LASALLE College of the Arts
Siti, a recent convert to Islam, is suddenly tasked with overseeing the funeral arrangements of her close friend and companion. Ahmad, a funeral director, is summoned to perform the last rites. As he learns more about Siti, he begins to question the true nature of the relationship between Siti and her friend. While funeral preparations are being made, a charming stranger – Zaki – arrives unexpectedly. He strikes up a conversation with Siti that gradually reveals his motives and her heartbreak.
Hawa is a play that dares to ask difficult questions about faith, love and sexuality. Even as Siti grieves for the deceased, she has to contend with the societal forces that threaten to deny her of her own existence.
Performed in English and Malay, with English surtitles.
Hawa was presented by Hatch Theatrics at the Singapore Theatre Festival 2016 as a Double-Bill with Riders Know When It's Gonna Rain.
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Written by Johnny Jon Jon
Directed by Faizal Abdullah
Lighting Designer Helmi Fita
Sound Designer Uzair Daud
Production Manager Xu Xin'en
Stage Manager Nadia Cheriyan
Producer Nur Khariyah
Koh Wan Ching
“Hawa is a breath-taking, beautiful and practical illustration of clashing cultures.”The Straits Times
“Hawa is an interesting look at religion, unafraid to ask difficult questions and come to its own conclusions about them. For the non-Muslim theatregoers, it also acts as brilliant exposure to Islamic culture and rituals, and is held together by a tragic central relationship that provides foundation for the script to bounce its ideas and questions off of… Hawa is one of the rare plays that takes a look at LGBT relationships facing the brunt of religion, and rarer still in an Islamic context. Kudos to Hatch Theatrics for producing such an insightful play.”Bakchormee Boy
“Hawa is striking in its portrayal of a fiercely independent Muslim woman, one who is unafraid to question her religious expectations and challenge the status quo… Riders and Hawa are important additions to the local theatrical canon, presenting alternative voices that one rarely gets a chance to engage with. These are flawed but deeply human characters whose stories deserve to be told.”Crystalwords