klpac reopens with 'Experiencing Usman Awang' tribute show

It will present and explore some of the late poet and National Laureate's most-loved works.

Omar Ali will be reciting the 1984 "Beli Buatan Malaysia" (All photos: KL Performing Arts Centre)

The KL Performing Arts Centre is reopening its doors this month to all patrons of the arts who are fully vaccinated, just in time for co-founder and executive producer Datuk Faridah Merican’s birthday.

In line with all safety procedures, klpac has put in place comprehensive measures to keep everyone safe, including vaccination verification and health status screening, compulsory mask-wearing, pre- and post-show Covid-19 testing for the cast and crew, physical distancing measures and sanitisation and disinfection of the entire theatre.

Tickets are now on sale for Experiencing Usman Awang, a tribute to the renowned poet, playwright, novelist, National Laureate and dear friend of Faridah and her husband Joe Hasham, klpac’s artistic director.

Directed by Faridah, it will present and explore some of the late Usman’s most-loved works, which revolve around love, compassion, unity and the spirit of togetherness, which Malaysia needs as it emerges from a catastrophic year. The works showcased include Sahabatku, Scattered Bones, Merpati Putih, Jelajahilah Dunia Ini and Kekasih in various languages and forms.


The show will feature 'Salam Benua', a piece about seeking justice, destroying oppression and calling for action, performed by Mark Beau de Silva and Amelia Tan

The show runs from October 21 to 24, and tickets can be bought online at cloudtix.com. If this is the first time you are stepping into a theatre in pandemic times, a show inspired by one of Malaysia’s most prolific playwrights is a good way to start.


This article first appeared on Oct 11, 2021 in The Edge Malaysia.


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