BEDURUK Theatre Group raise the curtains of Sarawak Theatre Festival
The 12-day Sarawak Theatre Festival 2015 began with an impactful performance by the BEDURUK Theatre Group at Balai Budaya of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) Sarawak Branch on November 4.
The theatre group from Tun Abduk Razak Teachers Training Insitute (IPGKTAR) performed a play entitled ‘Kasin’ which tells the story of Lai Katong, a young man who dreams about his late wife Serinah. It was a major success for the troupe as the audience was brought on an emotional journey with Lai Katong as he faced the obstacles in his life.
Since it began in 2012, the BEDURUK Theatre Group focused on honing talents of future educators from the institute, building their self-confidence before an audience. It also helps them work with their students in future.
This was their debut appearance at the festival, led by Norhafizah Singki and comprising 76 members trained by cultural arts instructor Rusdi Morni.
Besides this festival, the BEDURUK Theatre Group has also performed at many theater competitions at the IPGKTAR level, as well as monodrama competitions, and state-level dekon contest organised by DBP, winning first runner-up.
The theatre group is currently fighting for a place at the national-level competition to be held next year against other theatre groups that include ASENTAR (UNITAR), Pertubuhan Teater Sanggar Kreatif Kuching, AKSARA, Senimanku (UiTM), Bayu (UNIMAS), SIFAR and Studio Labu Sakti.
Besides ‘Kasin’ other theatre performances at the week-long Sarawak Theatre Festival from Nov 4-16, 8.30pm to 10pm included ‘Titik Mula Titik Akhir’ by Asentar (UNITAR, Nov 5); ‘Samak’ by Grup Teater G-Teras (RELA Sarawak, Nov 6); ‘DejaVu Dari Langit’ (Pertubuhan Teater Sanggar Kreatif Kuching, Nov 7); ‘Mutakhir’ (Grup Teater AKSARA, Nov 8); ‘Anak Nazar Tujuh’ (Grup Teater Senimanku from UiTM, Nov 9); ‘Nazar Kumal’ (Bayu from UNIMAS, Nov 10); ‘Mendung Berlalu’ (Kumpulan Teater Permata Kenyalang from UiTM, Nov 11); ‘Melati Sarawak’ (Kumpulan Studio Labu Sakti, Nov 15) and ‘Si Panji Rumput’ (Kumpulan Persatuan Seni Persembahan SIFAR).
Members of the public are invited to come and watch these groups vying for a place at the national level next year.
The champion of the competition will receive a cash prize of RM2,500, while the first and second runner-up will receive RM2,000 and RM1,500, respectively. All winners will also receive a trophy and a certificate.
Best Director and Best Cinography will receive cash prize of RM800, a trophy and a certificate. Best Actor and Best Actress will receive cash prize of RM500, a trophy, and a certificate.
As for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, each will receive cash prize of RM300, a trophy, and a certificate.
All competing groups will receive cash prizes of RM500, a trophy and a certificate as a token of appreciation.
The festival this year also features performances from art activists and theatre groups, namely the Permata Kenyalang, and G-Teras (Rela Sarawak).
The Sarawak Theatre Festival organised by the state National Culture and Arts Department (JKKN) under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture with Ministry of Social Development (KPS) and DBP is a great platform to highlight theatrical works across Sarawak.
The Malaysia Theatre Festival (FTM) is also capable of unearthing talent and creativity among the younger generation in the field of acting, directing, production, set construction, props, management, costumes and makeup. It can also be seen as a learning syllabus for participants apart from a forum to exchange ideas through workshops organised by JKKN for this biennial festival.
Throughout the 70s and 80s, FTM was known as the Festival of Dance and Drama. In 1990, it was known as ‘Pekan Teater’ with a new format and approach that focused only on theatre before 2002 when it was rebranded as the Malaysia Theatre Festival with an audience-friendly approach.
The festival is also organised in conjunction with the ‘Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015’ and National Language