LIVER & LUNG RELEASING FREE-TO-WATCH STREAMING OF SEPET THE MUSICAL


‘Sepet The Musical’ Streams Free on YouTube for a Week

In September 2019, Liver & Lung Productions, the Malaysian-British theatre company behind the Malaya Relived anthology, adapted Yasmin Ahmad’s masterpiece film, Sepet, as an immersive musical.

This weekend, they are releasing a free-to-watch streaming of the production on their YouTube channel.

In partnership with GMBB, a creative hub in Bukit Bintang, Sepet The Musical ran for three sold-out weekends in late September.

The recording of the musical will be released at 9PM on May 1st, providing families with a post-iftar treat this Ramadan. The show will stream online until May 9th and there will also be a live talkback session at 9PM on May 2nd with the creative team. Audiences can catch a preview of the performance by watching the Sepet The Musical trailer.

“Last year, we were honoured to pay homage to this iconic film and were elated that Malaysians were happy with the outcome. We saw people from all walks of life come and watch the show and they all took something away from it,” said Shafeeq Shajahan, founder of Liver & Lung and director of the musical.

“Tapping into the magic that Yasmin Ahmad created was incredibly humbling. People were in tears every night. We had something incredible in our hands,” he added. “The vision for Sepet The Musical was to stay authentic to its source material and reignite the film’s narrative for a new generation of Malaysians.”

With a run time of 1.5 hours, Sepet The Musical tells the story of two teenagers in Ipoh – Jason and Orked. Jason is a 19-year-old Chinese VCD seller, while the bright Malay schoolgirl Orked loves John Woo films and everything Takeshi Kaneshiro. As a romance blossoms between them, social and racial pressures slowly surface as obstacles.

“The show sold-out almost immediately, so we’re happy that we get to share it with you now,” said Hannah Shields, co-founder of Liver & Lung and choreographer of the musical.

This month, Liver & Lung has also released a special COVID-19 podcast, Finding Fabulous, which is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

“These are unprecedented times and Liver & Lung aims to continue celebrating innovation and creating art,” Hannah added.

The performance of Sepet The Musical was recorded live at GMBB on September 21st, 2019. It stars Joshua Gui and Badrika Bahadur as Jason and Orked and is being launched on Liver & Lung’s YouTube channel, which features other digital theatrical content. The aim is to bring artists and audiences together in the age of COVID-19 and social distancing.

Streaming information:                                      For Further Information:
Release: May 1, 9PM                                     Email: liverandlungproductions@gmail.com
Sepet The Musical (@Home) Link:                Mobile: +6010.402.9323 (WhatsApp preferred)
youtube.com/watch?v=20tDBFpGrK8                 Facebook: liverandlung
Run Time: 80 mins                                       Instagram: @liver_and_lung
Sepet The Musical (@Home) Trailer:            YouTube: liverandlung
youtube.com/watch?v=bglOplJFlIY&t                 Website: www.liverandlung.com

ABOUT Liver&Lung
Liver&Lung is a critically acclaimed and award-winning international theatre company. Stylistic and didactic, its plays, musicals and events in London, Edinburgh, and Malaysia have reached a wide audience. In 2017, its original musical, Mahsuri and Other Peculiar Tales, won Malaysia’s Boh Cameronian Arts Award for Innovation in Musical Theatre.

PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS LIVER&LUNG PRODUCTIONS:
“Sepet the Musical… had an unexpected quality. The audience saw each other looking at the actors looking at us as we all cried, laughed and smiled together. It was a hall of mirrors. You realise you are building a collective dream with your fellow theatregoers: revisiting a memory of a beloved movie from more than a decade ago, remembering how your fellow Malaysians don’t fit into lazy categories, and inhabiting Yasmin’s Malaysia for a while’ – Critics Republic on Sepet The Musical

‘Director Shafeeq Shajahan making a virtue of low-budget necessity by letting a bare stage flow seamlessly... definitely an improvement on the grossly overproduced Broadway version’ – London Theatre Guide on Kiss of The Spider Woman

“A one-of-a-kind show, highly entertaining & educational to watch!” –The Star on Mahsuri (And Other Peculiar Tales)

“Shajahan showed a nuanced and intelligent direction… exhibiting a depth of talent and ensuring an emotive and layered performance that the socially incisive subject matter deserves” – The London Tab on The Wild Party

“If what I’ve written has whetted your appetite for the storyline, well I truly hope Liver & Lung would stage it again. and again, and again. If they did make it on Netflix, I’d watch” – Eksentrika on Malaya Relived

PREVIOUS PRESS COVERAGE FOR LIVER&LUNG:
Shafeeq Shajahan on BernamaTV Discussing Malaya Relived: The Penang Riots – BernamaTV