baca skrip: #_____ is a monthly series of online Malay play readings happening from May to August 2020. Putting the spotlight on the written text, the platform revisits seminal works by Singapore Malay playwrights. This series hopes to create the space to consider the resonance of the text today, appreciating the textures in the use of the Malay language while peeping into the history of contemporary Malay playwriting.
From re-discovering the familiar and being surprised by the new, we invite you to re-acquaint yourselves with the characters’ confrontations with reality -- which is, in more than one way, our own.
Co-produced by Fezhah Maznan and Teater Ekamatra.
Read in Malay with accompanying Malay text and English sur-titles.
The second edition of baca skrip: #___ features Noor Effendy Ibrahim with Anak Melayu.
Noor Effendy Ibrahim is a Singapore-based interdisciplinary arts practitioner and his practice interrogates and analyses complexities of race, gender, and sexual identity and politics contextualized within domestic spaces, particularly that of the Malay-Muslim.
When his play, Anak Melayu, first came out in 1992, it was received with intense reservation and caution from the Malay community. The play presented a very raw, uncomfortable, and unforgiving portrayal of the psyches of 6 Malay youths and their relationships with family, religion, and love. Almost 30 years on, these characters are still disconcertingly familiar in the community. Anak Melayu entangles us in the messy web that every character weaves as they navigate their realities with themselves and with each other.
Anak Melayu will be read by Ali Mazrin, Amirah Yahya, Farah Lola, Izzul Irfan, Rusydina Afiqah and Saifuddin Jumadi.
Noor Effendy Ibrahim
Noor Effendy Ibrahim is an interdisciplinary arts practitioner based in Singapore. Effendy has participated in and contributed to the arts and culture scene in Singapore since 1991 in various capacities and had received the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Singapore Foundation Culture Award in 2007. Effendy was the fifth Artistic Director of The Substation (2010-2015), and the Artistic Director of Teater Ekamatra from 2001-2006. Effendy had served on the Singapore National Arts Council Board from 2004 to 2006 (7th term) and was selected for the Singapore National Arts Council Cultural Fellowship programme in 2014. In 2016, Effendy started the independent non-profit performance art collective named akulah BIMBO SAKTI, or I am the MAGIC BIMBO in Malay. akulah BIMBO SAKTI has since presented at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2017, State of Motion 2018: Sejarah-ku, and the International Theatre Festival of Kerala 2018.
Ali Mazrin is an actor and set designer. Graduated from HNITEC in Performance Production, Ali studied both in performing and technical aspects, under the teachings of Elnie S Mashari, Terrence Lau, A Kumarran, Haizan Salam and more. He has designed sets for Karya 2018 by Azpirasi. He was the stage crew and doubled up as the ensemble, for Alkesah Pesta Raya 2018 by Esplanade Theatre. He did his first full-length play 'Rumah Dayak' by Rupa co.lab back in 2019.
Exposed to the arts scene at the tender age of 8, Amirah further expounded her interest and talent by grasping any opportunities that allowed her to widen her experience and skill. Amirah, born on 21 December 1993, made a breakthrough by anchoring a lead role in Mediacorp Suria’s Mother’s day telemovie Ibu Vs Mama. Amirah was also elected as one of the pioneer committee members in Republic Polytechnic’s Malay Theatre Club, by clinching lead roles in major productions under the wings of local theatre company; Teater Kami. Amirah marked another milestone by crossing over to Mediacorp Channel 5 with distinct roles in long form series, Tanglin and Kin.
Farah Lola's love for the performing arts started in her role as a Chinese handmaid in the drama club of her secondary school. Since then, her artistic journey has enabled her to share that love on various platforms; as an Actor with Rupa Co. Lab., as a Host in Soul Eats Festival 2019 at Wisma Geylang Serai and as a Content Creator with her videos having garnered over half a million views on social media.
Izzul Irfan is a freelance actor, playwright, and director. His acting credits include Without Reason (M1 Peer Pleasure Festival 2017); Angkat (M1 Fringe Festival 2019) and A Clockwork Orange (Teater Ekamatra 2019), both directed by Noor Effendy Ibrahim, and Anything Can Happen / Something Must Happen (Young & W!ld 2019) directed by Edith Podesta He wrote his first play, Sampan in 2016 and he has since written an original musical, Runaway in 2018. He is currently the Creative Director of The Runaway Company, a youth theatre group dedicated to telling stories through the integration of music and theatre. His directing works with The Runaway Company include a jukebox musical Void Deck (2019) and a music theatre production, Wilderness (2019).
Rusydina Afiqah received her BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Notable productions include Rumah Dayak (Rupa co.lab, 2019); Here and Beyond: 12 Stories (Toy Factory Productions, 2018); Bloody Damn (NAFA, 2018) and a multimedia screening for Kenang-Kenangan Seorang Wanita Pemalu (Teater Kami, 2019). She also performed in Spittle Spattle, as part of Verso / Recto, while acting as a host, in Centre 42’s Late Night Texting 2019. Witness the humorous side of Rusydina as she stars in an online comedy sketch series on YouTube called The Halal Gap (BenZi Project).
He had his roots in Malay traditional dance with Era Dance Theatre & People’s Association Malay Dance Group. Under the guidance of Osman Hamid, Fathurrahman Said and Sumia Samsudin, he performed various dance pieces and represented Singapore in various international festivals.
Uddyn is multi-faceted, he was pursuing his degree in Al-Azhar University of Egypt while simultaneously developing his capacity in performing arts. It was in Egypt that he began exploring creative directing, scriptwriting and producing several plays.
With the aim of marrying arts and faith and making it accessible and mainstream, Uddyn with his 2 other friends formed Big Mouth Production. Since 2009, he has produced and written a few works and aspires to do more and push boundaries.