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PRESENTED BY Teater Ekamatra
WRITTEN BY Alfian Sa’at
DIRECTED BY Zizi Azah Abdul Majid
STARRING Hatta Said / Neo Swee Lin / Shida Mahadi / Siti Khalijah Zainal / Tony Quek
DATES 17 – 21 August 2011
VENUE Drama Centre Black Box

Nadirah is the popular and articulate Vice-President of her university’s Muslim Society. She convenes inter-faith meetings where students talk about how they should respect one another’s spaces.

Nadirah is also the product of a mixed marriage. Her father is a Malaysian Malay and her mother is a Singaporean Chinese who has converted to Islam.

One day, Nadirah’s mother tells her that she’s going to re-marry. To a man who’s not Muslim. Nadirah’s best friend Maznah, believes that everyone has a right to happiness. Her senior, Farouk, however, is outraged and urges her to do ‘the right thing’.

How does Nadirah make peace between various religions in school when she’s having the same problems at home? Can mother and daughter worship different gods? Will love or faith prevail?

Funny, insightful and moving, Alfian Sa’at’s award-winning Nadirah wrestles with the complex issue of religion by grounding it in a story about a quirky family and the ties that bind.

Nadirah won Best Original Script and Best Supporting Actress (Neo Swee Lin) at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2010.

“The political incorrectness that drives much of the humour in the play is so funny because it rings so true.”
— The Flying Inkpot

“One is awash with joy, anger, disappointment, sadness and finally, tranquility.”
— Berita Harian