A creative product of lockdown, Rice! The Show will unfold in two cities—Kuala Lumpur and London—and be performed live for two weekends only: February 20-21 and February 27-28, 2021. A melting pot of storytelling, food and song cooked up by Malaysia's own Wayang Kitchen and London's Omnibus Theatre, the piece was made possible by the British Council.
Some of you may remember Wayang Kitchen from our past review of the company's murder mystery dinner, but if this is your first time hearing of them, take our word for it that the company provides one-of-a-kind entertainment with a tasty edge. Read our interview with co-founder Razif Hashim:
Besides the obvious challenge of working from different time zones, what else did Wayang Kitchen and Omnibus Theatre have to surmount?
Razif Hashim, co-director and producer: The lockdown! It was extremely difficult to coordinate promo shoots, lock down venues, and carry out other crucial steps that come with putting together a production, especially when both countries are uncertain of what's happening in the other's landscape. It’s not been a walk in the park under these conditions.
Nevertheless, a show has materialised. What have you learned about taking theatre from the stage to the screen?
RH: We have learned many tricks and experienced many aha! moments over the past year, but the one thing that I am certain of is that live interaction always trumps recorded content.