KL Shakespeare Players

Theatre Arts

KL Shakespeare Players’ was established in 2009, when an Australia-funded director conducted a two-week Shakespeare workshop for actors. When funding stopped in 2011, the local group took over and focused on taking Shakespeare to secondary and university students. On 3 January 2014, theatre-in-education traveling troupe was formalized and registered itself as a Sendirian Berhad based in KL on 29 January 2019. The association’s focus expanded to include performing for young children, growing the theatre audience, and surfacing good local works.

The company uses inexpensive and simple sets to sustain its purse and ease traveling; often using recycled costumes, rehearsal boxes, and mimed objects. It mostly relies on actors’ skills to breathe life into its productions, and employs various art forms such as Malay shadow puppets, Commedia masks, Japanese butoh, Chinese rod-puppets; fusing the traditional with the contemporary. The music-and-sonic creations it adopts come from diverse eras and with instruments, like the Tibetan singing bowl and Malay kumpang

KLSP is owned by two people who engage a pool of freelancers for all its projects. (170)

‘Kanang and the Serimpak’ Theatrical Arts

Through their ‘Kanang and the Serimpak’ performance, KL Shakespeare Players aim to introduce Bajau culture and folktale to the Malaysian community. The story will carry elements of a Disney fantasy, accompanied by an interactive performance-style that provides an educational and entertaining digital storytelling experience.

This production will feature live actors, animated presentations, and music; melded with online-media technology to give the audience an auditory and interactive experience. Visual artists will render authentic and beautiful images of Bajau life, accompanied by contemporary instruments such as the guitar and keyboard to ensure a youthful and appropriate depiction of traditional life.

Catch KL Shakespeare Players at ArtsFAS 2021 and enjoy their powerful performance! This event is supported by Yayasan Hasanah.

Catch KL Shakespeare Players in ArtsFAS
A Bajau Folktale : Kanang and the Serimpak
KL Shakespeare Players
Storytelling
22 November 2021

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27 November 2021

Latest Achievement

  • 2020, Halifax, Canada
    Artists Residency, Shakespeare by the Sea

  • 2020, Yayasan Sime Darby
    Sponsorship Grant, The Fool of the World

  • 2021, British Council
    Connecting Through Culture: OBJECTing Shakespeare

  • 2021, Yayasan Sime Darby
    Sponsorship Grant, Sang Kancil Stories

  • 2021, CENDANA Performing Arts Presentation Funding Programme
    Online Shakespeare Demystified: KING LEAR

Latest Coverage

IDEA (International Drama/Theatre August 31, 2021 “Together We Go On”
BFM Radio, 31 May 2021 - “Everyone’s A Critic – King Lear”
The Star, 25 May 2021 - “Virtual Bard: KL Shakespeare Players celebrate 10th anniversary with King Lear”
Bandar Activiti Seni, 21 May 2021 - “Watch ‘King Lear’ being performed live online”
BFM Radio, 17 April 2021 - “Daily Digest: The Show Must Go On. But Safely”

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