Have you planned your weekends yet? If you’ve been itching to watch a play in our theatres but couldn’t due to the pandemic, you can still support our local theatre scene via a new online digital platform Cloud Theatre.
PARAH, a play written by Alfian Sa’at, which is re-titled ‘Zoom’ PARAH goes online on Saturday, 25 July 2020 at 8pm and Sunday, 26 July 2020 at 3pm.
The show is re-titled because director Jo Kukathas and the cast featuring Iedil Dzuhrie Alaudin, Gregory Sze, Farah Rani and Branavan Aruljothi rehearsed the play via Zoom meetings from their own homes. While it was a new challenge rehearsing via video calls, they found that their performance became more intimate and they could communicate with the intense emotion and events of the play.
Zoom PARAH is a funny, provocative and moving play covering questions about friendship, race, nation and belonging. The theme of the story hits close to home for fellow Malaysians and it is a must-watch. This play helps to visualize how we can talk to others about race, re-evaluate the language and words we use in conversations, what have been passed down to the next generation and whether we can use words to heal.
Zoom PARAH tells the story of four friends: Melur, Kahoe, Mahesh and Hafiz who are Form 5 students studying in KL. The four best friends love to hang out at Melur’s house to just monkey around and even hold study sessions together.
However, their close friendship begins to fray when Mahesh sides with the Indian boys in his class in refusing to study the literature textbook, Interlok, on the grounds that it’s racist.
Mahesh tries his best to explain his position to his friends but this divides them even further. Every innocent thing from their beloved badminton to their jokey wordplay is seen through racial lens.
Without the vocabulary to interrogate the wounds of history, their lives are thrown into turmoil. Can their lifelong friendship survive this?
Tickets to show can be purchased via https://www.cloudtheatres.com/shows/zoom-parah and is on a ‘pay as you like basis’ at RM5, RM10, RM30, RM50 and RM100.
5% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Pet Adoption Network Malaysia for their rescue and rehoming work.
Parah by Alfian Sa’at
Produced by The Instant Café Theatre Company
Director: Jo Kukathas
Producer: Tan Cher Kian
Actors: Iedil Dzuhrie Alaudin, Gregory Sze, Farah Rani and Branavan Aruljothi