Sang Kancil & Tapir
The Mouse Daughter’s Marriage
MBPP Town Hall, Jalan Padang Kota Lama, George Town (www.georgetownfestival.com). Performed by the Vietnam National Theatre Company under Singaporean playwright, director and exponent of Chinese opera, Chua Soo Pong, this light-hearted tale manages to impart a lesson in humility. A daughter mouse must choose a husband from four bachelor mice, Mr Sun, Mr Cloud, Mr Wind and Mr Wall. Unfortunately she listens to her snobbish mother and rejects all four as too poor and inconsequential. They can’t compete with a smooth-talking cat who brings diamonds, gold and US dollars. She marries the cat and must face up to the consequences. This colourful, comic production is a reminder that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Sat & Sun, Aug 15 & 16, 8.30-9.15pm. Adults, RM50; Children over 12, RM25; Children under 12, RM15. Komtar, Level 5, Auditorium A, Jalan Magazine, George Town (013 533 5522/016 294 1203/ www.georgetownfestival.com). This Chinese language performance by the ZXC Theatre Troupe follows in the vein of the traditional tales of the clever kancil (mouse deer). In this quirky new outing, which takes place after the ‘Sang Kancil’ series of stories, the plucky mouse deer is in danger of being eaten by the terrible Sang Buaya, a crocodile who is his sworn enemy. The unusual looking Sang Tapir arrives and the jungle is in an uproar over this strange animal. Sang Kancil and Sang Tapir join forces to chase away Sang Buaya, and in the process the humble tapir learns to accept himself. Hock Kheng from ZXC Theatre Troupe said that it was important to deliver to kids the message ‘of being brave enough to face growing up and of having confidence in our own characteristics’. As the tapir is an endangered species, the importance of saving the environment is also emphasised. The performance combines wayang kulit, Chinese puppetry Planning on taking your class to catch a show? Teachers, students and even parents can save on their tickets to ‘Nightingale’ and ‘The Mouse Daughter’s Marriage’. Teachers must provide a list of any accompanying parents. Prices listed per person. and traditional music in this tale about growing up and accepting yourself – even if you look as odd as a tapir. Fri, Aug 28, 8.30pm; Sat, Aug 29, 3pm & 8.30pm; Sun, Aug 30, 3pm. Free.
ATM (All Things Malaysian)
Lebuh Pantai, George Town (www.georgetownfestival.com). Lebuh Pantai will be taken over by a celebration of All Things Malaysian. With performances, food, traditional and contemporary arts and films too, there’s bound to be something that will appeal to youngsters and teens. In fact, teenagers will be psyched to hear that they will be able to shop at Tempatan Fest, the touring festival dedicated to independent Malaysian clothing. Sun, Aug 30, 4-11pm. Free.
162 Victoria Street, George Town (www.georgetownfestival.com). Keep an eye out for this quirky and colourful fountain installation. Kids (and adults) can play music on motion-sensitive pads and watch as the notes become translated into digital rainbows and pulsing clouds of light. Created by American artist Steven Gutierrez, the fountain will also automatically create its own sound and light show. Aug 1-31, 10am-6pm. Free.
MBPP Town Hall, Jalan Padang Kota Lama, George Town (www.georgetownfestival.com). Performed by the Nanning People’s Arts House, this beautiful rendition of Hans Christian Anderson’s story of the Nightingale is a must for older children. In this story of freedom and compassion, the Nightingale returns to the deathbed of the Emperor of China, who covetously imprisoned her, to sing a song so beautiful that Death itself listens hungrily for more and spares the man’s life. With gorgeous costumes and a poignant storyline, ‘Nightingale’tigl’ willill enchant all lovers of fairy tales. Fri & Sat, Aug 28 & 29, 8.309.15pm. Adults, RM50; Children over 12, RM25; Children under 12, RM15.