“Energetic, disjointed, surreal, witty, poignant, insightful, daft... but genuinely trying something new”
The Metro on Manchester United and the Malay Warrior
“An ambitious piece... the six young Malay actors bring acrobatic energy to the production, which is enhanced by Arthur Smith's multi-screen video projection”

Manchester Evening News on Manchester United and the Malay Warrior

“An ambitious work that attempts to build bridges instead of barriers. This fast moving... innovative production contains terrific martial arts”

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.


Romy Baskerville
Mohamad Arifwaran
Adlin Aman Ramlee
Jerrica Lai
Chee Sek Thim
Elaine Pedley
Mardiana Ismail

In Memoriam

Krishen Jit 
Legendary Malaysian director, writer, theatre academic

Romy Baskerville (1941-2012)
Actress & Director