Saturday, November 3, 2018

[PREVIEW] Bangsawan Dendam Laksamana | Admiral's Vengeance

Presenting Dendam Laksamana
Being a person who loves theater, I was super excited when I found out that there will be a theater show produced by Pat Ibrahim who will be presenting yet another Bangsawan season, featuring the Bangsawan Dendam Laksamana (Admiral's Vengence). Other than this being considered as a theater entertainment performance, it is also a part of our Malaysian history sharing the adaptation from the stories of Sultan Mahmud who was known to be once a heartless king that ruled the Johor State.

Entrace to the theater hall
The air-conditioned theater hall
Live music
In today's post, I'll be sharing with you a little preview of the storyline and my entire experience of watching Malaysia theater at the Malaysian Tourism Centre. Since I attended the first show they performed, I was not surprised to see many of Malaysians and even tourist filling up the seats in the theater hall. Also, I am aware that the title of the script is in Malay, but fret not as there will also be English subtitles for those who don't understand Malay.

The introduction set of the palace
Wan Anung and Laksamana Bentan
The storyline goes way back into history, sharing about Megat Seri Rama, or more well known as Laksamana Bentan, who happens to be a loyal warrior to the king who is willing to sacrifice his own life for the king of the state, for the government and the country. Thus, you can imagine him as a very strong fighter who is willing to do anything in order to keep the peace of the king and his country.

The people of Johor
Talking about the king, who this Laksamana is very loyal to, Sultan Mahmud Syah II was the king of old Johor and was known for his ruthless and cruel, not to forget that he was one of the main reasons of the split of unity between royals, and even the split between treasurers and the admiral who has always been the middle person in every conspiracy.

Wan Anung's pregnancy
The victory of a sad war that was not suppose to happen due to conspiracy
The story goes as the treasurer who tries his best to control the increasing conflict of the state and due to his strong character of taking revenge on people, he tends to put the admiral as the person at fault in any conflicted situation. As the king was only at 24 at the time, he never considered what the society needed which then lead him to be one of the most hated royals back in the day. So you can imagine how cruel the king was, but getting to see it live being acted out right before your eyes was a whole new experience of understanding history and moral values.

The sacrifice (One of my most favourite scenes)
I won't give you any spoilers in this post, but I can tell you that I teared during the show since they shared a love story between the admiral and his wife, Wan Anum. The actors and the set were so real, and it really brings you out of the current generation to think about what it was like in the past. Thinking about the storyline, I would have to say that it ended very well and the cast definitely won my heart despite the whole theater was being acted out in Malay. If the actors were good, trust me when I say that you will feel as if you were a part of the show.

Not your typical happy ending.
The cast of Bansawan Dendam Laksamana
Get your tickets while you still can! (Only up till 11 November 2018)
As a verdict, I would have to say that this is a recommended show that you must see it for yourself. Sadly, it will only be around from the 2nd of November till the 11th of November 2018. The show will be held at Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman, MATIC, in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur every night at 8.30pm up till 11th November 2018. Be sure to catch it while you still can as great shows produced by Pat Ibrahim do not come by often.

Story, Choreography, and Direction by Pat Ibrahim
Script by Siti Jasmina Ibrahim

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