Hi all! You may not know but I’ve been involved in Malay theatre this year, I joined a youth theatre group called Mereka (“they” or “create” in Malay) and it’s been a real blast learning about different aspects of theatre. Mereka is a like the little sibling of Teater Ekamatra, which is an established Malay theatre group responsible for amazing productions like Nadirah and Bilik Ahmad Berdaki.
Next week, Teater Ekamatra will be putting up what is their grandest and most ambitious production to date. Merah Pawana is an outdoor production which marries the best of Malay music, dance and culture. It explores the idea of the Malay identity and portrays a time before Islam came to be closely associated with the culture.
I had the pleasure of catching the preview of Merah Pawana along with erfen and Musxzart and managed to record a short preview for you!
This was taken at their rehearsal venue but I can’t wait to catch it with all the set and costumes! Even the venue is deliberate, as Fort Canning houses the Iskandar Shah Shrine, believed to be the burial site of Raja Iskandar Shah, the last of five kings to rule Singapore in the 14th century. The venue was chosen to echo the sense of royalty and mythicism that the play is grounded upon.
Also, I took photos with the dancers hehehe.
I’m really looking forward to catching the production! It will be staged every night from 18-21 Nov at the Fort Canning Gate. You can get your tickets here.