YESTERDAY afternoon, student theatre collective The Classroom Project announced on Twitter that two shows from their staging of Madu Dua had already sold out.
Running from 10 – 13 March, Madu Dua was due to premiere that night, yet only tickets for Saturday and Sunday were still available.
Its source material, written by Singaporean playwright Alfian Sa’at, is a trip back in time and space to the world of P. Ramlee‘s Madu Tiga, moments before the film’s protagonist brings home his third wife.
Despite being located in Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM), Gombak, Madu Dua managed to pull in students and members of the public from across Kuala Lumpur, opening with a full house.
“We’re all very excited and also quite relieved,” stated producer Denielle Leong shortly before the production premiered. “Not many are willing to drive to Gombak just to watch a play so we’re really stoked to see that we’ve sold out our first two shows.”
With 60 seats available per showing, these young theatre-makers gave audiences a rare opportunity to catch the works of an acclaimed nusantara playwright. Madu II author Alfian is also responsible for Parah and Nadirah, two stage plays which garnered acclaim and strong reaction during runs in Malaysia.
Denielle initially worried about their relatively high ticket prices, for student theatre-goers are used to paying a lot less than RM12. The location of the university was also deemed a challenge.
Arief Hamizan, final year student and director of Madu Dua meanwhile only hopes to be able to tell Alfian’s story successfully. Like Denielle, he too was excited for the night.
“Being the humble little theatre group we are, it’s always amazing to open to a full house and I feel very lucky to be able to share our work with everyone coming.”
With the Classroom Project, Arief has also worked on exposing students at the university to renowned plays including Harold Pinter‘s The Dumb Waiter and Yasmina Reza‘s God of Carnage.
Madu II first hit the Malaysian stage in 2001 alongside Anak Bulan di Kampung Wa’Hassan as part of a double-bill called Bulan Madu. This is its first appearance since reaching the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre in 2011, directed by U-En Ng.
The Classroom Project presents Madu Dua at 8:30pm from 10 – 13 March. The original play by Alfiaan Sa’at directed by Arief Hamizan and starring Mia Sabrina Mahadir and Nik Waheeda will be staged at Seminar Room, CAC, UIA Gombak. Tickets are priced at RM12 (students) and RM20 (public), and can be obtained via Peatix.