Sometimes, it seems like Malaysia is still stuck in primary school. So Story Fest 2012 has invited Malaysian writers and performers to revisit the primary school essay titles that inspired them to write. And see how our teachers tried to sharpen our collective pencils with approved aspirations. Now with more ironic, more jaded, more worldly worldviews, perhaps we can channel, challenge or chuck aside those aspirations and simply celebrate different ways of growing up AWESOME.
Stories are told in English & Malay and may contain mature themes.
Venue: Cabaret @ PJ Live Arts, Jaya One, Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya.
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IF I WERE A BILLIONAIRE
"What? Only a billion?"
Thu 15 Mar, 8.30pm
AMIR MUHAMMAD sungguh kaya dengan budi bahasa.
BRIAN GOMEZ, author of the novel Devil's Place, is a billionaire who also writes fictional bios.
MISLINA MUSTAFFA is a homeless billionaire.
If SEE TSHIUNG HAN was a billionaire, he would buy an island and hold war games over the school holidays. Winner gets a fruit basket.
SUSAN LANKESTER breaks out the catsuit and chants challenging words from Ann Lee while having lucid dreams of being a billionaire.
UMAPAGAN AMPIKAIPAKAN doesn't know much about being a billionaire, but he's pretty sure he'd be a darling at it.
"How much can I reveal?"
Fri 16 Mar, 8.30pm
ALFIAN SA'AT is a playwright, poet and fiction writer. Dah tu jer.
DORIAN WILDE is a transman who writes. Maybe one day he'll find the magic words and his family will understand. Well, one can hope.
HAFIDZ BAHAROM is a writer for The Malaysian Insider who focuses on socioeconomics based on lessons from his family.
JO KUKATHAS is an actor, director and writer. She has a large family scattered from Timbuktoo to Peru. Maybe.
SHARAAD KUTTAN peers into the family crypt to find Indian films, an anti-colonial trial, green chili chutney, a hybrid orchid and his story.
THOR KAH HOONG has been told he's not a Malaysian because his plays were in English. He created the first multi-lingual play in Malaysia.
"To be the awesomest human alive."
Sat 17 Mar, 8.30pm
AMIR HAFIZI wanted to be many things. He had many ambitions. Banyak cita-cita. Nowadays, he just wants to retire.
BERNICE CHAULY is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, actor, teacher, word and art-maker, mother and wannabe philosopher.
ZAINAH ANWAR, Sisters In Islam co-founder, knows her ideas displease some people. It's okay. Pleasing people is not her ambition.
JEROME KUGAN had ambitions to ditch Malaysia and be a world citizen. But alas, he learned to love the country that doesn't love him back.
LIYANA DIZZY turns a quarter of a century old this year & is well on her way to becoming the crazy cat lady her mother raised her to be.
Nama saya ZEDECK SIEW. Cita-cita pertama saya ialah juruterbang. Cita-cita kedua saya ialah arkeologis. Cita-cita ketiga saya ialah saintis.
SAYA SEBATANG PENSEL
"Will you still love me after you're done with me?"
Sun 18 Mar, 8.30pm
DINA ZAMAN has written for 18 years and her first karangan was titled Saya Sebatang Pensel. Today, she is Seorang Penulis.
ELZA IRDALYNNA feels that an actor is like a pencil; always another's story, never her own. Behold the pencil's revenge.
FAHMI FADZIL is a writer, performer, and political activist. When he can, he uses a pensel to write. Otherwise, he'll tweet at @fahmi_fadzil
SHARON BAKAR is British but has proven her assimilation into Malaysian culture by fully embracing the durian. Ouch.
SYAHREDZAN JOHAN is a lawyer. But once in a while, he wishes he were an inanimate object. Especially when dealing with difficult clients.
UTHAYA SANKAR SB menulis menggunakan pensel sebelum mampu memiliki pen, mesin taip, komputer dan telefon bimbit. Beliau masih aktif menulis.