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Macbeth; Chinese Opera Style
An East meets West production titled "Macbeth in Chinese Opera" came to life in Malaysia, thanks to the dedication and hard work of Chin San Sooi, one of the founding members of Malaysia's oldest arts company, Five Arts Centre. 
Chin, a freelancer in the arts industry, worked with non-profit making society Kakiseni on the theatrical experiment to combine two world-renowned classical performing art genres in one production; Shakespearean plays and Chinese Opera. The first run of this fusion production was held in April 2015 and proved to be a big hit with 1,200 people attending in the span of 10 days.

The production was restaged following earlier success and in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death at Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC) for seven days from 22 April to 1 May 2016.

This rendition of one of the most beloved Shakespearean tragedy saw a total of 11 performances involving 19 performers, four of whom were Malaysian.

The re-staged production was performed in English with elements of Chinese Opera with great attention to the use of costumes, makeup, and stylised gestures and expressions. This made the play more realistic, grand and true to the traditional elements of Chinese Opera. The plot and story, however, was of the King of Scotland and his follies as he becomes increasingly consumed by his thirst for power.

Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) sponsored 800 tickets valued at RM30,000 for distribution to selected secondary schools and tertiary education institutions.

These tickets were distributed to students with the aim to both expose those new to English Literature and Chinese Opera as well as give a fresh perspective and a different interpretation of Shakespeare’s work as opposed to the conventional play. 

YSD’s support in this theatre production is evidence of its continuous commitment in encouraging local arts practitioners to produce and perform a variety of artistic productions, expose the general public and educate students about the arts.
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Last Updated:
08 Feb 2017
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