Screening: AlkesahOrganised by: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: Siti Khalijah Zainal, Jeff Catz, Siti Hajar Gani, Hatta Said, Siti Maznah, Norisham Osman, Shafiqhah Efandi and Muhd Haikal Mohd Jani
Find out what happens when colourful characters from Malay folklore stay in the same kampung! Whether you're reliving its hilarity or watching Alkesah for the first time, you don't want to miss this boisterous theatre work that saw a sold-out run at Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts 2018.
Mat Jenin is a hopeless dreamer who is the new village head of Kampung Alkesah, a position he reluctantly inherited from his late father, along with the mounting misfortunes that have been distressing his beloved village. At the advice of Pak Belalang, the village astrologer, Mat Jenin must embark on a quest to brave through Hutan Bahana to the summit of Gunung Saman and seek out the evil witch Nenek Kebayan. Only by doing the witch's bidding will the curse that she has put on the village be lifted, thus ensuring survival and happiness for his merry bunch of villagers. Mat Jenin soon discovers that this daring mission might be more than his great imagination could ever have conjured.
Written by Zulfadli Rashid and helmed by director Aidli Mosbit, Alkesah (translated to "as the story goes") is a reimagined whimsical world of Malay folklore. Played by the likes of Siti Khalijah Zainal, Jeff Catz, Siti Hajar Gani, Hatta Said, Siti Maznah, Norisham Osman, Shafiqhah Efandi and Muhd Haikal Mohd Jani, meet familiar characters such as Sang Kancil, Mak Andir, Pak Pandir, Pak Belalang, Pak Kaduk and more, as they find their place in this side-splitting tale of secret loves and cunning schemes. The stellar cast won Best Ensemble at The Straits Times' Life! Theatre Awards 2018 for their boisterous performance.