A performance based on stories from inner city George Town.
‘Pearls for the Picking’ was performed at 105 Lebuh Melayu on 13 and 14th December at 7.30 pm and 9 pm and on 15 December at 7.30 pm.
A young woman leaves the inner city to escape a life of poverty and hardship. Her childhood memories of life in an old shop-house provide a glimpse into the hopes and dreams of a young woman seeking a better life for herself and her family. A mother raises seven children on the streets dependent on the kindness of strangers while her husband is in jail on a drug charge. And a teacher born, bred and living in the inner city battles to save a cemetery that has deep connections with her family.
These are the three stories that were told in ‘Pearls for the Picking’, a performance staged in the heart of George Town at 105 Lebuh Melayu from 13-15 December. The performance is inspired by real life stories and experiences of people living and working in George Town. The stories were collected by the performers themselves.
Penang-based performers Ho Sheau Fung, Nur Hilyati Ramli and Lim Sheh Torng went out to the field to search and interview the individuals on whom the stories are based. Director Chee Sek Thim uses devised text, movement and sound in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin to depict fictionalized accounts of the three stories.
The performance is produced by Ombak-Ombak ARTStudio (Ombak), a non-formal collective of multi-ethnic artists and producers in Penang who mount contemporary performances, exhibitions and festivals which project Malaysian identity and creativity.Pearls for the Picking is funded by Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negara.
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