Following the success of the Sepet The Musical (@ Home) launch last weekend, Malaysian-British theatre company Liver & Lung has decided to continue releasing more live recordings of their hit 2019 productions.
Malaya Relived: The Penang Riots is an immersive historical musical that uses dark humour to explore the 1867 Georgetown riots between Cantonese and Hokkien secret societies. This critically acclaimed musical first premiered in June 2019 to a sell-out audience.
Streaming on Liver & Lung's YouTube channel for a limited time only. The recording of the musical stars Cheryl Tan, Melissa Ong (Ola Bola The Musical) and Phraveen Arikiah. It was recorded at GMBB and will be released at 9 PM on 8 May 2020 and will stream until 9 PM on 14 May 2020.
“This is a story of opulence, opals and opium. Last year, our audiences travelled back in time with us to experience 1867 like never before. They dressed up in clothes of the era, ate ang ku kueh and witnessed a sultry retelling of a rarely told event in Malayan Chinese history. If you missed it, now’s your chance to see it! We can’t wait to share it with you,” founder of Liver & Lung co-founder and director/writer of the musical Shafeeq Shajahan said.
Starring award-winning theatre and TV actress Cheryl Tan, The Penang Riots tells the story of Hokkien Lady Hwang as she governs her Great House in Georgetown. Her Lord has been at sea for almost half a year now and her snooping, yet devoted hand maiden, Opal (Ola Bola’s Melissa Ong), is finding it increasingly difficult to soothe her nerves.
Things take a turn when Lord Hwang returns and gifts the Lady with a personal slave, a dark-skinned eunuch (Titoudao’s Phraveen Arikiah) with a prophetic disposition. The eunuch relates that Lord Hwang has begun trading opium and may be working with the Red Flags, Georgetown’s most notorious Hokkien secret society.
“The reception Sepet The Musical (@ Home) received was incredible. The feedback was electric and extremely humbling. Liver & Lung is now determined to prove its dedication to entertainment during these difficult times with a second digital release,” said Hannah Shields, co-founder of Liver & Lung,
Liver & Lung has also released a special COVID-19 podcast, Finding Fabulous, which is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.