gold rain and hailstones

Gold Rain & Hailstones - September 7 - 17, 2006 at KLPAC - Pentas 1, Starring Jit Murad and Lin Jaafar, Directed by Zahim Albakri. Call 03.4047.9000 / 03.2094.9400 for tickets.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Photos from Gold Rain & Hailstones 2006











Here are some photos from the show! Thanks to Utusan photographer for allowing us to use them. Photos show Jit and Lin in various characters... more to come!

ONLY FOUR SHOWS LEFT! DON'T MISS IT!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

MID-WEEK SPECIALS

TUESDAY 12TH/WEDNESDAY13TH/THURSDAY14TH
MID-WEEK SPECIAL
EVERY TICKET IS 50% OFF (not including the RM2 KLPAC ticketing charge)

Come and enjoy GOLD RAIN & HAILSTONES

Call 03.4047.9000 (KLPAC) or 03.2094.9400 (TAS@BSC) for tickets!!!

Starring Jit Murad & Lin Jaafar
Directed by Zahim Albakri

The Show...

Its been a great show - we are all having a wonderful time. The play seems to really inspire people - we have seen quite a few repeats. Thank you to those of you who have come - we appreciate your support of Dramalab and of Malaysian theatre!

Here are a few very shakey photos taken during the dress rehearsal - better ones will be posted tomorrow (promise!)

Please come and experience Gold Rain & Hailstones with us!




Our bump in...

Havent posted for a while - the show is in full swing! Here are some pics of our bump in ... so you can see the people (and things) behind the show.

Jit and Lin wait backstage while all the technicians prepare the lights, sound and projection.



Backstage is where all the lights are stored when not in use

















Mac Chan climbs to the gods (with a bit of help) to adjust a light.















You probably dont know this, but Sidney Tan sits backstage on his computer during the entire show, and runs the graphic projections (he hand rendered them).

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

More Gold Rain





By RUBIN KHOO

THIRTEEN years ago, the then budding theatre personalities Jit Murad and Zahim Albakri left the highly successful Instant Cafe Theatre to set up Dramalab. The company, which was made up of just the two, was to have a different direction. Their aim was to focus on local original works.

Its very first production, Gold Rain & Hailstones written by Jit, went to receive numerous accolades. Since then, of course, there have been many others including Visits, the award-winning Split Gravy on Rice, A Flight Delayed and last year’s Separation 40, staged in collaboration with Singapore’s The Necessary Stage.
Dramalab will kick off its latest production by revisting Gold Rain & Hailstones, starring Jit Murad and Lin Jaafar.

Despite these successes and although it is made up of two of theatre’s most prominent individuals, Dramalab has always been low key compared with its counterparts The Actors Studio and The Five Arts Centre.

But the company is ready to consolidate its position with its latest production A Season of Origins and Originals, which will feature a mixture of old plays and new writings.

“We (Dramalab) have been very low profile but if you look at our resume, it is pretty impressive,” says Jit Murad during a recent interview. “So it’s about restating our mission statement, which is about nurturing and creating indigenous works only.”

What better to kick off the season than with the production that started it all? Gold Rain was written 13 years ago.

Having returned from the United States a couple of years earlier, Jit, like many others who had returned from studying abroad, was searching for his niche in the world and adjusting to life in Malaysia after being away for a significant amount of time.

The play, which centred around four best friends who studied in America who returned home, played to packed houses when it was first staged as well as when it was restaged in 1998.

But more than a decade has passed since it was first written and the question is: do the same issues still apply?
The play begins with Aminah (Amy) – a Malay woman who has been in the States for 10 years – returning to Kuala Lumpur. With her return, her friends Man, Nina and Jay start reminiscing about experiences and how their lives have changed since they returned.


“It’s a young person’s play,” says Jit. “The contents are very callow. It’s about identity, acceptance and to be honest, though, I don’t feel like that anymore.”

“However, there are many who are still searching for their identity,” says actress Lin Jaafar.

Jit and Lin who also played the characters in the previous two stagings reprise the multiple roles. The characters are young and while the actors now are a lot more experienced, stepping into the role once again doesn’t seem to be a problem.

“We know more so we are finding deeper observations of the character,” says Jit, “but the thing is not to play them with our knowledge. We’ve got to be just as naive and young.”


Lin who is back from Hong Kong for the play says: “I didn’t realise how much I missed my characters.

“They are wonderful and they speak in such clear voices. This is one of Jit’s talents as a writer.

“Some writers tend to write for their characters the way they speak, but here the characters speak in their own voices and it comes across very clearly.”

While Lin loves playing her characters Amy and Nina, she admits that she doesn’t really identify with either of them. She could never be as fearless as Amy and she’s certainly not the conservative Nina. “I would say I am a composite of all these characters, even the male ones.”

Even as a young playwright, Jit knew that when writing, he wasn’t interested in creating characters that were one-dimensional.

“I like characters that are like us – contradictory and ambiguous – think they know all the answers but actually don’t.”

Gold Rain was originally staged at The British Council and then restaged at The Actors Studio in Dataran Merdeka. This time around it will take place at the plush KL Performing Arts Centre (KLPac).

The venue has allowed director Zahim to present the production with a fresh perspective, using graphic animation from Sydney Tan and Crystal Woo, as well as sound design by Two AM Music Studios and lighting by Mac Chan.

“This time around we have a fuller budget and access to more trained theatre people. It enables us to create a different experience for those who have enjoyed the play before and a more highly technical and professional show for those who are seeing it for the first time,” he says.

Gold Rain & Hailstones takes place at Pentas 1, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) from Sept 7-17. Showtime is 8.30pm with 3pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets are priced at RM92, RM72 and RM52 and are available at 03-4047 9000. There are also ticket promotions available. For further info, visit goldrainhailstones.blogspot.com.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Bump In

We have bumped into KLPAC Pentas 1 today. The stage is pretty much set (THANK YOU to Enfiniti Productions for assisting us with the projector and to Paul Hasham for building the arch).

Actors are rehearsing at the theatre, and production people are busy chasing cats, trying to sort out the innumerable details of a major production like this.

Will try and post photographs tomorrow!

For those of you coming to watch the show, here is a map on how to get to KLPAC:

http://www.klpac.com/Welcome.asp?c=venuelocation

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Last few rehearsals...

We have been having our last few rehearsals at the Dramalab studios. Jit and Lin are going through run-throughs of the play. Lots of people have been watching - Zahim and Zalfian (Director and Assistant Director), Pia (Producer), Wyn (Production Manager), Mac (Lighting Designer), Crystal (Costume/Production Designer), Pat (Stage Manager) and Hamidon (Assistant SM). Clothing and props are almost set - its fun to see Jit and Lin try on different things, and transform. Its going to be interesting to watch on stage - its all about quick changes, and morphing into different characters. What a fascinating process! And our furniture arrived from Fiske yesterday - absolutely gorgeous! Thank you Fareed. Make up session with MAC artist has been done, and we only have a few more bits and pieces to put together. Bump-in starts on Monday - we are going into the big theatre at KLPAC - lights have to be rigged and plotted, the arch and backscreen have to be set up, the projector (for the animation and graphics) has to be installed, and once all that happens, we have to go through technical and dress rehearsals! And then ... Thursday night, Opening Night! We will fill you in as the project goes on, and hopefully take some pictures of the actual bump-in.

Dont forget to get tickets now! Some of our special discount offers still apply - Senior Citizens, Students and Astro Subscribers get substantial discounts. Please call KLPAC at 4047.9000 or Actors Studio at Bangsar Shopping Centre at 02.2094.9400 for tickets. You can pick up tickets at either KLPAC or Bangsar Shopping Centre!

Looking forward to seeing you all there.