Author: Sukhbir Cheema

Joe Hasham’s adaptation of Betrayal will leave you theorising at the end

Stephanie Van Driesen is Emma in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. All images credit: klpac Convincing is the word to describe Joe Hasham’s recent stage play, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac). Undoubtedly, it was a challenging production for three reasons; Pinter’s economical dialogue that left a vast room for interpretion of the script, staging an additional show in Bahasa Malaysia and thirdly, which in my opinion is the toughest, the fact that the first scene began in the year 1977 and ends in 1968. A nine-year progression of a story in reverse! With a strong cast comprising Stephanie...

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Extra characters are set to take centre stage in Zunar’s latest book

All images credit: Zunar Cartoonist Fan Club Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar is set to launch his latest cartoon book this week! Titled, “TWIT TWIT, CIN CIN”, the title is derived from the tiny extra characters or symbolism that the cartoonist has been known to insert into his satire pieces frequently. “Twit-Twit and Cin Cin are two unique, prominent extra characters that appear in my cartoons everyday. “Even though they are small in size, but they carry strong reminders to the people in a country dubbed as Kangkong Land,” Zunar says through a press statement on his website today. He adds...

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A Sarawakian artist is behind these dreamy mermaid artworks

Artwork by Ellie Yong When legendary animator Tom Bancroft issued a challenge last year to artists to draw mermaids everyday for the month of May, little did he realise that the challenge would become an annual global affair. Dubbed #MerMay, the challenge is now in its second year and there is a possibility it might be the next big thing after #Inktober. In Malaysia, there is one artist who has been drawing gorgeous mermaids diligently everyday this entire month. A post shared by Ellie Yong (@elliethopia) on May 9, 2017 at 8:41pm PDT A post shared by Ellie Yong (@elliethopia)...

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Battle Bloom’s debut album is the best antidote this rainy season!

(from left) Dianne Lim, Melissa Toh, Ryan Lee Bhaskaran and Fariz Salleh of Battle Bloom. All images credit: Battle Bloom Very few local bands can create music befitting for those who just want to unwind and relax after a hard day’s work. Battle Bloom is one of these remarkable bands. I was recently provided a sneak peak of their debut album, “Maps and Diagrams”, a gorgeous collage of lush harmonies representing the different phases of the band’s life as they sought their “sound” in their 10-year journey together. That’s right. The band members, Fariz Salleh (Guitar), Melissa Toh (Vocals) and Dianne Lim (Vocals/Keys) have...

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Why is Joe Hasham staging Harold Pinter’s Betrayal in Malay?

“This is set to be the most challenging production of my life,” Joe Hasham tells me as he motions me to sit in his cosy office at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac). I sat down and studied Joe for a bit. Here was a man who has had close to 50-years of experience as an actor, director and producer of numerous theatre productions and commercials – not to mention he was also the world’s first gay character in Australia’s longest serial, Number 96 – and he’s telling me this particular play is challenging? I suppose he had seen my reaction...

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