What Am I, A Bloody Banyan Tree?
A teacher struggles with her beliefs when characters from the past and the future collide with the realities of the present in this story of meaning, identity and human worth. ‘What Am I, A Bloody Banyan Tree?’ follows the journey of Mimi, a teacher who wants to inspire her students but is running low on hope and faith herself.
Her eyes wide shut, her desperation at a peak, Teacher Mimi – played by playwright/actor Marina Tan digs even deeper and harder than before! Will she learn something by encountering these diverse women from the past? Who is the mysterious character who bursts her bubble? Can she find hope again, in the midst of poignant, darkly humorous futility and despair? What’s up with the tree? Join Mimi on this quest she doesn’t know she’s on.
First staged in 2016, the show has been presented in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, returning to Penangpac for International Women’s Day 2018. In light of Malaysia Baru, Banyan Tree now returns with a snazzy updated trilingual script, this time directed by Christopher Ling, theatrethreesixty’s artistic director. This new production tours to Sinkeh in Georgetown, Penang once more as part of their annual Wayang Di Sinkeh season later this year.
Marina Tan (Playwright/Actor) is an actor, writer and director active in theatre and voiceovers. In whatever stage of the creative process, Marina is inspired by the spirit of humanity. This includes a passion for digging up and sharing the eclectic stories of our collective history, to add to the light of our journey forward. Her theatre credits include Amanda in Tennessee Williams’ ‘The Glass Menagerie’ (penangpac, 2016); tacky hairdresser Chanel in ‘Shear Madness’, for which she received a Boh Cameronian Arts Awards nomination as Best Supporting Actor (2014-2015); the Shakespeare Demystified series (klpac & penangpac, 2011-2014), and the titular character in ‘Postcards from Rosa’, which saw her embarking on a life journey spanning ages 16 to 70 (2013).
Theatre (in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Hokkien)
Evening performances: Thu, 19 – Sat, 21 July and Tue, 24 – Sat, 28 July @ 8.45pm Matinee performances: Sun, 22 & 29 July @ 3pm
Written and performed by Marina Tan Directed by Christopher Ling Soundscape designed by Harits Agustin
Mature Audience Advisory: This play contains scenes and language that may trigger and offend.