Directed by Ard Omar who is not a stranger in the local theatre scene, Tiang Cengal Dinding Sayung was presented at Perak JKKN Auditorium recently. Among guests who attended the heart-warming show were state executive councillor for Tourism, Art, Culture, Communication and Multimedia, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi and Perak JKKN Director, Jasmi Bin Rasit.
“The actors have done a tremendous job! I shed tears when the scene where Jimah scolded her children for being insensitive about their missing father. Congratulations to the theatre crews and actors,” said Dato’ Nolee after the show ended.
The story tells of fisherman Jumaat and his friends who were at sea when the Tsunami hit Kedah in 2004. As the sea calmed, bodies of Jumaat’s friends were found by the local authorities far from where they usually fish. Jumaat’s fate on the other hand, remained unknown as the police were still looking for him.
Back at the village, Jumaat’s wife, Jimah remained silent, believing that her husband was still alive. Their children who worked in the city came back to keep her company but a disagreement ensued at the family gathering.
The theatre was part of the literature component taken by Forms 4 and 5 students across Malaysia written by Suriani Mohd Yusof hence the reason why on the opening day the hall was filled with students from various schools in Perak. Director Yusop Najmi was happy with the number of people who attended the show and hopes that more supporters will emerge in the local theatre scene.