On 17 to 21 November 2021, 10 TUTAS students represented Malaysia in the Asian Youth Theatre Festival 2021. This festival was created in 2016 to foster ties amongst arts practitioners across the region. With representation from Singapore, Japan, Brunei, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh and Cambodia, Taylor's University & The Actors Studio (TUTAS) was the sole representative for Malaysia, and performed an original devised piece called ‘Masak Masak’.
Under the direction of Senior Lecturer, Mark Beau de Silva, the students wrote and performed the text and music of the 20-minute piece; a meditation on the melting pot that is Malaysia. Comprising real stories, the students crafted the physical intensive piece over the pandemic, and presented it to about 400 international audiences, live! ‘Masak-Masak’ received positive feedback from the international audiences, and TUTAS has been invited to represent Malaysia in the Asian Youth Theatre Festival, 2022, to be held in Japan.
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