Dato’ Dr. Faridah Merican, the First Lady of Malaysian Theatre, has started this initiative to get the performing arts back on track, since the Government’s recent decision to delay the return of live audiences to theatre venues nationwide. This has left the arts community aimless for more than 6 months. This year in conjunction with International Women’s Day, Dato’ Dr. Faridah Merican was featured in one of the online plays directed by senior lecturer, Mark Beau and co-directed by Taylor’s student, Syazani Zikry.
The 45-minute programme also featured works by TUTAS (Taylor’s University and The Actors Studio) academics, Joe Hasham OAM, Omar Ali, Jit Yang and Ian Chow. The online performance premiered on Facebook on 8th March 2021, with a minimum donation pass of RM10. All proceedings were to support operational cost of Penang Pac. With the recent announcement of the government lifting the MCO, we hope arts activities can resume and more people will have the opportunity to watch live performances once again.