Author: Sukhbir Cheema

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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Into the Woods becomes 2016’s Best Overall Production!

Image credit: PAN Productions PAN Productions’ musical theatre Into the Woods emerged as the Best Overall Production for 2016 at the 14th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards last night, beating five other theatre productions! Directed by Nell Ng, the musical was an adaptation of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy-tale by Stephen Sondheim, known as the godfather of musical theatre. Meanwhile, Dr. Deric Gan became the Best Director for a consecutive year following his meticulous direction for Richard III. The play, which was staged at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) in December 2016 was presented by The Actors Studio Seni...

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Enlightening guilt and regret through Tsao Yu’s Thunderstorm

All images credit: Joshua Teo  Thunderstorm (or in Chinese, 雷雨 Léiyǔ) might have been written during the infamous Chinese weepies era of the 1930’s, but the play itself has reached a legendary status – almost cult-like – to a certain extent among the East Asian literary and performing arts circles. As a testament, all four days of Tsao Yu’s Thunderstorm, directed by Faridah Merican were sold out before the curtains could even open here at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. Though the show in itself might have received mixed reviews, I found the entire play, which was punctuated with one...

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may, 2017

2may - 7may 28:30 pmmay 7Shakespeare Demystified: MACBETH

5may - 7junmay 58:30 pmjun 7Ballet Illuminations

6may8:30 pmODE TO PEACE 乐韵 •新颂

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