JOHOR BAHRU,12th April 2018 – For the eighth year running, theatre-in-education KL Shakespeare Players (KLSP) offers its engaging and illuminating performances of the Bard’s plays. This year, the company will stage Shakespeare Demystified: Romeo & Juliet (SD:R&J) in Johor Bahru on 11th and 12th May 2018, at Jade Restaurant, Greenland Danga Bay.
Everyone knows of Romeo & Juliet as their names tease thoughts of young star-crossed lovers and their tragic end. Trapped by the feud between their families – the Montagues and the Capulets – their lives seem to tumble into an inevitable and ill-fated tragedy. The apparent “good” coming out of that “misadventure” is that they “bury their parents’ strife”.
KLSP’s unique 100-minute abridgment of this Shakespeare’s play will peel back the layers, and unveil some issues that the tale may be a metaphor of. KLSP will keep its characteristic format of performing the key scenes in Shakespeare’s words and piecing the parts together into a coherent whole with a narrative glue in contemporary English (and with a sprinkling of our local mother tongues). It is during this narration that certain now-exotic words are explained, overlooked issues underscored, questioned raised, etc.
Always innovating, KLSP in its 2017 production of Shakespeare Demystified: Macbeth made music central in its performance. This time, the company will incorporate in SD:R&J not just music but also a more physical performance, driven by the practices and philosophy of physical theatre.
Underscoring KLSP’s educational mission--each performance will conclude with a question-and-answer session, which allows students to inquire, make comments as they engage with the play and the actors. This Q&A is also a favourite part for students attending our performances.
To create this production, KLSP has gathered a youthful cast: Hana Nadira, Ali Alasri, Safia Hanifah, Ivan Chan and Phraveen Arikiah. Lim Soon Heng will play the patriarchal roles. The production is directed by Lim Kien Lee.
A YEAR LONG CELEBRATION OF ARTS AND CULTURE
Shakespeare Demystified: Romeo & Juliet marks the fourth event of the year by The Johor Society for the Performing Arts (JSPA). With its flagship event, the annual Johor Arts Festival, turning 15 in 2018, an exciting line-up of arts and cultural events are slated to take place throughout the year, which promises myriad opportunities for Johoreans to revel in creative experiences across a range of accessible programmes.
Tickets are available online at bit.ly/sdrnjjb or at the JSPA Office at 86, Jalan Wijaya, Taman Abad, Johor Bahru. Ticket prices are at RM 60.00 (Normal) and RM 40.00 (Student/Concessions).
Shakespeare Demystified: Romeo & Juliet in Johor Bahru is proudly presented by The Johor Society for the Performing Arts, The KL Shakespeare Players, The Actors Studio Teater Seni Rakyat, and is supported by Jade Restaurant, Greenland Danga Bay.
To find out more about purchasing tickets, please contact the JSPA at +60197139900, visit www.jspa.org.my, or follow The Johor Society for the Performing Arts on Facebook at www.facebook.com/johorperformingarts.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Jennifer Wong
ABOUT THE JOHOR SOCIETY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Johor Society for the Performing Arts (J.S.P.A.) is a non-commercial society registered in February 2000 under the Societies Act 1968.
J.S.P.A.’s projects and events welcome people from all walks of life to enjoy curated experiences across a diverse range of interests, art-forms, and genres. All projects and events are modelled around the simple belief that the arts are not just about entertainment, but are invaluable platforms to educate, engage, and empower.
The J.S.P.A. Line-Up for 2018 are as follows:
Monthly LMFAO Comedy Series
May 12 Perspective; The Showcase (Traditional Wear Showcase)
May 11 & 12 Shakespeare Demystified: Romeo & Juliet
June 19 AMBITIOUS: Dr. Jason Leong’s Asian Comedy Tour 2018
June 28 – July 1 The Classical Music Festival + Euroasia Strings Competition,
Johor Regional Round
July Perspective; The Project (Fashion Design Competition)
August 4 Perspective; The Runway
September 1 – 15 The 15th Johor Arts Festival
About KL Shakespeare Players
From an informal group which started in 2011, KLSP has incorporated and established itself as the only theatre company in Malaysia that focuses on Shakespeare’s works. Each year, KLSP draws a diverse audience to watch Shakespeare performed live. And it is done without running away from Shakespeare’s language.
KLSP’s 2017 production SD: Macbeth traveled to 15 locations, performed 40 shows to over 6,000 pairs of eyes. Beyond Kuala Lumpur, KLSP has taken its shows to Langkawi, Penang, Ipoh, Kuala Kangsar, Nilai, Seremban, Johor Bahru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. In 2017, KLSP also presented six additional shows in a storytelling format to primary school students.
It is KLSP’s mission to take Shakespeare to every state in Malaysia, and eventually to all countries in Southeast Asia. This year, KLSP will be travelling to Manila, Philippines to perform and storytell Macbeth in three performances at the biannual conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association.
Besides its Shakespeare Demystified series, KLSP is active in providing trainings and workshops based on the concept of “Learning Through Shakespeare”. It works with students from universities, colleges, international and national schools, to increase their appreciation of the Bard, or to improve their communication skill, or to explore various stage crafts, all rooted in Shakespeare’s text and works.
In October last year, KLSP was engaged by the Ministry of Education to train English teachers from seven secondary schools how to teach Shakespeare.
To contribute to the local theatre development, KLSP has begun to provide free training sessions to actors dedicated to honing their crafts. In 2017, KLSP brought in three international theatre practitioners, Simone Tani a mask-maker and mask-performer from Italy; Erika Tobolski, a voice coach from the University of South Carolina, USA; and most recently, David Glass, a physical theatre practitioner from the UK.
For more information, please visit www.klshakespeare.com.my, www.klpac.org and www.penangpac.org. Find Shakespeare Demystified on Facebook and Twitter.