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PenTAS Exclusive: A Chat with Tim Richey of The Gruffalo

This 29 October to 3 November, fans of the beloved monster Gruffalo will be in for a treat as Tall Stories’ West End production of The Gruffalo comes Penang. Brought to Malaysia by Gardner & Wife Theatre and staged at the Performing Arts Centre of Penang, or penangpac, this production of The Gruffalo has delighted young children and adults all over the world as it has toured the UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. 

In this PenTAS exclusive, we talk to one of the three casts of The Gruffalo – Tim Richey, who does a whole lot of acting and a fair amount of narrating. Born in Cheltenham in the UK, Richey is an actor who likes to paint and cites ‘pottering around’ as a hobby, which explains how he manages to juggle handling three roles (we will let you discover which ones for yourself) in The Gruffalo.   

What do you enjoy most about you roles in The Gruffalo?
I love the fact that I get to play so many different characters (I have a lot of costume changes!) Plus seeing the audience’s reaction when the Gruffalo first comes on stage is always a treat!

Tim Richey in Tall Stories' The Gruffalo
Tim Richey in Tall Stories’ The Gruffalo

What is the most exciting aspect for you in this production?
Snake sings a great song which always goes down a treat.

Is this the first time you as part of a production that is performing in Malaysia? 
Yes.

How has your experience in Malaysia been so far?
It’s been fantastic – lots to see and do and everyone has been so welcoming. When we left the UK it was cold and grey, so it’s been lovely to have a bit of sun.  The food has been great too.

Is there a difference between adult and young (children) audience? 
The children love all the slapstick humour but there are loads of jokes that the adults get too. The children are great during the audience participation parts – they are definitely louder than the adults! The show works on lots of different levels and so should be fun for everyone – whatever their age!

Oh, no! Where is the Gruffalo?

Why is theatre for children important? How does exposure to theatre and performing arts affect children?  
There are huge benefits for audiences of all ages in going to see theatre. In a world full of screens and computer generated 3D backdrops, young audiences really benefit from being told a fabulous story in a communal and interactive way. In the theatre, the performers can talk directly to their audience and the audience can talk right back. In The Gruffalo, the audience are at points encouraged (but never forced!) to shout out and join in so they get to experience something live and interactive. This immediacy is something theatre can do that cinema never can.

Theatre also provides young audiences with a chance to let their imaginations run wild. A stick can be turned into the bars of a cage, a cricket bat or a tightrope and a man can play a boy, a woman or a parrot – watching that kind of transformation happen in front of your eyes can be magical – for both young and grown up audiences.

Personally, which was your favourite theatre production that you enjoyed when you were young?
I remember seeing Cats in London when I was about 8 and spent most of the following weeks pretending to be a cat.

What’s next for you? Do you have another project lined up?
After Malaysia we head to Paris for a few days with the show and then we open in the West End in London.

Finally, why should parents bring their children to watch Tall Stories’ The Gruffalo
It’s a really imaginative telling of a great story. There’s something for all the family in The Gruffalo – songs, comedy and also a scary Gruffalo!  Children who have read the book will love seeing their bedtime reading live on stage and, as the show is aimed at families, we hope the grown-ups will be surprised at how much they enjoy it too.

THE GRUFFALO shows at stage 1, penangpac @ Straits Quay (3H-3A-1, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Penang) from 29 October – 1 November 2013 @ 10 am and 12:30 pm and 2 – 3 November 2013 @ 2 pm and 5 pm. 

 

The Restaurant of Many Orders

The acclaimed Japanese director and choreographer Hiroshi Koike brings us his latest work, The Restaurant of Many Orders which is part of the Koike Hiroshi Bridge Project. Said to be a physical theatre piece, this performance takes from Kenji Miyazawa’s famous children’s story of the same title and revolves around the theme of human and nature and the relationship between the two.

The Restaurant of Many Orders promises to be an enthralling piece of performance art in the vein of Koike’s earlier project, Pappa Tarahumara, lacing  traditional and contemporary dance with whimsical and surreal story-telling.

The Restaurant of Many Orders

Date

23 October 2013 @ 8:30pm

Venue

stage 1, penangpac @ Straits Quay (3H-3A-1, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Penang)

Ticketing information

RM 30 (Adults)

RM 15 (Students, Physically Challenged, TAS & Senior Privilege Card Holder)

Tickets can be purchased at TicketPro or the penangpac Box Office. For reservations or more information, call penangpac at 04-8991722 / 2722.

A PenTAS exclusive: Marrying Me – The Musical

“Still no boyfriend ah?”

Every single woman who has had this question hurled at her would understand how annoying it can be to have nosy aunties and ‘well-meaning’ relatives trying to set her up with any Abu, Ah Beng or Appu.

And “Still no boyfriend ah?” is how the publicity team behind Christopher Ling’s upcoming production, Marrying Me, starts of its pre-pre press release, which came along with a personal note stating that PenTAS was the first media to receive the preliminary information on what seems to be like a syiok-tastic musical comedy. Brownie points for Marrying Me (which I hope would eventually translate into ticket sales).

Based on a book written by Mark Beau De Silva, this production by the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) in collaboration with the Penang Performing Arts Centre (penangpac) tells the story of one Stephanie – a proud single woman. But as her will to resist marriagehood starts to fray and a looming tragedy corners her, will Stephanie change her “I don’t” to the dreaded “I do”?

We will just have to wait for Dec 5 to find out what Stephanie does when Marrying Me opens at penangpac.

MARRYING ME 

Content Advisory: PG-13: Parental guidance advised (13 years old and above)

Music Onn San

Book Mark Beau De Silva

Lyrics EllaRose Chary

Director & Production Designer Christopher Ling

Musical Director & Arranger Stephen Tok

Choreographer Lex Lakshman Balakrishnan

Featuring Stephanie Van Driesen, Sandra Sodhy, Tony Leo Selvaraj, Fang Chyi with Joel Wong, Aaron Teoh, Aaron Ho, Abdul Muhaimin, Ho Lee Ching, Tan Yi Qing

Date

5 – 7 December @ 8.30pm

8 December @ 3pm

Venue

stage 2, penangpac @ Straits Quay (3H-3A-1, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Penang)

Ticketing Information

RM53 (Adults)

RM33 (Students, TAS Cardholders)

Ticket Promotions: Group Bookings: Buy 10 tickets, get 1 ticket FREE

Tickets can be purchased at TicketPro or the penangpac Box Office. For reservations or more information, call penangpac at 04-8991722 / 2722

Follow Marrying Me online on Twitter and Instagram with #marryingmemusical

Beyond Ketupat & Kimchi – Celebrating Our Cultural Inheritance

Malaysia’s fascination with Korea does not end with K-Pop, Korean dramas and kimchi. Ketupat & Kimchi is an expression of this fascination; a fascination with the cultural and traditional Korea. This cultural arts festival will see the Korean Traditional Dance Team – Branch 2 Dance performing centuries old art form that is the Korean traditional dance. Part of the Korea National Dance Team, this team is sure to enlighten the audience with captivating dance pieces that are steeped in heritage and culture.

Be sure to catch Ketupat & Kimchi as it is stopping in Penang for only one performance!

Date

10 October 2013 @ 8.30pm

Venue

Stage 2, penangpac

Ticketing Information

RM33 (Reg.)

RM23 (Conc.

Tickets can be purchased at TicketPro or the penangpac Box Office. For reservations or more information, call penangpac at 04-8991722 / 2722.

A taste of Korean from Malaysia
A taste of Korean from Malaysia