Pitapat Theatre is a self funded theatre company from Sabah founded in 2012. Though faced with lacked of resources and financial stability and support in Sabah, where arts development was always absent, the theatre company still insisted on providing intensive training to create serious works that could inspire the society. Therefore from 2016 Pitapat Theatre started to reach out from Sabah to extend the works to other places by gaining resources out of the region.
In coming 2019 for the first time ever, Pitapat Theatre is invited to perform KAKAK in the INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL OF KERALA (ITFOK, http://theatrefestivalkerala.com/), for which is Pitapat Theatre's first time to perform in a region out of Southeast Asia. This is highly meaningful not only for the theatre company, but also for Malaysian theatre, because Pitapat Theatre will be the first theatre group to be invited to ITFOK. This presents the opportunity to extend Malaysian theatre arts to this important, centered place of theatre, where many of the oldest performing arts form were born.
However, there’s still one more step to take on this mission. For invited groups of the festival, companies and troupes are to be responsible for their own international travel costs, eg: airfare and visas applications etc. As mentioned above, because Pitapat Theatre is a self funded company, they need your help, by donation, to reach their goal of RM5000 to fly 6 team members to the festival. Small amount or big sum, every cent counts. Please help support Pitapat Theatre to extend and reach further, to nurture and nourish the Malaysian Theatre scene.
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What is the story?
KAKAK tells a story about revenge of two house maids upon their master and mistress after years of oppression from them. The progress of their plan reveals complexity of relationships with the master and mistress but mainly between the two maids, which causes the plan gradually falls apart. This conflict between the two parties and among the oppressed metaphorically reveals the society of Malaysia, especially the last ten 10 years under the ruling of the seriously corrupted government, while people’s right are constantly being oppressed, meanwhile conflict between different races was being enlarged by the people who were in the power.
Reception in the past performances
KAKAK has been performed in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Taipei (in Tua Tiu Tian International Festival of Arts) since 2017, and received good responses from all three venues by audiences from different backgrounds and different cultures. A review from Taiwan says, “KAKAK not only portrayed the multiculturalism in Malaysia, it also revealed the truth of status conflict by standing not only beside the oppressed, but also the ones in power...” .
One of the reviews in Malaysia says about directing and acting, “Soo Ming (The director and actor) is a theatre artist who is good at all the three stages of creating: playwright, directing and acting. He has strong vision upon global issues and also local community topics, which is rarely find in Malaysian- Chinese theatre scene. Whereas Zizi, the actress is an actress with strong presence and energy. You hardly take your eyes from her while she is on stage because she is the kind of actress who constantly growing and transforming while she performs.”
In 2018, KAKAK received three awards in Malaysia 15th ADA DRAMA AWARDS, including Best Actor and Best Actress of the year, and also Best Image Design.