Shakespeare Goes Bollywood – Brings Back Hindustani Magic
Shakespeare Goes Bollywood brings back the amazing flavour of Hindustani magic through stories, music and dance. This light-hearted spin on Shakespeare presented by The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat and produced by Big Nose Productions will premiere at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) from 15 to 18 September 2016.
No stranger in the local arts scene, long-time collaborators director / co-scriptwriter Matthew Koh and co-producer / co-scriptwriter Fa Abdul join hands once again. Shakespeare Goes Bollywood weaves stories of love, betrayal, defeat and revenge, into a seamless tale of Shakespearean proportion, but with a Bollywood flavour.
The play begins with the thirteen-year-old Savitri, meeting Chachaji, a wandering storyteller who trades stories for rupees. Through Chachaji’s narration, Savitri is transported to the holy city of Varanasi during the last days of the Delhi Sultanate to witness a tale of inter-religious love and all the complications that follow.
From the ill-fated love affair between Raghuman, son of a goat herder and Jyothi, daughter of a money lender, to the manipulation of Kapulasundaraja, by his facially unappealing greedy daughters, Gunguna and Rajee; to the revenge-driven saga of an orphaned son, Billu, Shakespeare Goes Bollywood is an extravagant tale made into an extravagant production.
Shakespeare Goes Bollywood boasts a cast of 16 starring none other than famed actor Chacko Vadaketh as well as a whole host of talents including Sangheetaa Phary (Miss Malaysia Indian Global 2013), Lavinya Kalai Chelvan, Mithran Balakrishnan, Narinder Kaur, Tilottama Pillai, Abigail Sharmini Abisegam, Suhunaraj Shanmugam and many more.
Audiences will be transported to an altogether different time and place with the help of award-winning set designer Zen Lin Tan, lighting designer Yusman Mokhtar, Sound Designer Khairil Imran and Costume Designer Dominique Devorsine. The foot-stomping numbers true to Bollywood’s style will be choreographed by Afham Zainal Abidin.
After a year of serious Shakespeare plays, it is time to let your hair down with a good dose of Bollywood drama, music and dance.
Tickets are on sale from 1st August 2016 and are priced at RM45 for adults and RM35 for students, disabled, senior citizens and TAS card member. Purchase can be made online at www.ticketpro.com.my or via the klpac Box Office by calling 03-4047 9000.
|Show Title||Shakespeare Goes Bollywood|
|Presented by||The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat|
|Produced by||Big Nose Productions|
|15 September 2016 @ 8.30pm
16 September 2016 @ 8.30pm
17 September 2016 @ 8.30pm
18 September 2016 @ 3.00pm
|Venue||Pentas 1, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac)
Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, 51100 Kuala Lumpur
|Ticket Price||RM45 / RM35 (senior citizens, disabled & TAS cardmembers and students)|
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Executive Producer – Dato’ Faridah Merican
Artistic Director – Joe Hasham OAM
Director / Co-Scriptwriter – Matthew Koh
Co-Producer / Co-Scriptwriter – Fa Abdul
Choreographer – Afham Zainal Abidin
Set Designer – Zen Lin Tan
Lighting Designer – Yusman Mokhtar
Sound Designer – Khairil Imran
Costume Designer – Dominique Devorsine
Principals Chackho Vadaketh as Chachaji
Lavinya Kalai Chelvan as Savitri
Mithran Balakrishnan as Raghuman
Sangheetaa Phary as Jyothi
Narinder Kaur as Kapulasundaraja
Tilottama Pillai as Rajee
Abigail Sharmini Abisegam as Gunguna
Suhunaraj Shanmugam as Billu
Ensemble Nisya Aziz
Fara Nabira Ruslizan
Shahrul Anwar Sallehuddin
Riena Aisya Rinaldi
Perassath Servai A/L Vedagiri
Mia Sabrina Mahadir
Matthew Koh (Director / Co-Scriptwriter)
There are three T’s in Matt’s life: teaching, travelling and theatre. He has a keen interest in the human condition, which explains his dabbling in the fields of psychology, sociology, communication, and law. He prefers to be in a class filled with teenagers hungry for knowledge than to be in an office with adults hungry for profit. He would choose an overnight sleeper bus ride over a night’s stay in a hotel because “that’s how ya meet the real people…” He loves to laugh especially over sensitive jokes, and hates people who are especially sensitive about jokes. He secretly wishes that Puchong will become more like Mont Kiara so that he has access to a wider array of international cuisines. What else, what else? He is of the opinion that puppies are the answer to all issues, posits that YOLO does not apply to those who believes in reincarnation, and absolutely detest writing about himself as the third person for a bio write-up.
Oh, he hates beansprouts.
Fa Abdul (Co-Producer / Co-Scriptwriter)
Fa is a passionate storyteller, a columnist, producer, playwright, media trainer, blogger, photographer, Facebooker and a queen. She is well-known for her charm, sarcasm and occasional foul mouth. She is a complex individual who gets bored easily, which explains why she is a certified loner. A management accountant who made a U-turn in life to pursue her dream, Fa is a strong advocate in positive thinking and believes nothing is impossible.
Her ultimate mission in life is to heal the world. But first, she needs a nap.