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ABOUT NTFB

National Theatre Festival Brunei (NTFB) is a weekend of theatre activities with the aim to showcase local theatre groups. The weekend will see local theatre groups showcasing theatrical performances and hosting theatre workshops. This festival is organised by 247 Studios, with Medley House Productions, The Creative Core BN and Just Bruneians.

NTFB is endorsed by Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, and supported by Baiduri Bank.

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WHEN & WHERE

30 July - 1 August 2021
JIS Arts Centre, Jerudong

 
PARTICIPATING GROUPS

There are 8 participating groups. Each group will stage a performance and host a workshop.

247 STUDIOS

247 Studios is a theatre company that was founded in 2019, with a motto “creating opportunities for creatives through theatre”. 247 aims to work with creatives of different backgrounds in producing theatrical performances. 

BRUHAHA COMEDY

Bruhaha Comedy have been putting on comedy shows since 2013. During 2020, amids the big C (chicken nugget shortage), they have been working hard to add improv into their skill set. With several sold out shows under their belt, they have now ventured confidently into the world of improvisational comedy, making people laugh without a script and thinking on the fly! They perform in both English and Bahasa Melayu and have been dangerously hilarious in both.

BRUNEI AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY (BADS)

The Brunei Amateur Dramatic Society (a.k.a. BADS) is a non-profit, non-government, drama-based society that hopes to provide a platform to those with a passion for acting within Brunei. BADS was established on 3rd November 1964, making the society 56 years old thus far. In contemporary years BADS has held workshops, comedy and drama plays.

MEDLEY HOUSE PRODUCTIONS

Medley House Productions is a storytelling company which strives to excel at telling entertaining narratives. Since 2019, Medley House Productions has made a number of theatrical productions of the more serious nature, both raising awareness for and encouraging preventative measures against serious societal issues such as suicide and sexual harassment.

KUMPULAN PUTRA SENI

Started in the early 1980s from five art-loving youths, Kumpulan PUTRA Seni is one of the original theatre groups in Brunei. It has grown to become an NGO consisting of performing arts lovers from around the country. The group are involved in various fields including theatre, dance, martial arts, music, poetry recitation and music.

RELENTLESS ENTERTAINMENT & ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS

Founded in 2008 by Sumardi Hedus & Amy Cheong with the aim of providing opportunities and platforms as well as improve the local creative and performing arts industry, Relentless Entertainment & Academy of Performing Arts specializes in training and nurturing talents for the big stage. Since their first production in 2013 they have produced 9 large scale musicals including Hairspray, Cinderella, Shrek, Musical Mania 1,2,3 and the recent Winter Wonders Sparks Musical.  

SALTED EGG THEATRE

Salted Egg Theatre is an all-female theatre group committed to providing a safe and experimental space for women’s stories, voices, performances and daring. We have three productions under our belt, The Tudong Monologues (2017), Sticky Ladies (2020) and A Night of Female Voices (2020) as part of the Tiny Lit Fest 2020. The group is managed and directed by Jacqueline Liew, Kathrina Mohd Daud and Siti Zuliana Haji Masri.

SUTERA MEMENTO

Sutera Memento is a local theater company that focuses more towards retelling and staging Bruneian-centric stories and legends. Their vision is to inspire the continuing growth of local talents, to participate and showcase their skills via professional theater production, both front and back stage.

 

FULL PROGRAM

The program will be held at JIS Arts Centre. Check out the breakdown of what's happening below: 

 

30 JULY 2021

4:00PM - 5:00PM

Cerita Kitani

Workshop by Sutera Memento

Akan mengajak para peserta bengkel dalam melestarikan penulisan skrip dan pengarahan berlatar belakangkan calak Brunei. Bermula dengan konsep yang ingin dipelopori dan seterusnya bereksplorasi dengan citarasa Brunei. 

5:00PM - 6:00PM

Artaudian Theatre: Physical Preparation for the Stage

Workshop by Medley House Productions

An intense physical training session that pushes the body and mind to its highest potential and prepares the actor for the stage. Artaudian theatre whips its actors in hopes of breaking their physical and mental barriers, resulting in limitless movement and unshackled creativity. 

31 JULY 2021

9:30AM - 10:15AM

Introduction to Asian Youth Theatre Festival

Sharing Session by Syazni Bakar

Open to all, no registrations required

10:30AM - 11:30AM

What and Why Asian Youth Theatre Festival & Regional Theatre

Sharing Session by AYTF Organiser Buds Theatre

Open to all, no registrations required

1:00PM - 3:00PM

FORUM

Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports

Open to all, no registrations required 

 

Tajuk Forum: Skrip Yang Berjaya
Skrip teater akan berjaya apabila skrip tersebut dapat diterbitkan. Malah skrip tersebut akan lebih berjaya apabila dapat dipersembahkan di atas pentas dan di depan audien.

 

Tajuk Forum: PERANAN SUMBER SEJARAH DALAM SENI PEMENTASAN TEATER
Teater merupakan salah satu bidang seni yang sudah lama dikenali dan bukanlah yang baru di Negara Brunei Darussalam. Bidang seni ini diakui melalui proses perkembangan yang tidak menentu. Namun pada masa sekarang ia kian diminati dan menunjukkan perkembangan yang meningkat walaupun tidak secara meluas. Salah satu indikasinya ialah banyaknya muncul kelompok-kelompok teater baik di sekolah, di peringkat Universiti mahupun dalam bentuk persatuan atau badan teater. Lazimnya teater melibatkan aspek-aspek tertentu di dalamnya seperti aspek moral, budaya, sejarah, bangsa, ekonomi, pergolakan sosial yang bergolak dalam masyarakat, dan sebagainya.  Hubungannya dengan audiens atau penonton itu pula adalah suatu keperluan yang wajib dan sangat rapat. Oleh kerana hubungannya yang rapat ini maka maklumat yang diketengahkan perlulah terlebih dahulu dipastikan kesahihannya selain tidak dimanipulasi untuk kepentingan tertentu serta ditokok tambah. Maka di sinilah sumber sejarah itu memainkan peranan signifikan dalam usaha untuk mengelak berlakunya hal penyelewengan fakta. Justeru itu dalam forum ini akan membicarakan tentang peranan sumber sejarah dalam seni pementasan teater. Ini adalah penting untuk diketahui dan difahami kerana dari sumber sejarah itu akan melahirkan fakta sejarah yang kukuh untuk dijadikan panduan dan bahan dalam menghasilkan suatu karya teater. Teater yang dihasilkan itu bukan hanya seni hiburan yang ilmiah bahkan mampu membantu melahirkan anak bangsa dan generasi yang bermoral, mempunyai nilai-nilai kebudayaan, kemasyarakatan, dan mempunyai jati diri pada mendukung nilai-nilai yang berpaksikan falsafah Melayu Islam Beraja di samping mensasarkan ke arah mencapai wawasan negara 2035.

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Meisner: An Emotional Exploration Through Connecting

Workshop by BADS

Meisner defines acting as “telling the truth under imaginary circumstances''. This workshop aims to encourage honest and truthful performance that begins from line delivery. The participants of this workshop will observe their own unique, individualistic, tendencies when acting, in hope that these will leverage their understanding of the scene when acting in film or on stage.
 

4:00PM - 5:00PM

Internal Affairs

Production by Medley House Productions

This production contains mentions of suicide,

depression and flashing lights.


A failed businessman’s life is on the line as a power struggle breaks out in an office of emotions. An intern comes up with a solution but nobody wants to listen. Would the officers put aside their differences to resolve this dire issue. 
 

5:00PM - 6:00PM

D.I.Y: Devise It Yourself!

Workshop by 247 Studios

This workshop is a hands-on approach to Devising Theatre. Practical and fun, you’ll learn the ropes of improvisational performance through collaborative work. Disclaimer: this is not a prop-making workshop nor a seminar. So be prepared to act and perform!

8:00PM - 9:00PM

Jeritan Batinku

Production by Sutera Memento

Lia dan Shahrul telah berkahwin sejak beberapa lama namun masih belum dikurniakan anak. Shahrul merupakan seorang yang kuat berpegang pada ajaran Islam manakala Lia, isterinya pula seorang yang sederhana dalam segenap lapangan. Konflik mula melanda setelah Zahra mula hadir dalam rumahtangga mereka. Mungkinkah akan terbina satu permulaan baharu?

9:00PM - 10:00PM

Lost & Found

Performance by Relentless Entertainment & Academy of Performing Arts

A series of stories told through movement and dance. An interpretation of the journey one goes through from a carefree childhood to the expectations of being an adult.  This 3 part piece is told through dance, movement and narration.

1 AUGUST 2021

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Forum Theatre for Social Engagement

Workshop by Salted Egg Theatre

This interactive theatre workshop will model how forum theatre can be used as a way of encouraging participants to use the tools of theatre to engage with social problems and raise social awareness.

11:00AM - 12:00PM

(W.I.P): Reunion

Production by BADS 

This is BADS’s first devise piece and a work in progress centering around a family dynamic. This device piece was created within the span of 1 month & includes the collaborative efforts of all the actors, the director and the writer. 

 

"The children or rather the young adults haven’t been together for a long time and they don’t exactly get along. Will they survive this family reunion?"
 

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Teater Fizikal

Workshop by Kumpulan PUTRA Seni

Teater jenis ini akan mengenal pasti aset tubuh yang berpotensi untuk menjadi sebahagian daripada set lakonan.

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Sticky Ladies

Production by Salted Egg Theatre

Sticky Ladies is only open to female audience members.

Masters student Jasmine has organised a panel bringing together prominent Bruneian women to discuss the serious issues local women face. But for some reason these ladies are having trouble staying on topic - and getting along. Jasmine thought feminism was about sticking together...but these ladies aren’t being very sticky at all! What’s an aspiring feminist to do?
 

2:00PM - 3:00PM

How to be Spontaneously Funny on Stage

Workshop by Bruhaha Workshop

Join us for this friendly introduction to improv comedy. Learn the basics of Improv, which include Saying Yes, Listening, Supporting and Finding Confidence on Stage. There is no need for any prior experiences in acting or comedy. Just sign up, show up and have a great laugh! Warning: You may suddenly become funny and start taking things less seriously. 

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Dang Samalindang 

Production by Kumpulan PUTRA Seni

Dang Samalindang memaparkan keperibadian watak yang pelbagai dalam sebuah komuniti ketika menghadapi zaman kemelut sejarah kedatangan Inggeris ke Brunei.  Ia disampakan secara simbolik dengan watak Dang Samalindang yang hilang dan muncul kembali setelah berlaku perebutan.

4:00PM - 5:00PM

Musical Theatre Song & Movement Workshop

Workshop by Relentless Entertainment & Academy of Performing Arts

This workshop will focus on techniques for acting through song and dance.

5:00PM - 6:00PM

Lawak Spontan

Performance by Bruhaha Terkidding Improv Group

Come and watch the Terkidding Improv Team as they act out silly scenes and fun games on stage! All fun, all laughs, no script! You get to participate by giving suggestions and see hilarious comedy magic unfold on stage! 

8:00PM - 9:00PM

Jalama

Performance by 247 Studios

The Jalama Show is a television game show created by the elusive Host. Since its debut in 2019, the show has quickly become the nation’s most popular game show as four Jalamas are selected randomly from the live audience to stand a chance to win $100,000 dollars. Once you are selected, there is no turning back for the only way out is through!
 
In order to solve the mind-boggling BIG QUESTION OF THE WEEK, the four lucky contestants are thrown a series of puzzles, riddles and obstacles. Can they overcome both the challenges and their differences? Or will they risk losing this chance of a lifetime?

Every episode is guaranteed to have you entertained, delighted and edging out of your seat! Maybe… it might even be you who stands a chance to win the cash prize next week?
 

 

CONTACT

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WhatsApp: +673 270247

Email: ntfbrunei@gmail.com
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