Baca Skrip: #IkanCantik oleh Teater Ekamatra

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Jumaat ini, edisi ketiga Baca Skrip oleh Teater Ekamatra bertajuk #IkanCantik bakal ditayangkan di wadah Zoom.

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Thank you so much to everyone who joined us last night for Baca Skrip: #AnakMelayu! ❤️❤️❤️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Next up, we’re super excited to announce that we will be featuring Aidli Mosbit’s Ikan Cantik! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Baca Skrip: #IkanCantik⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 24 July 2020, 8pm⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Aidli Mosbit’s impact on contemporary Malay theatre is unquestionable. Known to many as 'Kak Alin', she has been a pivotal mentor for key figures in the industry for at least two generations. A playwright and a director, her works are bodacious, loud, and with a unique taste of songs and music. In the last twenty years, she has become a forced reference when speaking of female voices and representation in theatre, due both to her unique charisma as a leader and educator, but also as a craftswoman of powerful characters on the stage. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The creation process for this iteration of Ikan Cantik was accompanied by a recollection of its original staging in 1998. As part of the production, Alin asked six young female actors to shave their head but this was severely condemned by the Islamic community. The memory of that experience remains painfully present in the actors’ memories, as some of them recollect how the situation affected them personally. The play has never been re-staged. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ How do we read these characters now, twenty-two years on? Has the Malay woman been empowered enough? Has she regained control over her body? Join us in this wonderful read, which promises to be both a walk down the memory line and a reality-check as we face the future.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The play will be read by Elnie S. Mashari, Emanorwatty Saleh, Esther Yap, Farah Ong, and Rafeyah Abdul Rahman (Yaya), who were all part of the original ensemble. They are joined by a key representative of the new generation, Suhaili Safari.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ –⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Tickets to Baca Skrip: #IkanCantik are available on Peatix at $10 (link in bio or visit ikancantik.peatix.com)⁣ ⁣ Visuals by @a.syadiq

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Karya Aidli ‘Alin’ Mosbit ini pertama kali dipentaskan pada 1998. Seramai enam pelakon wanita disuruh mencukur rambut mereka hingga botak oleh Alin sendiri. Namun begitu, kejadian ini dikutuk oleh masyarakat Islam, sehinggakan memori pengalaman ini masih terpaut dalam ingatan para pelakon, dan segelintir daripada mereka masih ingat akan bagaimana ia menjejas mereka secara peribadi. Persembahan ini tidak pernah dipentaskan lagi setelah itu.

Ikan Cantik yang dipersembahkan oleh enam orang wanita berkisar tentang gambaran yang kurang tepat mengenai wanita, peranan jantina, wanita dalam budaya pop, berat sebelah dan privileges of female power dynamics (ma’am I had a hard time translating, sis).

Hampir 20 tahun sudah berlalu dan adakah wanita Melayu cukup memperkasa? Sudahkah mereka menguasai badan mereka? Dalam sesi Baca Skrip ini, korang tentu akan dibawa ke zaman lalu dan semak diri dalam menjejakkan kaki ke masa depan.

Menarik sekali, pelakon asal Ikan Cantik Elnie S. Mashari, Emanorwatty Saleh, Esther Yap, Farah Ong, dan Rafeyah Abdul Rahman (Yaya) akan membuat penampilan Jumaat ini, bersama pelakon generasi baru, Suhaili Safari!

Kalau korang eksaited sangat nak tonton #IkanCantik, tiket boleh didapati di Peatix pada harga $10 saja!

Edisi ke-4 Baca Skrip akan berlangsung pada 28 Ogos.

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