Hope (Harap) (2017)

6 April 2017 – 9 April 2017 @ Theatre Studio, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay


“A badly decomposed corpse was found floating on Singapore River early this morning…”

Hope, the root word of “hoping”, “hopeful”, “hopefulness”, and the like; a word that serves as the thrust for the condition, the needs, the wants of each and every human being.

A father, a mother, to a daughter; and two friends. Human beings, each one of them. Desperate, dejected, whose fates remain undecided, whose dreams remain unrealised, and whose ambitions remain undefined, only because deep in their hearts, the seeds of hope were sown.

Probably, without hope, without hoping, without being hopeful, their lives would be untainted, unscathed, undamaged, and not naked; devoured to the skeletal frames of their existence.

Written by: Haresh Sharma 
Adapted by: Zulfadli Rashid 
Directed by: Mohd Fared Jainal

Cast: Sani Hussin, Siti Hajar Abd Gani, Fir Rahman, Hirzi Zulkiflie, Nur Zakiah Bte Mohd Fared

(Source: Teater Ekamatra Website)


Hope (Harap) (2017), Review
What price glory Hope was first staged simply and humbly 23 years ago at The Substation’s Guinness Theatre, with direction from Kok Heng Leun and performed by then aspiring actors like Hossan Leong and Julius Foo. It now gets a long-awaited second staging and Malay translation – as Harap – as part of The Esplanade’s The Studios 2017 season. The play is co-produced by Teater Ekamatra and helmed by it artistic director, Mohd Fared Jainal, who successfully adapted a lesser known piece by H
Christian W Huber
Reviewed: 6 April 2017