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June 2015 || Issue No. 25

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!

My best,

Hot Off The Press!

Write On!

Another Country is a celebration of the words, wisdom and writers of Singapore and Malaysia. We spoke to Alfian Sa’at and Leow Puay Tin, our curators/playwrights, about the texts they selected and what Another Country says about Singapore, Malaysia and ourselves.

Identity Crisis

Art always challenges us to think about ourselves and who we are – something Siti Khalijah felt particularly keenly during rehearsals for Another Country. Siti chats with us about the challenges she encountered as a Singaporean actor looking for meaning and identity in the words of a Malaysian writer. Read more...

One And The Same

Part of the original cast of Second Link, Lim Yu-Beng has uncovered new meanings and fresh insights in working on Another Country. He chats with us about his own profound ties to Malaysia and the notion that, for all our differences, we really are one and the same in the end.

Speaking With Many Voices

In 2004, Malaysian actor Anne James joined the cast of Riding The Nice Bus – a bilateral text exchange between artists from Singapore and Malaysia. Returning over a decade later for a revamped production based on the original concept, Anne chats with us about the babel of voices and points of view that make up Another Country. Read more...

Connecting The Dots

Fresh off his Singapore stage debut in Public Enemy, Ghafir Akbar is again heading into new territory with W!LD RICE. He chats with us about the intense rehearsal process and explains how he and the Malaysian cast are working on connecting the dots scattered throughout Another Country.

In Other News...

Let's Not Be Strangers

From KL, Pang Khee Teik shares some thoughts on Another Country.

Re-visit Geylang with us!

young & W!LD's second showcase was a smash hit!

young & W!LD: Sarah Chua

Actor and set designer Sarah Chua chats with us about what she learnt from Geylang!
Find out more...

Seeking volunteers for Another Country!

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

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