The last time I chatted with Soonufat Supramaniam, or Soon, was in 2014. He was preparing for a (dark but candid) performing arts piece for George Town Festival, titled Nine Deaths One Life, which explored death and celebrated its inevitability.
Now he’s moved on to something that couldn’t be any more different: Soon is a Teach for Malaysia alumnus and is currently an English teacher at SMK Lubok Buntar, Kedah. He is in the middle of producing a play on bullying – written, devised and performed by his students in rural Kedah.“We feel that bullying has increased in Malaysia over the past five years and the education system doesn’t pay much attention to this issue in an open way,” Soon says. Singing to the Lions will be staged at George Town Festival this August.
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