Film, TV + Theatre

6 Reasons to make your way to the theatre this month


By Su Fen Tan

6 Reasons to make your way to the theatre this month

13 – 16 and 19 – 23 June, Dust: a devised work on death, grief & life @ Kotak, Five Arts Centre

A multi-lingual play directed by Esther Liew, Dust is an exploration of mortality and how different people deal with it. Conceived through the stories and imaginations of five performers who have been deeply impacted by experiences and questions of death, grief, and life, this 90-minute production fuses theatrical storytelling with expressive visual and auditory montage to portray its reflective, intimate subject.

For ticketing and more information, visit the event page.

15 June – 5 July, The Phantom of the Opera @ Istana Budaya

Yes, The Phantom of the Opera finally makes its premiere in Malaysia! In case you missed it, we had a chat with the lead cast here, unraveling the layers of lessons one can takeaway from this enduring musical. It’s not everyday you get to see a world-renown production being staged in KL, so be sure to catch it while you can—it is Broadway’s longest-running show for good reason.

For ticketing and more information, visit the website.

19 June, 東西之戰 The War @ DPAC

Experience the age-old form of musical theatre that is Chinese Opera. For one night only, Kam Sin Kiew Art Crew presents The War, a tale of two ruling families from the East and West who come into conflict—until the government and great general step in to restore peace.

For more information, visit the event page.

21 & 22 June, Theatre in Hotel @ Hotel Sun Lun Yik, Seremban

If you were thinking of taking a drive out of town to Seremban for the weekend, make time for this site-specific theatre performance. There is a catch: four short plays – A Grinder’s Diaries, Martha Goes: To Work, 52 Blue, The Paper Prince) will be performed at different spaces in the old hotel at the same time. Each play will be performed twice, so you can randomly choose a maximum of two plays to watch in one night.

For more information, visit the event page.

27 – 30 June, Stories for Amah @ KLPac

Stories for Amah revolves around Ruth de Souza, a young serani woman who finds herself conflicted by the Chinese upbringing on her mother’s side and Eurasian identity imposed on her by her father. This landmark play exploring what it means to grow up as a “lain lain” first made waves when it debuted in 2002 (pictured in the article cover image above), garnering five nominations at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards. Director Joe Hasham will once again be in the director’s chair for this restaging.

For ticketing and more information, visit the website.

27 – 30 June, The Penang Riots @ GMBB Gallery

Liver & Lung’s latest production will bring the audience back on a journey to 19th-century Malaya, tackling the Penang Hokkien high life and the George Town riots of 1867 through the eyes of its three main characters: Lady Hwang (played by Singapore actress Cheryl Tan), Opal (Melissa Ong from Ola Bola) and a Eunuch (Phraveen Arikiah). An immersive three-act musical, the show weaves a historical narrative together with original music inspired by Chinese opera and the dulcet tones of early technicolour cinema.

For ticketing and more information, visit the website.

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