It is 2017, and art is progressively becoming a lot more accessible in this country, especially with the rise of small festivals and fringes happening around town. These festivals typically aim to bring art closer to the people, and shed some light on independent artists including painters, graphic designers, singer-songwriters, performers, filmmakers, writers, poets and crafters among others. During these festivals, these artists would not only have the chance to showcase their work, but are also presented with the opportunity to sell their artworks or publications to support themselves and their artistic pursuits.
Betrayal: An Adaptation was staged at Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC) yesterday after much hype and excitement surrounding the play. It revolves around three main characters, Robert (Phraveen Arikiah), Jerry (Shawn Loong) and Emma (Vinna Law) who each betray one another in different ways. Emma, who is married to Robert, betrays him by having an affair with Jerry, who is Robert’s best friend. Robert, in turn, betrays the both of them by having extra-marital affairs and not confronting Jerry after he finds out about the love affair. This Harold Pinter work was brought to life by AllNighter Productions, director Asyraf Dzahiri and dramaturg Bahiroh H. Amath.
Out of breath, we finally reached the function room of the condominium. The cast were rehearsing and the crew working closely to help them work their characters to life. We took a seat in the corner quietly as to not disturb the actors at work when the Asyraf, the director and Bahiroh, the dramaturg, greeted us. After exchanging pleasantries she told us a bit about the play.
Being an adaptation of Harold Pinter’s work, Betrayal was first staged in 1978 in London. The production house, Allnighter Productions, chose to adapt this play and put a local spin to it. Faithful to how Pinter first wrote the play, the story still revolves around three main characters; Emma, who is [...]
Art has been used as a means to protest and bring social awareness since the early 1900s. One of the most recognised earlier forms of protest art was perhaps Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, an oil-based mural painting that until today, is still highly regarded as one of the most powerful anti-war paintings in history. It was painted in 1937, as a response to the bombing of Guernica, a small village in Spain, by Nazi German and Fascist Italian warplanes.