25 March 2020 – 28 March 2020 @ The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre, Wild Rice @ Funan


This staging of Berak was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Berak chronicles the aftermath of a suicide: A grandmother bargains with divine powers to release her son's soul from hell. Failing which, she brings him home; she takes over the reins of bringing up her granddaughter, while keeping her daughter-in-law at bay, saving the granddaughter all for herself. She tries to instill in her granddaughter that death is merely a joke, that there's nothing to cry about as she takes her on a mind trip towards the underworld and purgatory. These personal fantasies of the afterlife are challenged however when her granddaughter contracts a terminal illness. The never-ending days of mourning are brought to lurid 3-dimensional, high-definition life as the agonizing wait for the ultimate redemption is an imprisonment in the realm between living and non-living on earth. Berak is a transcreation of Poop, originally written by Chong Tze Chien and produced by The Finger Players.

POOP was originally written by Chong Tze Chien (The Finger Players). 

Image credits: Teater Ekamatra 

Adapted by: Zulfadli Rashid 
Directed by: Mohd Fared Janial

Performed by: Aidli Alin Mosbit, Fir Rahman, Siti Hajar Abdul Gani, Siti Khalijah Zainal

(Source: Arts Republic Website)

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Chong Tze Chien: Four Plays
"These four plays in Chong Tze Chien's latest collection were, in terms of their reception as stage productions, greeted with high praise, making Chong one of the most critically lauded and garlanded thespians of his generation. To Whom It May Concern was spawned of a residential fellowship at La Ma Ma in the Umbrian hill town of Spoleto in Italy. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea garnered multiple nominations at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2005 before earning
Chong Tze Chien
Published: 2011