Manchester Evening News on Manchester United and the Malay Warrior
The Stage on Manchester United and the Malay Warrior
Written by Rani Moorthy
Director: Krishen Jit
Choreographer: Mohanmad Arifwaran
Video: Arthur Smith
Designer: Bayu Utomo Radjikin
Lighting Designer: Mac Chan
Producers: Ed Higginson & Marion D’Cruz
Co-produced with Five Arts Centre, Kuala Lumpur and in partnership with Contact, Manchester.
An ancient Malay hero time-travels to contemporary Manchester.
This multi-lingual, multi-media action-adventure saw an ancient Malay hero pitting his wits against the forces of United. An international collaboration, the play was produced for Cultureshock (Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival 2002). Kicking-off in Kuala Lumpur in May 2002, the production transferred to Manchester's Contact that June.
Juxtaposing the Malaysian Hang Tuah legends (similar to the Arthurian myths) with Manchester 2002, the production fused the energetic martial art of Silat and colourful Bangsawan theatre, with western theatre and video. It also boasted a diverse creative team/cast of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Eurasian and European origins.
Adlin Aman Ramlee
Chee Sek Thim
Krishen Jit (1940-2005)
Legendary Malaysian director, writer, theatre academic
Romy Baskerville (1941-2012)
Actress & Director