A personal experience at GTF


Artistic innovations and risk-taking have come to characterise the annual George Town Festival. Not least is this seen in the creative theatre staged this year.

No politics this time. Let me talk instead about my experience participating in this year’s George Town Festival (GTF) as an actor in the play 2 Houses, which was specially commissioned as one of the festival’s closing shows.

We performed the play as a site-specific piece of theatre and our venue was Soonstead, one of the once-proud mansions on “Millionaire’s Row” along what used to be known as Northam Road (now Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah). Built in 1919, it was an ideal location for a drama about a set of characters whose lives are disrupted by the Japanese invasion of Malaya and their attempts to pick up the pieces three years after the end of the war.

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