The Malay Man and His Chinese Father (2016)

29 September 2016 – 2 October 2016 @ Goodman Arts Centre


The Malay Man, left to care for his aging and decaying Chinese Father, seeks only to love his father till death if only to know who his mother is, or was. That was the Chinese Father’s promise to his Malay and only son. The Chinese Father, anticipating his final breath to be in the arms of his Malay son, can only desire to see his Malay son take off the kebaya forever – or at least till he dies. The Malay Son looks too much like the woman the Chinese Father had once loved and who had given him his Malay Son, but the Chinese Father forgets. Death is inevitable, but the satisfaction in knowing will be sought and must be achieved, and neither the Malay Son nor his Chinese Father will be denied this pleasure.

Ensemble: Michael Tan, Yazid Jalil

Director: Noor Effendy Ibrahim
Production/Stage Manager: Clarisse Ng
Dramaturg: Charlene Rajendran

Lighting Designer: Yeo Hon Beng
Multimedia Artist: Wu Jun Han

(Source: Paradise Pictures Website)

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Clarisse Ng
Production Manager, Stage Manager
Yeo Hon Beng
Lighting Designer
Wu Jun Han
Multimedia Artist


The Malay Man and His Chinese Father (2016), Review
Entanglement of Intimacy What happens when your family member is your love, your burden, sanctuary, and hatred all at the same time? The Malay Man and His Chinese Father, directed by Noor Effendy Ibrahim, and staged at Goodman Arts Centre Black Box, was first presented at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2015.  In this staging, the Chinese father (Michael Tan) and Malay son (Yazid Jalil) are played by the same actors as the first. However, one prominent element which is missing is Asnida Daud
Beverly Yuen
Reviewed: 1 October 2016