31. January 2019
The solo performance is based on a local legend about a Malay Queen in the 17th Century who ruled the East Coast state of Kelantan or Kota Jembal as it was known then. So beautiful was she that the sultans of the nearby lands vied for her hand. She also had supernatural powers.
No less was the handsome King of Siam whose request for her hand was rejected outright by Puteri Saadong’s mother. To avenge this rejection, the King invaded Jembal and burnt it to cinders and carried off the beautiful queen to Siam. Before leaving for Siam, Puteri Saadong who was by then married to her cousin, told her husband that she will remain chaste and that he should wait for her return.
Puteri Saadong was incarcerated in the Siamese palace for almost three years.
However, upon her return, Puteri Saadong, was angered that her husband, Raja Abdullah had married again. In a fit of anger after an argument, she killed him with her hairpin.
She disappeared immediately after this incident. Some say she moved her whole palace up into the mountains and there lived till her death. Some say she never died and still can be seen on the mountain on some mornings.
Masakini Theatre Company (Malaysia)
With: Sabera Shaik, Kamrul Hussin, Susan Sarah John
Lights: Normah Nordin
Directed by Tage Larsen (Odin Teatret)
1st NTL INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL AND MEETING
30 January - 4 February 2019
at Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Denmark
Since the 1990s Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium/Odin Teatret has hosted and been responsible for various international theatre festivals amongst which the recurrent Odin Week Festival (presenting the different aspects of Odin Teatret’s work), Transit Festival (dedicated to the work of women in theatre), the Holstebro Festuge (involving the local community). From the 30th of January to the 4th of February 2019 the first NTL Theatre Festival and Meeting will be held at Odin Teatret, with workshops, work demonstrations, work-in-progress, performances and a symposium. The NTL Festival will present the work of some of the artists and groups that make up the autonomous and connected constellation of NTL long-time residents and co-productions.