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Siapa Yang Bawa Melayu Aku Pergi? (Who Took My Malay Away?) by Faizal Abdullah, Creative Producer

A lecture-performance that was inspired by the creator's early experiences of living in London, and made with the knowledge of life as a Malay person who was born, raised and educated in Singapore. This solo performance explores what it means to be Malay and what it then means to be Malay in Singapore. What begins simply as an attempt to reconnect with his culture - by sharing the disappearing traditional writing and reading system of the Malay Language, Jawi - then becomes a deeper exploration of lost culture, customs, heritage and self. 


Siapa Yang Bawa Melayu Aku Pergi? had its first scratch in 2019 at Barrel Organ’s LIVE 10 at Camden People’s Theatre & a work in progress showing at the Homegrown Festival: Occupy at Battersea Arts Centre. It was later being supported as part of Park Theatre’s Prism Project. After a long hiatus, due to COVID-19, the piece was revisited for Migration Matters Festival ’22 in Sheffield.

Siapa Yang Bawa Melayu Aku Pergi? was presented at :

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 (Winner of Eclipse Award)
Brown Jaga Brown Festival (Supported by Applecart Arts & Singapore Global Network)

Vaults Festival 2023  (Supported by Arts Council England,  Rich Mix, The Pleasance & The Yellow)

Created & Performed by 
Faizal Abdullah

Production Manager & Producer
Nur Khairiyah

Dramaturgy by

Faezah Zulkifli


Sound by

Maryam Noorhimli (Vault Festival'23)
Isyraf (Edinburgh Fringe'23)

Lighting Design by

Jonathan Chan (Vault Festival'23)
Natalie Wong (Applecart Arts'23)
Matt Morris (Edinburgh Fringe'23)

Charcoal Drawing & Animation by

Isabell Kinga Markus

Projection Design by

Jeffrey Choy

Movement by

Taufiq Wan


★★★★ Fringe Biscuit

★★★★ Binge Fringe

★★★★ Everything Theatre

★★★★ West End Evenings

★★★★ The Reviews Hub

Nominated :


Show Of The Week (Vaults Festival)


Photo By Hector Manchego

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