Productions

2016 - Singapore

Rosnah

Updated on: 19 Apr 2020
  • Photo Credit: Crispian Chan

  • Photo Credit: Crispian Chan

  • Photo Credit: Crispian Chan

  • Photo Credit: Crispian Chan

  • Photo Credit: Crispian Chan

  • Photo Credit: Crispian Chan

  • Photo Credit: Crispian Chan

  • Photo Credit: Crispian Chan

  • Photo Credit: Crispian Chan

SYNOPSIS

Synopsis

Rosnah is a young Malay Muslim woman who leaves home for the first time to study in London. As she navigates her new environment with determination, she forges new connections with friends who differ from her in all respects—personality, race and religion.
Would she be able to balance tradition and liberal ideals without losing her identity?

One of The Necessary Stage’s well-loved early plays by Resident Playwright and Cultural Medallion recipient Haresh Sharma, Rosnah is a monodrama of a Singapore Malay Muslim woman in London as she journeys through youth and womanhood to discover her own voice. .
First staged in 1995 at Tampines Regional Library, then at The Substation’s Guinness Theatre in 1996, Rosnah starred Aidli ‘Alin’ Mosbit and was performed in Melbourne in 1997 to critical and popular acclaim. The play was revived in 2006 as part of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, directed by Mosbit herself while Young Artist Award recipient Siti Khalijah Zainal took on the titular role.


Performed entirely in Malay for the first time, Siti reprises her role in this 2016 staging, directed by Cultural Medallion recipient Alvin Tan (Founder and Artistic Director of The Necessary Stage).

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Director
Alvin Tan
Playwright
Haresh Sharma
Cast
Siti Khalijah Zainal
Sound Artist
Bani Haykal
Set Designer
Wong Chee Wai
Lighting Designer
Lim Woan Wen
Translator
Aidli 'Alin' Mosbit
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PREVIEWS

23 Jun 2016
The Straits Times Life! - Nostalgic take on Malay
23 Jun 2016
The Straits Times Life! - Siti takes on Rosnah in Malay
21 Jul 2016
Berita Harian - Alin dan Siti 'selami' minda gadis Melayu di rantauan
31 Jul 2016
The Business Times - 20 years on, one-woman show still resonates

REMARKS

Remarks

Part of Pesta Raya 2016, Restaging of Rosnah (199509, 19961, 199709, 200604)

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