC
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Dear Elena Sergeevna The New Play Project
1 – 11 MAR 10 – 13 MAY TRAGEDY / MA NDA RIN P LAY / WORKSHOP
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Men in Heels Dato’ Seri (Macbeth)
2019
MUSI CA L / DR AMEDY S HAKE S PE ARE / BAHASA MALAYS IA
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15 – 18 MAR 5 – 8 JUL 22 – 31 MAR A Man for All Seasons
Men in Heels (Penang Tour) Fiery Family 2.0 Norm & Ahmed DRA MA
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MUSI CA L / DR AMEDY COME DY / MANDARIN DRA MA
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19 – 22 DEC
5 – 8 APR 19 – 22 JUL 4 – 7 APR
Don’t Let Writer Know Brand Don’t Let TAS Know The Dawns Here Are Quiet
SHORT P LAYS / MULT I L I NG UA L CLASS IC SHORT P LAYS / MULTIL INGUA L TRAGEDY / MA NDA RIN
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25 – 28 JAN 2018 27 JAN – 4 FEB 2018 1 – 11 MAR 2018 5 – 8 APR 2018
OCD Mak Yong Titis Sakti Men in Heels Don’t Let Writer Know
P HYSI CAL
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(A Midsummer MUSICA L / DRA MEDY
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別讓作家知道的事
Night’s Dream) SHORT P LAYS / MULTIL ING UAL
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WORLD P R EMIE R E T RADIT IONAL / S HAKE S PE ARE 15 – 18 MAR
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Men in Heels (Penang Tour) WORLD P REMIE RE
DE VI SED AND DIR EC T E D BY
PRE MIE RE D BY T H E ACTO RS ST UDIO, 20 09 MUSICA L / DRA MEDY
Ho Lee Ching @stage 2, penangpac P RODUC ED BY

Tap. One two three four five six seven eight nine ten. ADAPT E D BY Easee Gan
WORLD P REMIE RE
Tap. One two three four five six seven eight nine ten. Norzizi Zulkifli & Nan Megat From the same team that created Don’t Let
Goodnight Papa. Papa goodnight. Papa Shakespeare Know (2016) and Don’t Let Children
goodnight. Goodnight Papa. DIRE CT E D BY WRITTEN BY
Know (2017) comes another exciting installment
Papa goodnight. Goodnight Papa. Norzizi Zulkifli Mark Beau de Silva in this short play series slated for April 2018.
Goodnight Papa. Papa goodnight. MUKA Space & The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat
DIREC TED BY
Mak Yong Titis Sakti adalah sebuah adaptasi dari proudly present Don’t Let Writer Know which will
No, no, no. Not right. Someone is going to die. karya Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Titis Joe Hasham OAM feature a variety of short plays related to Chinese
Again, Again, Again. From the start. Sakti adalah karya Norzizi Zulkifli dan Nan Megat. Literature in conjunction with the 100th anniversary
Mak Yong ini adalah terbitan The Actors Studio Seni Men in Heels is a funny and touching story about of Malaysian Chinese Theatre. Expect the unexpected
The rituals, compulsions, anxiety, intrusive thoughts, checking, Teater Rakyat dan diarahkan oleh Norzizi Zulkifli. three boys growing up in colourful Malaysia wanting as seven directors each present their own take on a
counting, hoarding, rewinding, and contamination issues. to be Madonna (the singer not Jesus’ mother). As Chinese Literature but with a twist. Hence, the title Don’t
What happens when you take a classic written by recession hits the country in the 90s, it seemed more Let Writer Know because there will be some risqué
OCD is a devised physical theatre piece exploring what one of the greatest English playwrights ever and re- rational to idolise queens closer to home like Anita material too. The production aims to nurture, develop
it’s like living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. tell it through an 800-year-old Asian art form? Sarawak, the earrings were easier to source too… and celebrate Chinese Literature and Malaysian Theatre
among young Malaysian audiences and artists.
What does it do to a person? How does one fight these Mak Yong Titis Sakti is a Mak Yong performance One would think that as the new millennium
intrusive thoughts? And how does one cope out there? based on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy A approaches, they would find love and life easier, but
Midsummer Night’s Dream. Adapted by two exponents that is not to be. Life, and love, especially love will P E RFORMED IN A MIX OF L ANG UAG E S
of this traditional Malay art form Norzizi Zulkifli never come easy for one with dreams like these…
and Nan Megat, and directed by Norzizi herself,
it tells the tale of a love triangle gone wrong. But they will sing. And they will dance. As long
as the heels are high, and sparkling!
Mak Yong Titis Sakti was selected to be a part of the Asian
Shakespeare Intercultural Archive and is studied as a P E RFORMED IN ENGL ISH
part of the National University of Singapore’s syllabus.

PE RFO RME D IN BAHASA MALAYS IA
19 – 22 APR 2018 24 – 29 APR 2018 10 – 13 MAY 2018 In the pursuit of fame, fortune and power, a man of
noble birth and standing abandons his honour and,
The New Play Project Shakespeare Demystified: Dato’ Seri (Macbeth) ultimately, his own sanity. A Malay adaptation of
William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, Dato’
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Romeo & Juliet SHA K ESP EA RE / BAHASA MA LAYSIA
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Seri is a localised version that follows the struggle
of Dato’ DiKa jang as he deals with the choices he
S HAKE S PE ARE
makes, and the consequences that follow suit.
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Set in the early 1960s in a reimagined Malaya, or Pertiwi,
DI RE CT ED BY
2 – 5 MAY 2018 A DA P TED BY
Dato’ Seri is the first script co-adapted by the father-
and-son duo, Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim and Omar
Tung Jit Yang Shakespeare Demystified: Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim Ali. It premiered in 2016 as part of The Actors Studio’s

The New Play Project is a project initiated by The Actors Romeo & Juliet (Penang Tour) & Omar Ali Shakespeare 400 season to full houses and rave reviews.

Studio which aims to bring to the fore a new wave of DIREC TED BY
S HAKE S PE ARE “… Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim
local story-tellers and playwrights to tell our stories. @stage 2, penangpac Omar Ali and Omar Ali‘s rework is accessible,
Five contemporary playwrights have been selected to be a
DIRE CT E D BY Taksub mengejar pangkat, harta dan kuasa, seorang even speckled with comedy.”
part of the programme. Besides masterclasses with notable bangsawan dan wira negara sanggup mengkhianati
theatre-makers and playwrights of our region, they have Lim Kien Lee raja dan membelakangkan perjuangannya sendiri. Deric ECT, The Daily Seni
worked tirelessly to get their scripts ready to be performed
and published in an anthology by The Actors Studio. In 2018, KL Shakespeare Players (KLSP) returns with Ikuti jejak langkah serta nukilan fikiran P E RFORMED IN BAHASA MAL AYS I A
its now well-established abridged format to present seorang pemimpin yang gila kuasa.
One of these new plays will be staged in full under the Shakespeare Demystified: Romeo & Juliet, but be prepared WITH ENGL ISH SURTITLES
direction of The Actors Studio’s Director in-Residence for theatrical elements that keep its performances fresh Dato’ Seri adalah sebuah adaptasi karya
Tung Jit Yang while the other four plays will be and engaging, taking the audience on a roller-coaster ride William Shakespeare yang berjudul ‘The Tragedy
featured as professionally-directed of belly-aching laughs and handkerchief-soaking tears. of Macbeth’ ke dalam Bahasa Melayu dan
staged readings. konteks budaya kepimpinan tempatan.
PE RFO RME D IN E NGL IS H
5 – 8 JUL 2018 19 – 22 JUL 2018 26 – 29 JUL 2018 18 – 26 AUG 2018
Fiery Family 2.0 Brand Teenage Dream: T4YP ADAM The Musical
火爆家族2.0 CLASS IC
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2018 Final Showcase MUSICA L
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COME DY / MA NDAR I N YOUTH
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WRI TTEN BY Henrik Ibsen WORLD P REMIE RE
WRITTEN BY
Dr. Deric Gan DIRE CT E D BY
Mark Beau de Silva
DI RE CT ED BY Tung Jit Yang DIREC TED BY

Easee Gan Mark Beau de Silva MUSIC & LY RIC S BY
Good and bad. Truth and lies. What is the absolute? Lim Chuang Yik & Teng Ky-Gan
What is real? Where and when does one draw the line? klpac’s Theatre for Young People (T4YP) programme, DIREC TED BY
《火爆家族》大馬火爆喜劇取材自法國劇作家雅絲米娜·雷札
powered by YTL Power, remains to be the nation’s
的《殺戮之神》,將教育問題的視線從師生關係轉戰家庭關
係,此劇的主題意在笑聲中撕破現代家長的文明外衣,讓教育
Set in a Malaysian context, Tung Jit Yang’s adaptation of only and longest running youth theatre programme Joe Hasham OAM
Henrik Ibsen’s Brand explores the many facets of freedom of its kind. It has enjoyed many successful seasons
問題的思考回歸家庭,一切“高大權”的文明將在此失效! While preparing for Adam and Sylvia’s wedding,
of will and the consequential choice. It examines the and nurtured even more young thespians that have
philosophical and ideological polarities that many face gone on to enjoy great success in the industry. Adam is hospitalised. As Adam lays in his bed, the
平凡的一天,兩個小男孩在班裡發生爭執,爭執中其中男孩被 doctor can only tell Sylvia, ‘your husband is not well’…
on a daily basis. It investigates the age old question;
打傷了。這起不大不小的兒童糾紛,將兩對本沒有任何交集的 Sylvia spirals down an emotional roller coaster, as her
What does it mean to be a good human being? One of the hallmarks of the programme is its highly-
夫婦拉到了一起。不同背景的父母們就孩子的傷害事件協商、 inability to believe how lucky she has been to find
anticipated final showcase where the T4YP members
討論、爭執、冷嘲熱諷、旁敲側擊,時而強作歡顏,時而面 Adam now is confirmed. She moves through friends,
PE RFO RME D IN E NGL IS H devise original Malaysian works. The 2016 final
露不快,可是又不得不面對面度過這難熬與痛苦的一天… family, and strangers; their stories of life, death,
showcase, Still Taming, not only sold out but was
described as a shining example of young people’s and surviving provide comfort, horror, and love.
MUKA SPACE in collaboration with The Actors Studio
theatre. It enjoyed phenomenal success in 2017
Seni Teater Rakyat first debuted Fiery Family in 2014 Adam is about the dangerous time we live in, of suspicion
again with its sold out production of Family.
under the direction of multi-award winning director Dr. and fear of people and things we don’t know. It is about
Deric Gan. This one-act comedy was inspired by Tony compassion and strength, and how these qualities
T4YP 2018 is back with stories of growing up as a
Award-winner, Yasmina Reza’s Broadway black comedy can turn the bleakest days into one with light, even if
teenager in our country. TEENAGE DREAM explores the
“God of Carnage”. The production later toured to Perak it is just a faint one. Adam is about finding true love,
joys and heartache of being an adolescent through
as part of the L.E.D. Fiesta 2017 organised by UTAR. and knowing that we can be very lucky after all.
multiple devised stories and movement pieces.
Fiery Family 2.0 will be shorter, tighter and packed with ADAM The Musical was originally commissioned
more humour. The 60-minute comedy centres on a face- P E RFORMED P REDOMIN A NTLY IN ENGL ISH
by the Malaysian AIDS Foundation.
off between two couples who meet at a playground
to resolve a fight between their children. With the
pressure of parenting in Malaysia and the stress on P E RFORMED P REDOMIN A NTLY I N E NGL I S H
family life, this play will definitely resonate with local WITH SOME BAHASA MA L AYS I A
audiences and leave them with plenty of laughs.

AWARDS
- Best Costume Design, Styling & Make-Up
(Eugene Ng), BOH Cameronian Arts Award

P E RFOR MED IN MA NDA R I N WI T H
ENGL I SH S URT IT L ES
5 – 9 SEP 2018 7 – 9 DEC 2018 13 – 16 DEC 2018 This 1980s play written by Russian writer Lyudmila
Razumovskaya shook the world when it premiered.
Constellations The Odd Couple - Dear Elena Sergeevna It was also the first play Beijing-based Malaysian
director Dr. Deric Gan presented in Malaysia which
ROMAN C E
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Female Version 青春禁忌遊戲 went on to bag four awards including Best Director.
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Youth and innocence do not always go hand in
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WRI TTEN BY hand. The line between right and wrong is ever
so fine and all it takes is a little motivation for
Nick Payne T H E ACTO RS ST UDIO PRODUCT ION, 20 05 A DA P TATION P REMIE RED BY a person to cross over to the other side.
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Omar Ali WRIT T E N BY Exams are over and instead of feeling relieved, four
students are in a dilemma because they did not score
One relationship. Infinite possibilities.
Neil Simon WRITTEN BY well. Knowing that their poor results will jeopardise their
DIRE CT E D BY Lyudmila Razumovskaya future, they come up with a plan. The students pay a visit
to their teacher, Elena, on the pretense of celebrating
In the beginning Marianne and Roland meet at a party. Joe Hasham OAM A DA P TED & DIREC TED BY her birthday. In actual fact, they want to persuade her
They go for a drink, or perhaps they don’t. They fall
madly in love and start dating, but eventually they The Actors Studio’s production of Neil Simon’s hilarious
Dr. Deric Gan to hand over the key to the safe to change their test
scores. Soon, persuasion turns to bribery and then
break up. After a chance encounter in a supermarket comedy The Odd Couple – Female Version in 2005 was 《青春禁忌遊戲》是俄羅斯女作家柳德米拉•拉蘇莫夫斯卡 blackmail. Will Elena yield to the students’ request?
they get back together, or maybe they run into each an absolute hit. It starred the late Samantha Schubert,
other and Marianne reveals that she’s now engaged 雅Ludmilla Razumovskaya創作於20世紀80年代的一部有強
Bernie Chan, Elaine Daly, Sarah Shahrum, Chermaine 大力量和世界性影響的劇作。 《青春禁忌遊戲》的原名是
to someone else and that’s that. Or perhaps Roland Poo, Chacko Vadaketh and Sham Sunder Binwani. AWA RDS
is engaged. Maybe they get married, or maybe 《親愛的葉蓮娜•謝爾蓋耶夫娜》, 孤獨、憂鬱的數學女老 - Best Actor (Azov Sim), ADA Drama Award
their time together will be tragically short. 師葉蓮娜,怎麼也沒想到在這個悶熱的黃昏,四名熱情的 - Best Actress (Amelia Tan), ADA Drama Award
The Odd Couple – Female Version revolves around 學生會來為她慶祝幾乎淡忘了的生日,她更沒想到的是,
Florence who unexpectedly breaks up with her husband. - Best Director (Dr. Deric Gan), ADA Drama Award
Nick Payne’s Constellations is a play about free 燦爛的鮮花和香檳裡,藏匿著一場青春的“遊戲”。 - Best Lighting Design (Amelia Tan), ADA Drama Award
Despondent, she is determined to kill herself but is
will and friendship; it’s also about quantum saved by her friend Olive. With nowhere else to go,
multiverse theory, love, and honey. 遊戲緣於一把鑰匙,孩子們要藉用它打開存放考卷的保險
Florence is urged by Olive to move in with her, at 櫃,他們帶來了正確的答案,企圖調換,他們是即將畢業 P E RFORMED IN MA NDA RIN WI TH
least for a while. The only problem is that Florence 的高中學生,不理想的畢業考試成績將毀掉他們美好的未 ENGL ISH SURTITLES
P E RFOR MED IN ENGL I SH is anally retentive, neat, tidy and neurotic, whereas 來,而葉蓮娜老師恰好保管著鑰匙,可她拒絕交出…
Olive is slovenly, casual and an absolute slob.
女老師的理想主義情操和孩子們那與自身年齡不符的殘酷、
In adapting this script from the play that made his 冷漠之間,進行了一場叫人心寒的較量。殘酷的遊戲中,我
career, Neil Simon investigates the conditions of 們看見了軟語相求、搖尾乞憐、威逼利誘、粗暴搜查甚至犯
friendship minus testosterone. The end result is this 罪…有誰會相信,這一夜的爭鬥和折磨僅僅只是為了一枚小
rare, side-splitting version of two completely opposite 小的的鑰匙?當黎明的曙光劃破夜空,當孩子們心中罪惡
characters trying to share the same apartment. 的種子膨脹到了頂點時,終於,我們看見了善的迸進。

“If Broadway ever erects a monument
to the patron saint of laughter, Neil
Simon would have to be it.”

TIME Magazine

NOMINAT IONS
- Best Stage Design, BOH Cameronian Arts Award
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role,
BOH Cameronian Arts Award

PE RFO RME D IN E NGL IS H
22 – 31 MAR 2019 4 – 7 APR 2019 12 – 21 APR 2019 Thunderstorm is a drama about family, society and
corruption. Chou Pu-Yuan is the head of a wealthy,
Norm & Ahmed Don’t Let TAS Know Thunderstorm 雷雨 successful and seemingly happy household. But a storm
is gathering. For behind the veneer of respectability
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lies of a web of intrigue, and a dark family secret.
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of a familial drama riven by emotional
Alexander Buzo WO RLD PRE MIE RE and societal conflicts…”
WRITTEN BY
DI RE CT ED BY
Joe Hasham OAM PRODUCE D BY Tsao Yu Subhadra Devan, New Straits Times

Easee Gan DIREC TED BY
“Tsao Yu’s Thunderstorm as brought
T HE AC TO R S ST UDI O P ROD U C T I ON , 1 9 89 Dato’ Faridah Merican
From the same team that created Don’t Let to the klpac stage by Dato’ Faridah
“Well, Ahmed, I must say it’s been a pleasure to Shakespeare Know (2016) and Don’t Let Children 《雷雨》是一部以三十年代馬來亞社會為背景,敘述家庭矛盾 Merican is the ultimate drama. Thrills,
meet you and have this little talk. I mean, to reach Know (2017) comes another exciting installment 糾葛的悲劇。此劇環繞於兩個家庭、八個人物及三十年的恩
a common understanding. That’s what the world in this short play series slated for April 2019. 怨。劇中主人公周朴園經營礦場生意,是一名成功的社會人
chills and gasps galore fired up the
needs, I reckon, a bit of common understanding.” MUKA Space & The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat 士。他有權有勢,並擁有一個看似幸福美滿的家庭。一個個 audience as the denouement spiraled to
proudly present Don’t Let TAS Know which will 不可告人的家庭與身世秘密將會在雷雨之夜逐一被揭開。 its frantic, frenetic and fantastical end.”
Norm & Ahmed was The Actors Studio’s maiden feature a variety of short plays related to The Actors
production starring Mustafa Noor alongside Joe Hasham. Studio in conjunction with its 30th anniversary. Dato’ Faridah Merican’s love affair with Thunderstorm Fathimath Nuha, Theatrex Asia
It also marked Joe’s directorial debut in Malaysia. In Expect the unexpected as seven directors each spans more than three decades. She landed the title role
Faridah’s notes, she wrote “Hopefully, after ‘Norm and present their own take on The Actors Studio. Hence, of Fan Yi in a B.M. version called Ribut, directed by the
P E RFORMED IN CA NTONES E
Ahmed’ The Actors Studio will carry on.” Thus began The the title Don’t Let TAS Know because there will be late Mustaffa Noor in 1983. Then in 2001 she appeared in
Actors Studio’s journey in Malaysian performing arts. some risqué material too. The production aims to another production by Bob Hazli Hassan. In 2017, the grand
nurture, develop and celebrate Malaysian Theatre dame of Malaysian theatre took on the titan of Chinese
This 1968 play by Alexander Buzo quickly became among young Malaysian audiences and artists. drama by directing it in English for the very first time.
the talk of the town with its simple premise, hard-
hitting subject matter and shocking ending. The PE RFO RME D IN A MIX O F LANGUAGE S
two-hander revolves around a middle-aged war
veteran Norm and a Pakistani student Ahmed.

It is late and Ahmed is walking home alone. The streets
are deserted and, being new in foreign country, he is ever
so alert. Suddenly, a stranger appears out of nowhere
asking “Got a light?”. And thus begins a keen and tense
exchange between the two that explores the issues of
identity, cultural differences and acceptance, issues that
are still so relevant and pertinent in Malaysia today.

P E RFOR MED IN ENGL I SH
2 – 5 MAY 2019 27 – 30 JUN 2019 29 AUG – 1 SEP 2019 28 NOV – 1 DEC 2019
Merchant of Venice (BM) Stories for Amah Life Sdn Bhd: What Does The New Play Project
SHAK E S P EAR E / BAHASA MA L AYS I A
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DRAMA
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It Mean To Be Malaysian? P LAY / WORKSHOP
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TRUE STORIES
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A DAPTE D BY PRE MIE RE D BY T H E ACTO RS ST UDIO, 20 02 WORLD P REMIE RE
Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim DIREC TED BY
WRIT T E N BY DIREC TED BY
& Omar Ali Dato’ Faridah Merican
DI RE CT ED BY
Mark Beau de Silva Mark Beau de Silva
DIRE CT E D BY
Omar Ali Brainchild of Dato’ Faridah Merican, the very first Life Sdn.
The New Play Project is a project initiated by The Actors
Joe Hasham OAM Bhd. took place in 2004 where actors and non-actors
shared stories on issues that affect us living in Malaysia.
Studio which aims to bring to the fore a new wave of
Considered one of William Shakespeare’s greatest local story-tellers and playwrights to tell our stories.
Stories for Amah was first staged in 2002, to critical and Taglined “Real People, Real Stories”, the series has gone
comedies, The Most Excellent Historie of the Merchant
commercial acclaim. It was restaged a year later, again to on to shine the spotlight on a myriad of topics – some
of Venice was written between 1596 and 1599. Even Five contemporary playwrights have been selected to be a
full houses. lighter than others but all equally important – including
though it was classified as a comedy in the First Folio, part of the programme. Besides masterclasses with notable
breast cancer (2007), AIDS epidemic and people living
The Merchant of Venice (as it is more commonly theatre-makers and playwrights of our region, they have
Written by Mark Beau de Silva, the play centres on Ruth with HIV (2010), abuse (2011), refugees (2011), human
known) touches on sociopolitical themes. It is these worked tirelessly to get their scripts ready to be performed
de Souza, a young serani woman who is conflicted by trafficking (2012). Other installments include The Lighter
such concepts that the father-and-son duo behind and published in an anthology by The Actors Studio.
the Chinese upbringing on her mother’s side and the Side of Life (2013), Then+Now (2016) and People (2017).
Dato’ Seri (2016, 2018) and Kandang (2017) aim to
explore and adapt to a more ‘regional’ setting. Eurasian identity imposed on her by her father. Having One of these new plays will be staged in full under
just relocated to Kuala Lumpur, Ruth finds herself in this The 2019 edition, in conjunction with The Actors
the direction of klpac’s Writer / Director in-Residence
new place, fresh from the death of her grandmother, Studio’s 30th anniversary, brings it back full circle
The original play set in the 16th Century tells the Mark Beau de Silva while the other four plays
memories of her chilhood growing up in Kulim, then to the very first edition where real people shared
story of a merchant in Venice who has to default will be featured as professionally-directed
the barracks of PDRM with her strict policeman father real stories on what it means to be a Malaysian.
on a large loan from a Jewish moneylender to staged readings.
help a friend pursue his romantic interest. come flooding back - carving a different side of her
that was never shared with het Chinese grandmother. P E RFORMED IN ENGL ISH
P E RFOR MED IN BAHASA MA L AYS I A
This landmark Malaysian play that examines what it
is like and what it means to grow up as a ‘lain lain’ will
be revisted by its original director Joe Hasham.

NOMINAT IONS
- Best Actress (Mew Chang Tsing),
BOH Cameronian Arts Award
- Best Director (Joe Hasham), BOH Cameronian Arts Award
- Best Original Script (Mark Beau de Silva),
BOH Cameronian Arts Award
- Best Lighting Design (Tan Eng Heng),
BOH Cameronian Arts Award
- Best Set Design (Joe Hasham),
BOH Cameronian Arts Award

PE RFO RME D IN MANGL IS H
7 – 15 DEC 2019 This Robert Bolt classic enjoyed a successful run on
Broadway and was made into a film and television
19 – 22 DEC 2019 World War II is under way and Senior Sergeant
Vaskov finds himself unexpectedly stationed
A Man for All Seasons movie. The film won six Oscars, a Golden Globe
for Best Motion Picture – Drama as well as Best
The Dawns Here Are Quiet with a group of young female anti-craft gunners
in a remote place, far from the frontline.
C LASSI C / DR AMA
@pentas 2, klpac
Film and Best British Film at the BAFTA Awards. 這裡的黎明靜悄悄
One day, a female soldier spots two German paratroopers.
TRAGEDY / MA NDA RIN
The play is based on the true story of a man named Sir Vaskov and the five women launch a mission to stop the
@pentas 2, klpac
T HE AC TO R S ST UDI O P ROD U C T I ON , 2 014 Thomas More who refused to endorse King Henry VIII’s Germans. They pick a perfect defense position but are
wish to divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon so that he shocked to find that there actually sixteen paratroopers.
could re-marry. In the end, More paid dearly and sacrificed STAGE A DA P TATION P REMIE RED BY Dangerously outnumbered and without much hope of
WRI TTEN BY
high office, his position in society and, ultimately, his life. THE AC TORS STUDIO, 2 015 reinforcements, a deadly and heroic battle ensues.
Robert Bolt
DI RE CT ED BY NOMINAT IONS A DA P TED A ND DIREC TED BY AWA RDS
Joe Hasham OAM - Best Ensemble Performance, BOH Cameronian Arts Award
- Best Solo Performance (Jit Murad), Dr. Deric Gan
- Best Director (Dr. Deric Gan), BOH Cameronian Arts Award
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Paz Lim),
BOH Cameronian Arts Award BOH Cameronian Arts Award
The Actors Studio first presented A Man For All Seasons 恰逢2015年是世界反法西斯戰爭勝利70週年,木卡空間 - Best Costume Design, Styling & Makeup
in 1991 with Leslie Dawson as Sir Thomas More and Mano (Muka Space)與藝人館全民劇場 (The Actors Studio Seni
“ONE has to hand it to them. When it comes (Dominique Devorsine), BOH Cameronian Arts Award
Maniam as the King. Performed at the Old Town Hall, it also Teater Rakyat) 希望能夠通過優秀的反法西斯戰爭劇目,透 - Best Set Design (Zen Tan), BOH Cameronian Arts Award
featured Patrick Teoh as Cardinal Wolsley in his acting to staging slick productions, The Actors 過舞台呈現,引起更多人對於戰爭的反思。 《這裡的黎明靜 - Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ruby Yap),
debut, Eric Roslee as the Common Man, Kee Thuan Chye
as Cromwell, Gail Lyons as Alice More, Tiara Jaquelina as
Studio has it in the bag. Its latest A Man for 悄悄》是前蘇聯當代著名作家鮑里斯·瓦西里耶夫的代表作。 ADA Drama Award
這部小說通過一個淒美的故事,向人們展示戰爭對人,尤其是 - Best Director (Dr. Deric Gan), ADA Drama Award
Meg, the daughter and Ramli Hassan as Signor Chapuys. all Seasons, of course, is no exception.” 對婦女的摧殘,對美好生活和人類文明造成的災難,表達了強 - Best Set Design (Zen Tan), ADA Drama Award
烈的反法西斯和反侵略的主題思想和深刻的人性關懷主題。 - Best Lighting Design (Amelia Tan), ADA Drama Award
When The Actors Studio celebrated its 15th anniversary, Rubin Khoo, The Star, 2004
- Best Drama, ADA Drama Award
it re-staged the play at The Actors Studio @ BSC 劇情
starring Ari Ratos as Sir Thomas More, Zahim Albakri as PE RFO RME D IN E NGL IS H 故事發生在1942年夏天。瓦斯科夫準尉無奈接受了上級指派的兵
Cromwell, Susan Lankester as Alice More, Kurt Crocker P E RFORMED IN MA NDA RIN WI TH
力,帶領一班“不喝酒”的穿短裙女兵駐紮在一個小車站旁的村
as Norfolk, Kubhaer Jethwani as the Common Man, 子裡。車站周圍是戰略要地,敵機經常來轟炸或騷擾。但是女兵 ENGL ISH SURTITLES
Fahmi Fadzil as Richard Rich, Ben Tan as Wolsey, Reza 的到來卻給這個幾十戶人家的小村子帶來了一縷清新的氣息。
Zainal Abidin as Signor Chapuys, Jit Murad as The King,
Sharifah Aleya Al-Yahya as Margaret More, Kennedy In 2015, renowned director Dr. Deric Gan adapted
John Michael as Cranmer Keith Chin as Chapuys’s a 1972 Soviet war film based on Boris Vasilyev’s
attendant and Bregitta Wong as The Woman. novel for the stage. The film was nominated for
a Best Foreign Film Oscar and Deric’s adaptation
garnered critical acclaim and nine awards at the ADA
Drama Award and BOH Cameronian Arts Award.
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