Amberjade Arts presents a classic tragedy with a Malaysian flavour:
“Opium by Any Other Name” 🌹
Written & Directed by Tarrant Kwok
Technical Design by Wei Hock N
Stage Management by Kelynn Ng & Sandra Cheah
Produced by Wendy Wong & Engku Armand
Featuring Shi Hoong, Celeste Low, Veronica Boh, Adry Nasution, Charles Roberts, & Dennis
Poster design by Akbar
In the shadows of British Malaya, the Ghee Hin and Hai San wage their decades old grudge.
Two families face off in 1890s Taiping, pit against each other amongst economic uncertainty
and existential threats. In this chaos, two lovers find that their passions could make for the
foundation of peace in Perak – but at what cost?
“Opium by Any Other Name” is the second entry in the Opium series by Tarrant Kwok.
Thematically centred around the opium economy of Colonial Malaya, “Opium By Any Other
Name” draws from classic tragedies – namely Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare –
but bringing it down to a gritty, local temperament.
With characters portrayed by Shi Hoong, Celeste Low, Veronica Boh, Adry Nasution,
Charles Roberts, and Dennis Lim – this play presents political drama, family honour, and
women’s issues in a gripping storyline whose conclusion is unassailably inevitable. Surtitles
and music accompany this dance in search of forbidden love as looming danger threatens to
burn everything in the turn of the century.
Written by Tarrant Kwok, who most recently staged his confronting directorial debut, “Opium
at Closing Time” with Amberjade Arts in October 2022, “Opium by Any Other Name” seeks
to juxtapose The Bard’s elements against a backdrop of an almost forgotten era of Malaya.
Drawing from historical documentation and Malaysian Chinese culture of the yesteryears,
“Opium by Any Other Name” is a classic tale of betrayal, romance and tragedy.
120 minutes (approx.) with a 15 minute intermission
[Post-show conversations are available on Sunday matinee shows.]
– EARLY BIRD PROMO: RM48 until 30th June
– GROUP OFFER: Buy 4 tickets at RM55 each ticket by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or WhatsApp +60192883101 (Armand)
Ages 15+ and up.
Content advisory- abuse, violence, graphic language.
Contains flashing lights and loud sounds.
No flash photography or videography during the show.
Audiences are advised to arrive 30 minutes prior to showtimes.
This production is made possible with Tiger Uncage Fund by Tiger Beer Malaysia and Pestle
& Mortar Clothing.
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