The recently concluded 2017 inaugural season of ‘Wayang diSINKEH’ in Penang comprises monologues and duologue developed by local practitioners based in Penang from local stories and themes. All performances were held at the dedicated studio for the arts and award-winning SINKEH Guesthouse in George Town. The studio is supported by revenue from the guesthouse, providing it with a sustained income stream for arts programming, human resource training, management and maintenance.
In an effort to promote exchange and discussion between the performing arts scene in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Five Arts Centre is happy to present 2 monologues from the series, in a special double-bill offering of ‘Wayang Dari SINKEH’!
Performed in Mandarin and Hokkein with English surtitles
MONOLOGUE 1 : A COMPLETE WOMAN
Written by: Suzanne Teoh
Performed by: Suzanne Teoh
Directed by: Chee Sek Thim
A mother writes to her daughter on the eve of her marriage, offering timely advice and sharing her own experiences of marriage and childbirth. The monologue uses a range of Chinese dialects to animate the characters that inhabit the mother’s universe as she manoeuvres the complex network of opinions, tradition and conscience while making some important choices in life.
Suzanne is a graduate of the Taipei National University of the Arts. Since returning to Malaysia in 2008, she has been actively performing and directing in George Town’s Chinese language theatre community.
Chee Sek Thim
Sek Thim is a theatre director and actor based in George Town, Penang. He has been involved in the performing arts in Malaysia since 1991, working closely with many esteemed luminaries in Malaysia’s theatre scene, including dancer/choreographer Marion D’Cruz, and Malaysia’s theatre doyen, the late Krishen Jit. Sek Thim is a member of Kuala Lumpur-based Five Arts Centre, a theatre collective of practitioners, producers and educators.
MONOLOGUE 2 : THE STORYTELLER
Written by: Lim Chung Wei & Wong Lay Chin
Performed by: Lim Chung Wei
Directed by: Wong Lay Chin
Follow one man’s journey as he confronts the unspoken truth that had shaped the lives of his family. As the monologue unfolds, we learn through the lens of each one of the family members, of the kind of power that the trauma has had over their emotional and psychological wellbeing.
Lim Chung Wei
Chung Wei graduated with a BA in Performing Arts from USM, Penang, majoring in Theatre and Drama. He has worked in theatre-in-education, youth theatre and cultural heritage projects. Currently, He is teaching Drama to children in Shanghai.
Wong Lay Chin
A graduate of the Taipei National University of the Arts, Lay Chin has made a mark on the Penang theatre scene with her work that aims for a more accurate reflection of the local community. Her interest has led her to experiment with mixing different languages and dialects within a single piece of work. She is also interested in looking for ways to make theatre relevant for a younger audience.
DATE & TIMES:
16 – 18 Nov, 8.30pm (3 shows)
Entry by Donation:
RM15 (students & senior citizens)
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