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About the Show
"Cari makan atau Cari Makna?"
A life-changing encounter between a young actor and an aging professor.
About the Production
An online performance of a new play by leading playwright Leow Puay Tin.
Directed by Fasyali Fadzly
Performed by Faiq Syazwan Kuhiri and Iefiz Alaudin
Multimedia design by Syamsul Azhar
Presented by Five Arts Centre
Supported by Yayasan Sime Darby
Strategic Partner: Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA)
Oppy & Professor Communitas is set at a weekend workshop for arts practitioners where the two main characters encounter one another as participant and trainer.
Oppy is a happy-go-lucky young man who is feeling stuck as a freelance actor. The trainer, who breaks all the rules about being nice to people at workshops, is an aging professor who wants to teach people like Oppy a disciplined approach to making great works of art. He is also a compulsive storyteller who helps his students to “makan teori” (eat theory) by bundling it into the real-life stories he tells in class. Suspicious of anything that could make him lose his freedom as an artist and an individual, Oppy resists the older man’s teachings. But along the way, he also begins to wonder if he isn't missing out on something.
Background – New Plays by Leow Puay Tin (2019-2022)
Leow Puay Tin – one of Malaysia's most original playwrights – is writing several new plays between 2019 and 2022. During this period, Five Arts Centre is pleased to support the development of these new works by producing rehearsed readings and performances of the plays at our Kotak TTDI space as well as online.
This process is part of a strategy by the playwright to spend time on performance making with younger actors and directors – to cultivate a less hierarchical and more collaborative approach to performance making, and to find a more sustainable alternative in developing new performance texts.
The first of Puay Tin's new plays, The Carer's Monologue & Chorus, was staged as a rehearsed reading to a full house in November 2019. An earlier draft of the current play Oppy & Professor Communitas was staged as an online reading in July 2020.
Leow Puay Tin / Playwright
Leow Puay Tin is one of Malaysia’s most acclaimed theatre artists, known for her innovative approaches to writing. Her major plays – Three Children, Family, and A Modern Woman Called Ang Tau Mui – have been performed widely across South East Asia, Australia, Germany, Japan, and the USA.
Puay Tin is also known for her unique approach to devising, writing, and curating "tikam-tikam" texts – creating performance texts through writing original pieces or using extracts of text culled from published and oral sources such as transcripts, articles, stories, songs, and more. In performance, the sequence of these texts is determined using chance operations and audience participation – creating unrepeatable experiences of encounter. Puay Tin is also Associate Professor at the Department of Film and Performing Arts, Sunway University.
Fasyali Fadzly / Director
Fasyali Fadzly is a director, playwright, researcher, and educator. He has directed his own plays Teater Juta-Juta, Berani Mati, Kotak Hitam, Mati Hidup Kembali, and Ingatan, as well as works by other playwrights. Fasyali’s works have been staged in Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Canada, and the Czech Republic. He also writes theatre-related articles and reviews, and has been published on media platforms such as Critics Republic, Arts Equator, Dewan Budaya and Jurnal Svara. In 2020, his first collection of plays, Teater Juta-Juta: Koleksi Skrip Teater Fasyali Fadzly, was published. Currently, Fasyali works as a researcher alongside Kathy Rowland for MY Art Memory Project – the digital archive for Malayan-Malaysian performing arts. He also serves as Dean of the Theatre Faculty at the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage of Malaysia (ASWARA).
Faiq Syazwan Kuhiri / Performer
Faiq Syazwan Kuhiri is a Digital Producer at BFM. He also works as a performer and has been in shows such as Something I Wrote, Baling, Version 2020 and A Notional History directed by performance maker Mark Teh, as well as the B.E.D series created by dance artist Lee Ren Xin. Faiq is currently in the process of releasing his own original music with the band Terrer.
Iefiz Alaudin / Director
Iefiz Alaudin was introduced to the world of performing arts at a very young age when he joined the Tunas Budaya programme, where he was exposed to various forms of theatre, dance and music. He has had the opportunity to work with renowned directors such as Dato’ Rahim Razali, Hatta Azad Khan, Kee Tuan Chye, Rosminah Tahir, Ahmad Yatim, Nam Ron, Zaifri Hussin, Adlin Aman Ramlie, Marlia Musa, Rohani Yousoff, and more. In 2012, Iefiz was awarded the ‘Best Student’ award in ASWARA’s Theatre Faculty, before continuing his studies at Middlesex University, UK. Under an ASWARA scholarship, Iefiz trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, UK and graduated with an MA in Movement Studies. His past performances in theatre include Swordfish + Concubine, Makyung Raja Gondang, Hikayat Cendawan Putih, Mati Hidup Kembali, Langkau, Jenin, Baba, Ribut, Tujuh Hari Juhari, Sekuntum Mawar Merah, Trem Bernama Desire, Siti di Alam Fantasi, Family Business, and more. He is now a lecturer at the Theatre Faculty in ASWARA.
Syamsul Azhar / Multimedia Designer
Syamsul Azhar has worked across the fields of theatre, film and contemporary art as a multimedia and lighting designer, often employing technology as a performative element in his works. Over the years he has designed across many places and spaces, and has collaborated on numerous performances with Five Arts Centre – particularly in the works of performance maker Mark Teh. In 2017, Syamsul directed **2080 – a performance consisting of projection, sound, lighting and set, with no human performers – in collaboration with a team of designers and theatre practitioners. He is a part of ‘sans’, a loose interdisciplinary collective of artists creating works for performance and exhibition. Most recently, Syamsul was the technical director for Di Situ: An Exhibition (2021) curated by Low Pey Sien at KongsiKL. He is a graduate in Film and Digital Media from Deakin University, Australia.