A big congratulations to @teaterekamatra on their Dirty Thirty celebrations! It’s been quite a while since I left the theatre having enjoyed a production as much as I was provoked by it. Last night’s staging of ‘Tiger of Malaya’ by my all time favourite playwright @alfiansaat did just that. Wonderful wonderful multi-racial/lingual/cultural cast. So beautiful to watch, and delightful to hear different languages sharing one space. It was also lovely to come together to celebrate a theatre company that turns 30. Not just any theatre company but one where I had spent my youth. A bunch of us looked through a pile of old photos, reminiscing days in TAPAC, laughing at memories of wonky doors that opened to rehearsal spaces - spaces that have held secrets that only rehearsal rooms keep. 30 years in the arts scene and standing tall is no easy feat. What a milestone. Here is a company that saw itself through dark, even painful, days, where survival was, at one (perhaps more) point in time, questionable. But the people in Teater Ekamatra, year after year, never bowed to defeat. They fought and continue to fight for a voice that only theatre can amplify.
I sincerely hope Teater Ekamatra continues to do what it does best - make good theatre. Because we know what good theatre does and we must not ever let the good work we do stop. But like all good work, they need your support. And support can come in many many ways. To begin, please catch the play. It runs till the 23rd of September. And while you are at it, grab yourself some merchandise in support of the fund raising initiative that has already begun. The company has big plans to move forward (though I am secretly wishing they bring Pesta Peti Putih back because... where do I even begin... we have so so much to do to groom young, school-going, aspiring artists - how and where do you think most of us started, right?). And this can only happen with the support of people who believe in the arts. Teater Ekamatra seeks to raise $30,000. It’s a humble ask, really. And I hope my friends here can help them. Happy 30th, Teater Ekamatra. #ekamatra30 #tigerofmalaya #ekadirtythirty