Being a Malaysian, you kind of support your own countrymen for doing the things they do.
Hmmm? Not true?
Maybe that applies to me lah. ‘Cept that I’m never too hot about government stuff. Too sien adi. I used to be very passionate about abolishing national service. I remember back in form5 I’d scan the newspaper every single day and slowly see the national service plan slowly creeping out of it’s shell….coming to life..and I’d shed tears of worry.Â BUT NATIONAL SERVICE IS FUN!!(though I don’t want to go again). Not as bad as I thought it was. Silly 16 year old me.
But I especially support the local theater scene because god knows how many articles and interviews I’ve read about them complaining about how it doesn’t exactly brings in the cash but it is their love for the arts that keeps them going. See how I’ve pimped The Homecoming on my side bar? Don’t know if it’s working or not.
Thespians are people who are in the theatre scene. I’ve just learnt that word from an aspiring thespian, namely, Mr. Reuben Kang, myÂ friend and car-pool-Aunty-when-I-was-9-years-old punya son.
There is an intriguing ensemble of people putting up a play in about three weeks’ time. The Oral Stage is a non-profit theatre company for aspiring young thespian and they’ve got aÂ play called “Rojak!” coming up!
We’ve all seen the success of Hip Hopera by the Society of Performing Arts, Taylor’s College back in 2004.(Of which I was their make up artist.. here’s a link. One more. Oh, and one more. Photos now require special techniques to be viewed. Read my side bar on how to viewÂ it).
Heck, even my standard 6 classmate Kyle who played the Ah Beng Derek became quite a celebrity at college because of it. (“If youÂ donno what you saying then you just up, donno don tok! If you donno wat you saying then you don tok cock, donno don tok!”)
So yeah! I have faith in theatre productions by college students. 🙂 I can relate better.
“Rojak!” seems like an interesting blend of skits with a random range of themes.
Besides, how much more Malaysian can you get with a title like “Rojak!”? Aptly described by their blog, “”ROJAK!” is an original blend of shorts and
monologues, tossed with a spoonful of youth and matters close to our hearts.
From happy families, sudden deaths, sinking boats to talking mannequins,
ROJAK! is dark, gooey and pedas as we Malaysians like it. Every serving includes a generous portion of nuts, on the house.”
If you’re not familiar with their works, here’s a good start: Eight: (insert witty tagline here). It was a play they produced last year and interestingly enough it was acted out by an 8-members-cast. Each asking questions like, “What if you stay in KL for too long?” and other pressing questions.
If there is one thing I like more about plays, it would be plays produced by people my own age. But according to Reuben, 40 year old people also can watch. No problem.
I like the way he put it.. “We are students by day, thespians by night.”
Apparently they will also do more pimping in the casts’ old secondary schools. Sorta like bullying them into going for their play. Hahaha. So cute. If you think your schools need some young faces to cheer up your boring Monday assemblies rather than those sien salesmen with educational books…drop them a line at their website with an invite lah:)
And best of all, they’ll be performing at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre!! How cool is that wei?!!? I want to goOOoooOOo!!! Besides, it’s only RM17.
It’ll be on 13th – 16th April. Unfortunately, I have exams. But Reuben heboh and said that if FULL HOUSE, they’ll have an encore performance and then I can attend. YAYY.
Now, Reuben, where’s my free ticket?:P