The lives of a mother and her adopted daughter were once separate, and then inextricably intertwined. In between, they grow both as co-dependent and distinct individuals, sometimes meeting and sometimes just being out of reach to each other. Both personal and political, Angkat is a play about history and representation, roots and blood ties, and random acts of madness. Angkat was incubated by Centre 42's Boiler Room Cycle 2015 programme.
Angkat comes from the term "anak angkat" which means "adopted child". Angkat also means to "carry" or "take away".
Erwin Shah Ismail
Director / Lighting & Set Designer: Irfan Kasban
Sound Designer: Tini Aliman
Collateral Designer: Akbar Syadiq
About the Artist Residency Programme
As an extension of Ekamatra's commitment to providing artists with a platform for growth, an Artist Residency Programme was implemented in 2014 in which local artists were approached at various stages of their artistry, to be part of a year long process of art-making. In its inaugural year, Ekamatra had Zul Mahmod, a leading sound artist to create a sound piece entitled No Substance which travelled to several countries after its conception at Ekamatra's space.
This year, Ekamatra will be featuring Nabilah Said who will be staging a new piece called Angkat. Prior to this, Nabilah was a participant of Ekamatra's merEKA and Playwright Mentorship Programme.