Thursday, June 04, 2009

Mak Yong Titis Sakti

This upcoming production stays true to the original presentation style of Mak Yong which fuses together acting, singing, dance, drama, romance and comedy. Like other Mak Yong performances, it boasts an all-female cast with the exception of three – the Memanda Bijaksana and two court jesters who provide comic relief. The cast, starring Rosdeen Suboh, Asrulfaizal, Zamzuriah Zahari and Tisha Zarina Zainal, will be backed by none other than Kamrulbahri Hussin & his all-male music ensemble.

With just a handful of veteran Mak Yong performers left and dwindling interest in traditional performing arts, The Actors Studio through its Teater Rakyat programme hopes to revive some interest in Mak Yong with this innovative adaptation. This could very well mark the very first local attempt at such a feat of using foreign text in a traditional Mak Yong performance.

And while most Mak Yong performances in KL are staged by students of this art form in the refines of college campuses or at private official events, the general public will have full access to this performance of Mak Yong Titis Sakti and get the opportunity to experience what was once largely performed as court entertainment in the palaces. With this, it will not only keep the interest of loyal fans alive but draw new audiences to this age-old art form that has been proclaimed by UNESCO to be a “Masterpiece of The Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.


Raja Dewa Kayangan descends to earth and stumbles upon a young lady, Seri Laksana, who is madly in love with Indera Putera. Sadly, these feelings are not reciprocated as his heart is set on another lady Cempaka Puteri who happens to be the lover of Iskandar Muda.

Disturbed by Seri Laksana’s predicament, Raja Dewa Kayangan sends his jester to present Indera Putera with a gift – Bunga Kasih Sakti – a potion that will entice one to fall in love.

However, this immediately sets off a series of unpredictable events that will keep you entertained!

The Team

Based on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Adapted by Norzizi Zulkifli and Nan Megat

Directed by Norzizi Zulkifli

Featuring Rosdeen Suboh

Tisha Zarina Zainal


Ashafiqah Abd Aziz

Zamzuriah Zahari

Nur Ameera Ramli

Elza Irdalynna


Zalika Nadia Zulkifli

Siti Farah Abdullah

Safia Hanifah

Lorna Hoong



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