Cross-Country Road Trip
Dear friends and W!LD RICE Angels,
Another Country will be opening in KL tomorrow, before transferring to Singapore later this month. It’s been a thrilling ride of growth and discovery, especially over the last few days. After rehearsing separately for weeks in Taman Tun (KL) and Little India (Singapore), the Malaysian and Singapore casts finally came together as one company. We shared and performed our work for one another. We laughed, we cried, we danced and talked. And then we ate together. Now, we’re about to put up a show together.
Our past few weeks of living and breathing – first, metaphorically and, now, literally as well – in Another Country have been such a beautiful, eye-opening experience. In this SG50 year, when Singapore is gearing up to celebrate everything that makes us different and special, this production has reminded us that we still share so much with our cousins who live on the opposite side of the Causeway. For all that keeps us apart – from geography and history, to politics and polemics – we remain united by the humanity that is common to us all. We are different, but essentially the same.
In this issue, we invite you to explore Another Country with us. Find out how Alfian Sa’at and Leow Puay Tin, our curators/playwrights, selected the texts in the show from the vast array of writing available to them. Check in with our actors – Siti Khalijah and Lim Yu-Beng from Singapore, and Anne James and Ghafir Akbar from Malaysia – who have, as is often the case, learnt a great deal about themselves while living and working in Another Country. Last, but certainly not least, we check in with our young & W!LD ensemble following the sold-out success of their second showcase, Geylang.
Enjoy W!LD TIMES, and see you at the theatre!