About the Show
Love in Georgetown City is a collection of ten raunchy, heart-warming and thought- provoking tales featuring one night stands, unconventional sex therapy, sexless marriage, office fling, extra-marital affairs, teen pregnancy, paedophilia, decadence of the youth, and mixed race relationships in a hypocritical society.
Written, directed and produced by Fa Abdul, well-known for her opinion pieces in Malaysiakini, The Malaysian Insight and Free Malaysia Today, Love in Georgetown City is a reflection of Fa's charm, sarcastic and honest nail-on-the-head style of writing. Fa believes theater is a collective act of sharing stories by reflecting our experience of life, enabling others to value and learn from each other – this, as she puts it, is what makes us human. And Love in Georgetown City does just that.
So do come spend some time with Fa and her amazing cast comprising of Sharmila Kana, Aloyah Bakar, Ivan Gabriel, Karam Tabba, Tan Seoh Chin, Sharifah Sarah, Tasnim Hasina and Kabilan Murali Dharan to spread some love and laughter!
Nine out of ten plays is in English. For non-English play, subtitles will be available.
Protest against Sex in Georgetown City
When Fa Abdul presented her blockbuster show Tales from the Bedroom for the first time to her Penang audience back in February 2018, someone in the audience gasped “Wah! The King sized bed is sooo big one arrr...”
A year later, Fa decided to stop peeking at Malaysian bedroom antics and began looking into relationship dynamics among different layers of communities in George Town which gave birth to Sex in Georgetown City. Unfortunately, not everyone in town were pleased with the title. Apparently in Malaysia, the word SEX is still a taboo.
After series of threats and lashes in the media, the authorities who viewed the content of the show advised for a change of title. This was how Love in Georgetown City was born. Sadly, it failed to stop the protests and had to be shutdown after opening night.
Love in Georgetown City was then put to rest for 2 months before hitting the stage once again as Rebound.
Cast & Roles
Synopsis: Kumar visits a massage centre in the heart of George Town and is drawn to the owner’s warm service.
Synopsis: An Irish man and his French wife who call George Town their home, struggle to plan a nice evening which includes dinner, foreplay and sex. But things aren’t as easy as they seem to be.
Synopsis: Kak Bedah and Kak Kiah, two seasoned kampong folk with different mindset gets into a heated conversation about the sexual activities of the Malay youth in their own community.
Synopsis: Mr Linus is forced to share a hotel room with his PA, Maria during a work trip to George Town when Maria forgetfully reserves just one room instead of two during a peak season. Little does he know, Maria has an ulterior motive.
Synopsis: When a geek visits the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ of a sex worker, he finds something more than he expects.
Synopsis: What does it take to satisfy a woman – an 8-inch penis or a career driven man?
Synopsis: When a father is accused of paedophilia, truth becomes blurry.
Synopsis: What does rotten yogurt and mutton varuval has in common? Find out when an expat and a local Indian woman discover what makes them tick in bed.
Synopsis: When a one night stand turns into a love interest, a woman starts building her walls.
Synopsis: Three MBPP workers cleaning the streets of George Town, share their marital blues stories in a true P.Ramlee style.
Producer / Director / Playwright
Fa Abdul is a professional juggler. She juggles between her roles as a columnist, media trainer, playwright, director, producer, mother, a bored human being and a resident agitator of the idiots in our beloved Boleh-land. She keeps herself busy by making her voice heard through her columns in Malaysiakini, The Malaysian Insight and Free Malaysia Today, thereby creating a large following who either hate her guts or can't have enough of her. She obviously has plenty to say about everything.
Winner of the Best Educational Award in the International Science Film Festival (2012) for her involvement in Children TV, Fa has contributed for programmes showcased on Radio Television Malaysia, Radio Television Brunei, HBO Asia and ZDF TV of Germany. She has over thirteen years of experience working in the broadcasting industry and is currently producing her own short films.
A passion that in Malaysian theatre since 2012 bagged her numerous awards in Short and Sweet Festival: the Mercedes Benz Creative Excellence Award (2015), Festival Director's Award (2014), Audience Choice Award (2015, 2016, 2017), Best Overall Production (2015, 2016, 2017), Best Director (2016) and Best Script (2016). In 2016, Fa won the prestigious BOH Cameronian Arts Award for her production "Shakespeare Goes Bollywood" as one of the 'Best Six' productions in the country which she co-wrote with Matthew Koh and co-produced with Dato Faridah Merican.
Well known for her charm, sarcasm and occasional foul mouth, Fa is a complex individual whose ultimate mission in life is to heal the world. But first, she needs a nap.
Big Nose Productions
Big Nose Productions was established in 2013 by Abdul Fazrul Kareem and his sister, Fa Abdul. Unfamiliar with the industry, they learned the trade by asking around and learning first hand by producing low budget shows.
To date, Big Nose has staged 16 productions in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Penang. Among their best productions are In a Nutty Shell, Tales from the Bedroom, Shakespeare Goes Bollywood, Tales from Amma’s Kitchen, Tales from the Scars and Sex in Georgetown City.
"Theatre has grown up in little Penang. It's is no longer confined to literature or, great plays that culturally Malaysians don’t quite “get it”. Neither is it all things Chinese and of course in Mandarin. I’m so glad that Penangites finally gets to experience Fa Abdul’s take on Malaysian theatre. Did I like it? Absolutely YES. This to me is the Malaysian theatre at its rib-tickling best."
“We are big fans of Fa Abdul, who describes herself as a “storyteller, producer, director, playwright, scriptwriter, columnist, media trainer, facebooker and a loner.” Her deeply insightful commentaries about the Malaysian psyche are what make her now long-running “Tales” series of plays so funny and yet so thought-provoking at the same time."