Penalties of rising up with out a father explored in new play

To spend 24 hours with somebody could seem to be a very long time. However what if these 24 hours had been unfold out over the course of a lifetime?

That’s the state of affairs confronted by Haikal, the principle character of the unique new play 24 Jam Dalam 37 Tahun. His mother and father have a fractured relationship, and he hardly ever will get any time to see his father. When you add on a regular basis they spent collectively, it will barely make a day. As Haikal goes by way of the milestones of life: college, relationships, and familial drama, he questions his place on this planet, and whether or not it’s essential to have a father determine.

It’s a really private story for author Khairi Anwar. Most of this play relies on his life, rising up with out a father.

“When writing my different performs, I’d do a whole lot of analysis. I’d learn books or interview individuals, so I’d have a whole lot of materials to work with. However I couldn’t do it right here. This was my very own life. Penning this script was painful, it was so lonely. It’s the loneliest script I’ve ever completed, ” reveals Khairi, 28, who additionally manages theatre outfit Anomalist Manufacturing.

“The primary draft of the play actually mimicked my precise life. It was so arduous to put in writing, I couldn’t proceed it. I needed to swap issues… just like the character modified names from Khairi to Haikal. I needed to change a number of issues to create a little bit of distance.”

Offered by Theatrethreesixty, 24 Jam Dalam 37 Tahun is directed by Christopher Ling, and options Shah Shaha (who performs Haikal), Anissa Azis and Anwar Hadi (who each play all the opposite characters in Haikal’s life). The play is in Bahasa Malaysia and English, with the soundtrack composed by Kirthana Kuhendran. Singer-songwriter and producer Takahara Suiko (of indie band The Venopian Solitude) additionally contributes a brand new tune referred to as 24 Kata.

The cast of '24 Jam Dalam 37 Tahun' (from left) Anwar, Shah and Anissa. Photo: Haziq Azhar The forged of ’24 Jam Dalam 37 Tahun’ (from left) Anwar, Shah and Anissa. Photograph: Haziq Azhar

24 Jam Dalam 37 Tahun is a private, heartfelt story, and the energy of the script, in accordance with director Ling, is relatable to many individuals.

“Everybody longs to like and be beloved. Everybody longs for neighborhood. It’s just about inconceivable for anybody to stroll in and watch this with out feeling one thing. The play is not only about father and son, it’s all about connections. I hope it makes individuals query and consider their relationships with their family members, ” says Ling, 46.

One factor Ling made positive to do was not base the character of Haikal on the actual life Khairi. He wished to ensure Haikal was not only a recreation, however a compelling character who may stand on his personal.

Whereas the present seems to be at 37 years in Haikal’s life, Khairi is simply 28.

In keeping with Khairi, the components after that had been “guesses” of what occurs subsequent.

It might be attention-grabbing, Ling mentions, to restage this play sooner or later to see if something got here true.

Actor Shah describes Haikal as “very confused however inquisitive”.

“He’s additionally very delicate. He’s harmless in the way in which that he thinks. He doesn’t know another actuality apart from what he’s skilled in his life. His ethical stand is fashioned from what he has gone by way of, ” says Shah, 29.

The character Haikal serves additionally as a “narrator” for the play, telling the story of his life from starting to finish.

To Shah, it is a very emotionally draining position, contemplating all of the conditions his character goes by way of.

On this play, Anissa performs six characters (together with Haikal’s mom, grandmother, and girlfriend) whereas Anwar performs 4 characters (together with Haikal’s father, trainer and childhood good friend).

Anissa, 29, calls the present a “rollercoaster of feelings”, and remembers how the forged had been all in tears after their first script studying.

“For this one, each time we do a full run, the feelings would all the time come. They’re all the time there, you don’t must power something. There’s all the time a slice of your life in it, ” concludes Anissa.

24 Jam Dalam 37 Tahun is displaying at Lot’ng Arts Area, 32-2, Jalan USJ 10/1E, Subang Jaya from March 12-15. Showtimes: 8.45pm on March 12-14 and 3pm on March 15. Tickets are RM48 (common) and RM38 (college students and senior residents). The present incorporates mature content material. Tickets: 24dalam37.peatix.com.

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