JOHOR BAHRU: Singaporean actor Erwin Shah Ismail will kick off the 15th Johor Arts Festival (15JohorAF) with a unique one-man theatre performance revolving around leather.
The production entitled Kulit On The Go is centred on a travelling leather crafter and his journey in attempting to redefine luxury goods.
Throughout the production, Erwin transforms into various characters – friends of the leather crafter – and the story unfolds through songs and witty dialogues in English, Chinese, Malay and even Hokkien.
Kulit On The Go first premiered as part of Teater Ekamatra’s Project Suitcase in Singapore in 2016.
It started out as a 20-minute monologue but the story and the piece itself has grown quite a bit since then.
“I’m excited to finally bring the show out of Singapore. It was created, written and built to travel anywhere around the world."
"I plan not to rush Kulit On The Go's world tour and I am glad I’m taking the first (small but important) step across the border,” he said.
On the pressure of being the sole actor, Erwin says his feelings are quite torn.
“I’ve never been nervous when I’m on stage. When I’m on, I’m on and nothing stops me. However, as the playwright of the show, I was and still am nervous after performing it. I hope to make the audience think and reflect for themselves when they leave the space,” he said.
Erwin said that the show, directed by Baba Richard Tan, is meant for a varied audience and was put together so that it can be enjoyed by anyone from the age of 6 to 106.
“If you have never seen a theatre show, let this be your first,” he said.
Kulit On The Go will be featured on September 1 at The Puteri Pacific, Johor Bahru.
For passes, head on over to 15johoraf-kotg.peatix.com or call the organisers, The Johor Society for the Performing Arts (JSPA) at 019 7139900.
Date:1st Sept 2018
Venue: Permata Ballroom, The Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru
Online Purchase: RM 50 (Regular), RM 30 (Student)*
At Door Purchase: RM 60 (Regular), RM 36 (Student)*
* Please present your Student ID upon registration at the counter