Sing Lit Station
Performed in English and Malay with English surtitles.
Centred around social and familial issues, NEW LIGHT / NEW WORKS will feature a dramatised reading of Reply When You Can, a project by Farhanah Diyanah, one of our writers-in-residence at the Jalan Besar Writing Residency.
In early 2020, FD facilitated drama workshops and wrote scripts for Youth Stories, a collective made up of social workers and youths from financially-challenged families between the ages of 10 to 16 years old. Through this involvement, she gathered their personal stories and together with four other playwrights – Adib Kosnan, Nabilah Said, Nessa Anwar and Raimi Safari – they have written 8 to 10-minute plays that are inspired by the stories.
The plays will be read by theatre practitioners Daya AJ, Izzathy Halil, Kaykay Nizam, Rizman Putra, Rusydina Afiqah, Shida Mahadi, Siti Khalijah Zainal, Siti Zuraida and Suhaili Safari, with Stage Manager Rashid Shiddiq.
Tickets are $5 via Peatix, and all proceeds will go to the lovely people involved, donated to Youth Stories, and to help Sing Lit Station defray the costs of its programmes.
Farhanah Diyanah (FD) is a creative producer, a playwright and one of our 2019/2020 Jalan Besar Writers-in-Residence. Her writings revolve around interpersonal issues, which are magnified through magic realism or absurdism. She has written several plays for youths which won 1st place in competitions and was one of the panel of judges for Teater Pelajar 2016 and 2017, a nationwide drama competition for schools, organised by Teens Network Club Youth Division.
In 2016, she founded -wright Assembly, a collective that collaborates with art makers of different disciplines to research, discuss and present text-based works. FD is also a founding member of Main Tulis Group. She taps into her knowledge of Malay language and literature and pursues collaboration with artists of various platforms to explore different methods of storytelling. FD believes that the only purpose of art-making is to contribute to unthinkable positive change in the world.
Credits: Sing Lit Station