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July 2015 || Issue No. 26

Singapore and Malaysia - Reunited!

Dear friends and W!LD RICE Angels,

After months of cross-country planning and preparation and a sold-out run in KL, Another Country finally opened last week. It has been profoundly moving and meaningful to bring this show home, completing the circle and expanding the conversation to audiences here. We are so gratified by the warm and thoughtful responses to the show that we have since received from critics, theatre-goers and students.

Another Country is, truly, a labour of love. Everyone involved in this production has felt it: the love for our neighbouring countries and our own, the love of our literary and theatrical traditions, and the love we feel at every performance from our audiences. It’s hard to put a finger on on it, but the word ‘sayang’ comes to mind. To quote Gopal Bharatham, whose text “Sayang” is performed in the show, “It describes a love bound to sadness, a tenderness trembling on the edge of tears, a passion from which pity could not be detached.”

In this issue, four of our cast members – Singapore’s Janice Koh and Gani Karim, and Malaysia’s Sharifah Amani and Alfred Loh – share their insights and experiences on working on, in and with Another Country. We also share an album of the Gala Opening, where we were able to personally meet and thank our sponsors and supporters, as well as the writers who contributed their wonderful words to the show.

In other news, young & W!LD is busily preparing for its final showcase, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and we check in with one of its members, Matthew Fam, a young talent to watch out for.

Enjoy W!LD TIMES, and see you at the theatre!

My best,

Hot Off The Press!

Rising to the Occasion

Talk about rising to the occasion! After Lydia Look suffered an injury during rehearsals, Janice Koh bravely stepped into Another Country – barely two weeks before the show opened in KL. She chats with us about hitting the ground running, and the understanding that develops when you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. Read more...

An Explosion of Love

Sharifah Amani has been a professional actor for ten years – you might recognise her from such iconic Malaysian films as Sepet and popular TV shows like Emil Emilda. Her work has garnered Amani plenty of critical acclaim, as well as a loyal fan following to the tune of a quarter million followers on her Instagram account. And yet, with all her experience in the industry, Another Country is like nothing she has ever done before. Sharifah chats with us about the challenges, lessons and love she’s encountered in Another Country [Instagram]. Read more...

Coming Full Circle

Another Country isn’t just another show to Gani Karim, who was one of the original cast members of Second Link. It’s clearly a highlight in a long and varied career in the theatre industry. Gani chats with us about coming full circle with a show that, ten years on, is still teaching him new things about himself and his craft. Read more...

National Service with a Smile!

Malaysian actor Alfred Loh would not ordinarily consider himself to be patriotic. But he’s found that performing in Another Country might well be his version of national service. Alfred shares with us his thoughts on this labour of love, as well as its importance and value as a piece of theatre.

In Other News...

United Nations

Re-live with us the magic of our Gala Night for Another Country!

young & W!LD: Matthew Fam

Actor and writer Matthew Fam chats with us about his passion for arts education.
Find out more...

Seeking volunteers for A Midsummer Night's Dream!

Want to help out with front-of-house duties?

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