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!