In 2003, Teater Ekamatra launched Projek Suitcase, a critically lauded series that utilised the format of poor theatre, involving a single actor with only one suitcase’s worth of props in a performance space.
An Esplanade Commission, this double bill production revives two of the most popular works from the Projek Suitcase archives, both of which deal with the themes of loss and longing.
Mama Lekas Pulang
What happens when the only person who truly loves you doesn’t even remember you exist?
Mama Lekas Pulang explores the world of dementia and how it affects even the simplest of relationships, one between a mother and her child. It investigates the feeling of loss, found memories, grief, and the triumph of the soul. The script was inspired by the songs of Uji Rashid, an icon of Malay pop music during the 1970s.
Ain, a woman in her late thirties, has always had issues of abandonment. Overwhelmed by her mother’s eventual demise, Ain grapples with the reality of redefining her existence, whilst trying to make meaning of the legacy of uncertainties that her parents left her with. As she seeks to excavate her family’s secrets, she comes to realise that certain questions are better left disposed, while some answers are best left abandoned.
Creative team for Mama Lekas Pulang
Aidli ‘Alin’ Mosbit | Playwright
‘Alin’ Mosbit graduated from Queensland University of Technology and has worked extensively with local companies like The Necessary Stage, Teater Kami, Wild Rice, Cake Theatre, Toy Factory, The Theatre Practice, Teater Ekamatra and Drama Box. With Noor Effendy Ibrahim and Alfian Sa’at, Aidli published an anthology of Malay plays in the book BISIK. She has toured to Scotland, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Romania, Hong Kong and Hungary, performing Singapore-brand theatre. A recipient of the Young Artist Award for Theatre in 2008, she is currently working in Temasek Polytechnic as the Section Head of the Arts Division while pursuing her Master of Education.
Moli Mohter | Director
Moli has taken various positions in theatre since 1993, ranging across stage management, production coordination, acting, costuming, set design props and stage makeup. She has also written and directed shows in recent years.
She wrote and directed Constipated Again, a monologue commissioned for Esplanade’s Pentas in 2012. She also performed a monologue, La Libre Latifa, produced by Teater Ekamatra and commissioned for Esplanade’s Pesta Raya 2002, under the direction of Aidli Mosbit. La Libre Latifa was also performed in Dewan Bahasa in Kuala Lumpur as part of Teater Ekamatra’s Projek Suitcase 2003.
Elnie S Mashari | Performer
Elnie is a prolific theatre practitioner who performs, production/stage manages, directs and a drama trainer for the last 2 decades. Her stage credits include Mama Lekas Pulang, My Mom Buys Condo, Ikan Cantik, Main-Main, Minah & Monyet which toured in Kuala Lumpur. In 2004/2005, she is one of TNS actor-facilitator for a Forum Theatre Workshop in India collaborating with the Students of Kirori Mal College, Delhi and with the theatre practitioners in Banda Aceh as part of the reconstructing programme. She has toured to Shanghai for Asia Contemporary Theatre Festival, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and The Darwin Festival ’07, Australia as part of an ensemble cast under Theatre Practice’s Play Play. Her last acting credit was for Teater Ekamatra – A Clockwork Orange. Currently Elnie is the Section Head of ITE Higher Nitec in Performance Production, which she oversees the technical theatre education in ITE College Central.
Creative team for Balik
Zulfadli Rashid | Playwright
Zulfadli Rashid’s notable works include Alkesah, Harap (an adaptation of Haresh Sharma’s Hope), The Chronicles of One and Zero: Kancil and Balik. His works have been produced and staged by Teater Ekamatra, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Drama Box, and Panggung Arts, at local and international venues and performing arts festivals. Zulfadli was the resident playwright and founding member of Panggung Arts and is currently an associate artist with Teater Ekamatra. He is also a founding member of the playwriting collective, Main Tulis Group.
Looking forward to the future, Zulfadli hopes to collaborate with artists across disciplines, languages, cultures, and nationalities and to continue creating art that will entertain, enlighten and inspire.
Mohd Fared Jainal | Director
Fared engages in cross-disciplinary work that delves into the realms of both visual and performing arts, with a particular interest in space, body and design. A strong advocate of physical theatre, he is constantly exploring body craft in performance. He is also studying the relationships between elements, and principles of art and the human self, asserting these links to be in symmetry and simultaneously manipulative. Fared has collaborated extensively with various theatre and art groups in Singapore as a director, performer, visual artist and set designer. He is the founding member of neontights, a theatre design collective that creates innovative stage sets and props pieces. Fared teaches at School of the Arts (SOTA) and is also the Artistic Director of Teater Ekamatra.
Farah Ong | Performer
Farah Ong is an independent artist based and residing in Singapore. She is an actor, performance artist, voiceover talent, children’s theatre director and educator She makes art, sometimes in the most unconventional medium and forms. Farah is most alive when she is performing. She finds the human connection pleasurable when teaching. She tries to understand pain when creating performances.
Currently, she is going through a period of finding joy in everything except art. Perhaps she is trying to figure out what it means to be human or preparing for a mid-life crisis. She believes that if we look at the world through the eyes of a child, magic would be found in everything. Farah is always a child at heart.