January 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm
‘Parah‘ tells the story of four Form 5 students who are studying in Kuala Lumpur. Melur, Hafiz, Mahesh and Kahoe are the best of friends despite coming from different races. They absolutely love hanging out together and can often be found at Melur’s house, either studying or just spending time together. These four youngsters are the epitome of the ’1Malaysia’ concept that everyone has been trying to nurture among the youths today.
One day, Melur discovered that a page from a literature novel belonging to her mother had been torn out. Curious to find out who did it, she approached her three friends but to no avail as all of them denied doing the deed. Piqued by Melur’s insistence on finding out the truth, the boys also become curious as to the contents of the torn page from the novel entitled ‘Interlok‘. The four find themselves bombarded with many questions as they dig further, questions that touches their personal identities. What power does a word have in shaping reality? Is civic nationalism possible in any society that is obsessed with race?
This play is inspired by Yasmin Ahmad’s final film, ‘Talentime‘, as well as Abdullah Hussein’s novel, ‘Interlok‘. A funny, provocative and moving production, the play asks urgent questions about love, home and belonging. ‘Parah‘ is presented by Instant Cafe Theatre Company and will be staged from 1st till 6th February 2012 at Pentas 2, Ground Floor, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. Performances are scheduled as below:-
1st till 6th February 2012 at 8.30 pm AND 4th 5th February at 3.00 pm
Tickets are priced at RM 38 (flat rate) for shows on Wednesdays AND RM 48 for shows on Thursdays to Sundays. The play is performed in Bahasa Malaysia with English surtitles. For more information, please call Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre @ Sentul Park at 03 4047 9000 or The Actors Studio @ Lot 10 at 03 2142 2009 / 2143 2009.