22(Sat) September 2018, 20:00 Open Studio and Showcase

Indonesia/Malaysia Play-Reading Exchange

Directed by: Khairunazwan Rodzy (Revolution Stage, Kuala Lumpur)
Gunawan Maryanto (Indonesian Dramatic Reading Festival, IDRF, Yogyakarta)

Performers: Farah Rani
Fazleena Hishamuddin
Mohammad Faiz
Nabil Zakaria
Sandee Chew
Taufiq Izmir

This is a highlight of Jejak-旅 ‬Tabi Exchange KL where for new writings for the stage is celebrated‭. ‬It is also collaborative exchange between ASWARA Theatre Faculty and Indonesian Dramatic Reading Festival‭ (‬IDRF‭), ‬Malaysian writings will be directed by an‭ ‬Indonesian theatre director and vice-versa‭. ‬The carefully selected plays underline the similarities as much as the differences‭ ‬of both neighbouring societies as seen through the lens of new generation of playwrights‭. ‬These emergent plays are carefully selected to reflect on shared realities between these two neighbouring societies‭. ‬Current issues are intersected even if contexts of the experiences are different‭. ‬

Featured Plays‭:‬

Kawan Tidur

by Hanna Fransisca‭ (‬Indonesia‭) ‬

Kurator Dapur‭ ‬

by Ridhwan Saidi‭ (‬Malaysia‭) ‬

Sepanjang Hayat‭ ‬

by Fa Abdul Karim‭ & ‬Matthew Koh‭ (‬Malaysia‭) ‬

Kenapa Tak Tukar Nama‭?‬‭ ‬

by Syafiq Syazim‭ & ‬Yiky Chew‭  (‬Malaysia‭) ‬

Artist Profile

Hanna Fransisca was born in Singakawang, West Kalimantan. Now living in Jakarta, she is active in various socio-cultural activities that present the richness of Chinese-Indonesian culture. She has written several collections of short stories and poetry. She has also been named Outstanding Writer by Tempo magazine in 2010 for her collection Konde Penyair Han.

Ridhwan Saidi is a Malaysian novelist and playwright. His series of short plays, “Teater Modular” was produced to critical acclaim; described as “politics, sex and religion existing in harmony” and “absurd and weirdly sexy”. Ridhwan also runs an indie publishing house, Moka Mocha Ink which focuses on contemporary Malay fiction. He is part of the LiteraCity research team, a literary mapping project of Kuala Lumpur. Ridhwan has taken part in residencies such as the Makassar International Writers Festival 2017 and Georgetown Literary Festival 2018. He established KAOS NOL in Kuala Lumpur, an open collective for theatre-making or art and theatre-related activism.

Fa Abdul is a professional juggler. She juggles between her roles as a mother, daughter, sister and a friend; between her jobs as a columnist, media trainer, producer, director, playwright and a scriptwriter; between her fantasy as a queen, warrior and a jester. And when she’s not doing all that, Fa often hides from the world, trying to figure out what else she’d like to juggle. She is currently working on her first photo exhibition and at the same time trying to complete her first book (while secretly eyeing to venture into the advertising industry).

Matthew Koh has three ‘T’s in his life: teaching, travelling and theatre. He has a keen interest in the human condition, which explains his dabbling in the fields of psychology, sociology, communication, and law. He prefers to be in a class filled with teenagers hungry for knowledge than to be in an office filled with adults hungry for profit. He would choose an overnight sleeper bus ride because ‘that’s how ya meet the real people...” He loves to laugh especially over sensitive jokes, and hates people who are especially sensitive about jokes.

Syafiq Syazim is a theater director, scenographer, educator and researcher on Malaysian theatre. Currently based in Kuala Lumpur, he has graduated Bachelor’s Degree in directing from the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA). He has won many awards for his directing, scenography, and performance in 2017 and 2018 in Malaysia Theatre Festival and University of Malaya Theatre Carnival. He has also undergone many theatre workshops including Noh Theatre Workshop at Kyoto University of Art and Design (KUAD) Japan, Lecoq Techniques at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Singapore. Currently he’s doing Master’s Degree in Performing Arts at University of Malaya.

Performance Schedule

22(Sat) September 2018, 20:00


Black BOX, Academi Seni Budaya Dan Warisan Kebangsaan(ASWARA)