「中学时我们就曾说过,长大以后要做剧团。」唯有梦想不落幕,原来是这一通电话,让新山从此有了 -《暗房》。 The fateful phone call that keeps a high school calling, and the “BlackRoom” dreams alive!

[编辑 Editor 吕大人   英译 Translator 刘大人   摄影 Photographer 刘大人]

大人我的即时通讯程式里,时常叮咚作响的那一个群组,总是来自於那几位自求学时期便相当投缘的话痨挚友。许多人总说,中学时的好友,是那个会影响自己一辈子的知己,更多时候足以改变人生的轨迹。

As we grow through life, we will meet many people along the way. Many will become our associate, someone we acknowledge every now and then. Some, we will call them, our friend. However, very few, maybe no more than 2 or 3, will have the privilege of being considered a lifelong friend. For us, our friends from high school saw us at our worst and our best. They supported all our wins and helped us through our failures. They made us who we are.

在这栋位于斯里亚南街角的顶层单位里,是暗房在此筑馆了逾一年的家。而将这自2012年起成立的暗房给一肩扛起的创办人,正是两位在新山宽柔中学求学时期,因参与戏剧研究会而结下不解之缘的知交,林书玉王毓雯

大人初次到访,看着暗房二字,就立即联想里头必定是黑压压的一片。噔!电梯门打开后正想按下门铃,书玉已探头应门,「早安!吃早餐了吗?要喝点什么吗?不如我先请毓雯帮你们准备咖啡如何?」盛情难却啊!转身与毓雯先打了声招呼后,大人双眼忍不住四处兜望,「我太喜欢这个地方了。」摸着处理过的斑驳墙壁,与每一处的巧致玩意儿,没有梦想的支撑,哪能成事?

打开话匣子一点都不难,毕竟大人我也是校友,这时书玉突然抛出一个问题,「大人,在新山有哪场表演活动让你最难忘?」这问题倒是难不倒大人,犹记得去年12月在新山市中心参加过一场酒店开幕仪式,那迎宾方式真的好特别,不同於往日仅以剪彩舞龙舞狮助兴,而是加入了以迪斯尼音乐剧 Beauty and the Beast 为题的精彩表演,至今难忘。「真的吗?大人!你说你最难忘的是那一场活动?」没错!只见两人耶的一声击掌欢呼,原来那真是你俩的杰作啊!「大人!我就是扮演茶壶那一位。」毓雯这么一说,大人这才恍然大悟 😂。

Nestled in the penthouse unit of a corner shop lot in Bandar Seri Alam, lies a BlackRoom that’s is a shiny beacon of light in the local drama and culture scene. The brainchild of Brenda and Yuwen, BlackRoom is the culmination of a chanced encounter in high school and a shared passion for acting and the arts.

“Good morning, had your breakfast already?” The warm greeting on arrival by Yuwen instantly broke the ice and the welcome coffee sets the stage for a free-flowing and productive conversation that would take up almost our entire day. The real surprise, however, was the fact that our first encounter actually took place in the most unexpected of circumstances. When Yuwen posed us a casual question “Given your omnipresence in so many functions and events, which is your most memorable?” We unanimously point to the grand opening ceremony of Trove Johor Bahru last December, with the various characters from Alice in Wonderland singing and interacting with the guests throughout. Yuwen revealed a startling response, “I was there too, as the teapot!”

「中学时我们就曾说过,长大以后要做剧团。」这个长植心中的梦想,随着书玉毓雯在毕业后,分别往国立台湾师范大学 (主修英国文学,副修表演艺术) 与新山南方大学 (平面设计) 深造后而搁置了,「从台湾回国后,我便在自家的冰淇淋公司上班了好几年,是毓雯的一通电话,让这个当初的梦想有了成团的契机。」眼前的书玉,谈起这段往事仍犹历历在目。

搞艺术,相信许多人 (尤其是身边的长辈) 的第一个联想就是,「搞艺术能当饭吃吗?」书玉说当初原先反对其想主修表演艺术的父亲,在她大学毕业回国后反倒相当支持她继续往表演这一块发挥,毓雯的那一通电话,宛如一把火,「大家还记得几年前国光石化要进军边加兰盖厂这件事吧?当时有一个社运组织,叫做柔南黄色行动小组 (JYF),他们做了一个活动叫拯救边加兰艺术计划,毓雯当初在网上看到这个计划后就心想不如就趁自己去纽西兰背包打工渡假前做一件有意义的事,于是就打了通电话给我。」在旁的毓雯笑言,因为实在不想埋没书玉的才华才拨电询问其参与的欲望,书玉一句「好啊!」就让两人决定驱车到边加兰参与了那一场社运抗争集会,并向JYF表达想在渔村内做一场实验剧场的想法,「看了那一片海滩后,我们决定转念捍卫这里的环境。虽然我们在宽中都是戏剧研究会的会友,但毕业后就读的科系并不同。那时我们心想既然要一起参加这个计划,不如就用我们最擅长的表演艺术与插画结合,以剧场的动态方式与插画展览的静态方式,来为边加兰事件发声。」

Their dream to set up a performing arts troupe while in high school was never forgotten, but life has other plans. Destiny first took Brenda and Yuwen on different paths, to National Taiwan Normal University (majoring in English literature, with a minor in performing arts) and Southern University College (majoring in graphic design and illustration) respectively. “All was well for a few years, as I joined my family ice-cream manufacturing business after graduation before a phone call from Yuwen would turn my world around,” Brenda recalled vividly on this pivotal, even life-changing moment!

Like most around us, many were sceptical and questioned her decision when Brenda took to the arts again. She attributed her U-turn to the support of her dad, who initially opposed her pursuits in performing arts. That fateful phone call in 2012 from Yuwen came in her midst of preparing for her working holiday to New Zealand. Upon learning about the “Save Pengerang” movement by the Johor Yellow Flame (JYF) group, she puts her plans on hold. Sensing their inner callings to contribute and help make a difference, Yuwen took a long shot by picking up the phone and Brenda gladly obliged without any second thoughts. After making their trip to Penggerang and understanding the circumstances surrounding the fishing village, the ladies decided to take on a bold and experimental approach to create awareness to the plight of Pengerang. What better way to support the rally, and for the residents to be heard loud and clear than to actually paint the pain, and act out the consequences that are plain for all to see?

两场背对着大海、名为《死海》的实验表演共吸引了两百多名观众千里迢迢到边加兰实地观展,同时亦成功引起了媒体的关注,当各界询及书玉毓雯隶属哪个团体时,这倒促成了两人在某一个午后为暗房起名的契机,「会取名为暗房,主要是因为我们觉得表演通常都是在一个黑暗的空间内产生,而我们打开房门邀请观众进来窥探里头所发生的事,透过剧场表演将社会里所隐藏的课题发声反映给大众。」

Aptly named “The Dead Sea”, the duo’s debut appearance saw over two hundred members of the public and the media travelled the distance to appreciate up close and personal the scenery, as well as the severity of the environmental issue. When quizzed by the press for more background on their yet-to-be-named performing group, Brenda and Yuwen looked each other in the eyes, before quick-wittedly coming up with BlackRoom Theatre & Illustration– a space dedicated to inviting people to empower, explore and experience life through various art forms. 

暗房位于三楼与顶楼的墙面上,挂满了团员们演出的点点滴滴,「大人,刚若你有到洗手间,就会发现多面镜子上都画满了氧气罩,这其实是毓雯当初参加边加兰表演后所创作的装置艺术作品,真实刻画出当时的环境染程度已经到了需要靠氧气罩生活的状态。」

「三楼的空间差点就成了外劳宿舍,知道这消息后当下真是晴天霹雳。」最初的暗房位居单位最顶端,之所以会忍痛把楼下 (三楼) 的空间也租下,完全是为了避免无谓的纷扰,毕竟剧场表演空间所营造出的氛围与其安全性也需慎重拿捏,即便面对财务吃紧,书玉仍持着捍卫梦想的坚毅,大人此刻开始认为,她的信仰应该是,「勇敢」

Located on the 3rd floor and penthouse level, the BlackRoom is anything but dark, with the walls decorated with memories and memorabilia from their past performances. “You would have probably noticed the washroom is covered with mirrors with an artistic twist,” Brenda pointed out. It turns out that these reflective glasses with oxygen masks mural were part of the installation from the “Save Pengerang” art project, a solemn display of solidarity with the residents designed for visitors (and perpetrators) to do some serious soul searching and self-reflection!  

“Guess what, our original space was confined to the top floor due to tight constraints. On learning the space below would be converted into a dormitory for the nearby foreign workers, we had to act fast and bite the bullet,” Shuyu revealed. Determined to defend their dreams and to provide a working environment without disturbance, BlackRoom needs to be free from all distraction and noise. The ladies are also adamant that the same venue should be conducive for the audience to appreciate their works. We sincerely applaud the extra effort they put into all their shows while simultaneously preserving the “environment”. Kudos for courage!

Black Room 暗房简介

暗房成立快五年了,一直秉持着以剧场表演及插画创作反映现实社会中暗藏或被忽视的问题,唤醒观众对这些问题的思考与重视。这一群对艺术热爱的年轻人为此努力着,希望更多的人愿意支持亦愿意一同感受艺术的魅力!2016年暗房将会有怎么样的最新作品?《面惧》等着你/妳,还没买票的现在就行动!

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2012年7月15日成团后,暗房的表演皆是与宽柔中学的学弟妹们一起参与,由于大多有正职在身,因此也仅能利用周末业余的时间进行排练,「由于许多人因为地理因素错过了当初在边加兰的那场演出,我们便决定将这表演《死海新山站》搬到新山 City Plaza 三楼的一个仓库内做演出。」书玉说起这一切原本并不在计划内,因为伙伴毓雯其实已因表演而多次展延到纽西兰背包旅行的时间。

毓雯远赴纽西兰后,书玉与戏剧研究会的会友们持续参与了多项校庆与商会的演出,希望能透过不同方式的表演接触社区,「其实一开始我们仅属业余性质,并没有太多规划,但我们坚持每一年要有一个对外的公开作品,慢慢地让许多新山观众认识暗房这个剧团。」

With their official formation on 15 July 2012, BlackRoom began with the gathering of many like-minded alumni of Foon Yew High School. Actually, most members were juggling between their full-time employment and rehearsals after work. Before having their own performing arts studio, the shows were staged in a vacant office store on the third level of City Plaza, including a JB reprisal of “The Dead Sea” for those who missed the original play. The time has also come for Yuwen to finally embark on her overdue NZ working holidays, having put her plans on hold for the Pengerang’s cause. In her absence, Brenda opted to keep the show going by being actively involved in many curated alma mater’s anniversary performances and corporate events. Even without a proper calendar of events, Brenda insisted on having at least a signature show for the public at least once a year to keep the momentum, and their fans and following happy.

《面惧》剧场演出暨插话展览 观众观后分享

好评如潮!暗房剧场演出 暨 插画展览 《面惧》5月8号 加场啦!!!感谢观众朋友们对《面惧》的支持,让我们在为社会发声的创作路上,继续探索,走得更远!倒数4天,门票有限 ,万勿再次错过!!!————————————————————————————————日期:2016 年 5月 8日 (日)地点:BLACK BOX, MAP NUSAJAYA, MALL of MEDINI (Legoland)票价:RM 40热线:018-784 5022————————————————————————————————2个场次:3a. 插画展览:10:00am 剧场演出:11:00am3b. 插画展览:02:00pm 剧场演出:03:00pm

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小品2:《Notification》因为通讯方式的革新造成的沟通问题,一直在不停的循环着。我们进化到了相对无言,视而不见的境地。食不言,寝不语,低着头,两指翻飞,在现实中的人与人,却仿佛不再有所交集。但,无论人们怎么否定它的价值,科技持续…

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2016年4月,暗房连同30位来自全马的插画家於 Mall of Medini 的 Black Box 同场诠释以《面惧》为主题的剧场表演与插画展览。为期两天四个场次的插画展与两个小品演出 - 《十面埋伏》《Notification》,针对社会治安让人性变得冷漠的真实情景与仰赖网络联系的亲子问题等而引起广大回响,「那时应该吸引了约800名观众来看剧。」书玉说道。

The collaboration with 30 nationwide illustrators in April 2016 saw BlackRoom present a unique dual-interpretation on stage and still imagery. An estimated 800 over visitors converged in the Black Box at Mall of Medini to pay homage and celebrate the artistry on show. The two short skits meanwhile also garnered wide acclaims from the appreciating public.

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2017年,暗房在六坪工坊策划了以讲述两代人故事的《四分之一暗房剧场演出计划》。4部小品 - 《辈对辈》《Yes, I do》《好》《婚宴》,透过以年轻人这一代的观点回望父母的年代,将许多生活中关于亲情的观念矛盾与日常冲突、单身不成家的人生、单亲家庭的亲情绑架等值得探讨的社会课题一一搬上舞台。

In 2017, BlackRoom took to the stage again, with a particular emphasis on engaging the young and old together in a conversation around the values we all hold to be important. Be it family ties, marriage, bachelorhood or single-parenting issues, the four short skits offered both critical and creative stimulus; offering a range of profoundly educational perspective on stage to deepen the engagement for an “intergenerational dialogue”.

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这一路走来,书玉发现原来暗房的作品仿佛皆针对时下社会课题而策,「这并不是我们刻意实现的目标,但也因此让我们慢慢思考出这是否就是暗房的演出宗旨。」被她俩笑称为《社会使命》的四个宗旨也就因而衍生:一、暗房希望透过表演与插画艺术创作与社会对话;二、延续本土表演艺术文化的发展;三、辅助弱势或被欺压的群体;四、捍卫与保护环境,「我们希望能一直好好将这些宗旨贯穿在制作里面,譬如多年前暗房就开始以再生循环的概念出发,逐步减少印刷节目册、海报及票根。」立下了宗旨后的暗房,对于接下来的演出概念愈是清晰,尔后与来自槟城的团体 Plastic City Theatre Troupe 所合作的影子戏,正是其一,「所有影子戏的玩偶都是使用丢弃的塑胶袋、宝特瓶、饭盒等再生垃圾来做的。」

的确,大人在暗房走了一遭后,发现此处真是将旧物发挥至极致,许多咱们或许会丢弃的物件经她们巧手改造后,竟成了有趣的点子。

While BlackRoom isn’t conceived to achieve a social, community or environmental aim,  Brenda observed the social impact that its performance or production have on art and environmental sustainability issues, no matter how insignificant. Before they knew it, BlackRoom has kinda assumed the mantle to drive social changes, by providing a platform for 1) social dialogue; 2) local performing arts to thrive; 3) a voice for the marginalised or minority and 4) for the environmental issues to be in the spotlight. To lead by example, BlackRoom is going digital and paperless by gradually reducing its printed program sheets, posters and ticket stubs. A subsequent cross-border collaboration with Penang’s Plastic City Theatre Troupe is a further testament of their commitment, a contemporary shadow play that uses only upcycled materials as their main element throughout the performance. Indeed, we were very impressed by the sheer amount of upcycled items that are put to good use all over BlackRoom!

完成了一系列表演的书玉,此时内心也冒出了想要辞去从事了八年的正职,全心投入剧场表演,「正巧当时毓雯也从欧洲回到了马来西亚。」原来当初在纽西兰游历了十个月的毓雯,在回国的半年后又再出发前往欧洲背包旅行历时三年之久,「《四分之一暗房剧场演出计划》之前的演出我都没有参与,回来时刚好碰上《四分之一》就临时上场轧上一角。」毓雯说道。

每一个月两次的周末例常训练,从成团一开始的踊跃到后期的倦怠,团员们开始意兴阑珊,书玉甚至曾面对过一对一排练的窘境,「一度很气馁,想着不如干脆就停止算了。」

A series of successfully accomplished projects and passion that grew by the day finally persuaded Brenda to quit her day job of 8 years to pursue BlackRoom‘s endeavours. The return of Yuwen from her subsequent 3-year working stint in Europe and timely involvement in 2017, albeit a cameo role, further strengthened her resolve to take up the position on a full-time basis. Granted, there were times when people said that BlackRoom won’t make it; or when troubles seemed too much to take, but they did it!

当时远在海外的毓雯看着群组里的一言一语,想着当初因为自己一通电话而藉着情感成团的暗房,如今显得毫无生气,此刻的她内心充斥着的,是无能为力。「当时回国,其实是想亲自结束暗房。」只讲心不讲金的剧团,要亲手了结谈何容易?就在毓雯书玉为结束剧团而会的那一面,书玉问了一句,「毓雯,你回来后有何打算?」当时的雯一心想往插画界发展,并规划了想找个小小的落脚处作为工作室,同时也向书玉表明其亦能在工作室内继续排戏追梦,毓雯此时笑言「我当初一心想要的小工作室,没想到后来竟变成眼前这般模样。」

2017年年杪,决意全心投入剧场演出的书玉,向毓雯提出了想要租下一个较大的空间,「我并没有立即答应,对于这件事,我想了好几个月。」而眼前这一切,终在书玉鼓起勇气拿着企划案向身边朋友募资后,有了雏形。

However, the biggest “crisis” came when Yuwen contemplated winding up BlackRoom as the troupe was struggling to stay afloat, and its formation was rather impromptu at the spur of the moment. In a face-to-face meeting with Brenda on her return from working holiday, both ladies were looking at each other in the eyes in silence when a casual question from Brenda turned out to a career-defining moment. “What are your plans after Europe?” Looking to further her interest and developing her graphic illustration skills, Yuwen was toying with the idea of a small design studio, which could possibly double up as a performing arts studio. The rest, we now know, is history as Yuwen had her wish granted though not quite the way she first envisioned.

Taking into account both their current requirement and future plans, Brenda proposed a need to lease a much bigger space. Yuwen was hesitant at first, and ponder over the idea for a few months, before finally giving Brenda‘s proposal the nod, after countless revisions and having secured the necessary funding of course.

2018年开馆至今,已有一年光景,暗房其实一直面对着资金的挑战,剧团无法仅依靠票房收入来维持营运,「以前一年只制作一档剧,融资方面的难度没现在大。可是当我们决定把剧团给搞起来时,得先要有一个空间,若是一年想要有五、六档剧,必须要有一个能让大家永续经营存活的方式。」

A year on but still facing financial uncertainties from their sole dependence on ticket sales, Brenda began laying the foundations for BlackRoom towards long term sustainability. The monetary demand for annual production in the past was still manageable, but to keep the troupe together for 5 to 6 productions a year, the situation calls for a more sustainable model.

靠着过往在企业里磨练出的商业眼光,书玉暗房策划了以公益加上商业性质为主轴的社会企业 (Social Enterprise) 经营模式,除了自家的剧场演出外,各方亦可在此租借场地、商演与举办团设等,透过多面性的合作交流,让更多人了解何谓剧场表演艺术。「所募集到的资金在为剧场添购设置后,所剩不多,你们现在看到的一切其实都是靠我们自己动手设计,就连油漆、贴隔音棉等不假手于人,有些家具还是学生家长们捐赠的。」

The world of art needs more entrepreneurship, and the world of enterprise needs more art. With a foot firmly planted in both camps and drawing business insights from her past managerial experience, Brenda devised a “Social Enterprise” model that fully maximise the potential that BlackRoom studio now presents. By opening up the space for rent by other performing artists and event organisers, BlackRoom is now home to even more creative engagements, fans interaction and even enterprise networking. Even with these potential sources of income, Brenda and Yuwen remained meticulous in their infrastructure spending and upgrading. Drawing from all possible resources such as DIY sound-proofing and painting, the contributions from parents also help to keep their expenses within budget. 

「我们真的已经用完了所有的本事,就希望能让这个空间能永续经营。」为了让暗房里的每一寸面积都能成为经济来源,这里除了推出让文创作者摆售作品的暗格 àn box外,在刚过去的4月份,还首次主办了二手巴剎 – 暗市。创作多面手的两人浑身才气横溢,她们的本事居然还有让大人盛赞、充满妈妈味的私房菜!在 Take A Break 暗食吃饭的文宣里,就有着这一句,「艺术源自于生活,柴米油盐酱醋茶是生活的日常;在这喧闹的城市里,放慢脚步、暗时吃饭,感受生活,让我们为你做做饭………看你吃完,然后长胖!」若待会儿看官们瞧见她们家的诚意料理,一定不会在乎会吃胖!

Giving their all to make every usable space economically viable, BlackRoom also offers online retailers, entrepreneurs and local designers a platform to showcase their products with àn box. Now everyone can be a “shop owner” at a very affordable price. The open space on the 3rd level has also been turned into a market place for lovingly refurbished and upcycled secondhand goods with the Black Bazaar most recently held in April. Having inherited their moms’ knack for cooking, Brenda and Yuwen have also turned their original pantry into a private kitchen. Aptly named Take A Break and a gentle reminder not to forget our meals, expect mouthwatering home-cooked dishes that are as good as our moms’ cooking!

有家了后的暗房,还真是越玩越大!开馆后第一年就决定开六档剧!「第一部剧我们就决定与敬重的启蒙老师刘景康合作。」开馆后的2个月便制作了这部探讨生命轮回课题的 《Samsara》。尔后更与来自吉隆坡的著名鼓团人人人鼓剧场合作静态的装置艺术,为空间创造了更多的可能性,暗房不仅为他们设计了整个舞台背景,「毓雯也绘了一幅超大的壁画为布景,人人人鼓当时就在这布景前表演。」

With a new studio to call “home”, BlackRoom began their quest towards sustainability with the first of many productions as a fitting tribute and collaboration with their first mentor Liu Jingkang to explore the cycle of death and rebirth with “Samsara“. Continuing the momentum, BlackRoom next collaborated with Kuala Lumpur’s prominent Orang Orang Drum Theatre to open up our senses to auditory and visual arts. In fact, Yuwen’s oversized mural was a prominent fixture throughout their joint performance!

《Saṃsāra》 前世今生,一縷迴光你買票了嗎?😊暗房自4月開幕以來,馬不停蹄的籌備這個 2018 首炮的劇場演出。此次演出,別具意義,與我們中学时期的戲劇啓蒙老師 – 劉謹慷 Lew Rorn…

Posted by 暗房 Black Room Theatre & Illustration on Ahad, 3 Jun 2018

 

紧接而来的是暗房的第一档儿童剧《等灯等灯》,全剧以12岁至15岁的小朋友为主角,剧情讲述一个让师长头痛的小朋友,虽调皮捣蛋却又创意十足。一回因不小心打破灯泡而决定发挥创意补救,用自己的方式弥补过失后却被老师严厉斥责。暗房希望藉由这个故事让观众们看见每一个孩子其实都有个别的能力,缺的只是我们为他们点亮的一盏灯,而并非只有品学兼优的小朋友才值得被关注。「其实在做戏剧推广的时候,儿童剧是一个非常重要的环节,我们有个单位叫做暗房小戏班,一直都有指导从幼儿园至中学的戏剧表演,暗房小戏班主打的是小朋友必须透过玩或游戏这回事来认识世界与渡过童年时光。」

With a renewed focus on nurturing young talents between 12 to 15 years old, the third production “děng dēng děng dēng” is certainly not child’s play. Giving budding performers from their Little Playroom a much-anticipated debut and working together with local drama school BigFish, BlackRoom hopes to develop the kid’s imagination, expression and social skills, while providing a platform for them to showcase their creativity.

【暗房首部原创儿童剧】——《等灯等灯》隆重登场!!一部轻松热闹、欢愉搞笑、极富意义的儿童舞台剧8月登陆暗房!赶快扶老携幼,一起走进剧场,给自己和家人来个意义非凡的舞台剧体验吧!订票热线现已开放!.《等灯等灯》由[ 暗房小戏班…

Posted by BlackRoom 暗房 on Selasa, 24 Julai 2018

 

第四档则与来自峇株巴辖的小石头剧场合作《男孩变种计划之恋爱狂想曲》,以讲述同性课题为主轴的剧情,全剧仅有三个人上阵,「这出戏打破了剧场的观赏格局,我们将剧场变成一片草原,大家一起野餐,中间有一大棵许愿树,观众买票入场时就会提着我们准备好的篮子,里头有蛋糕和饮料,大家一起写许愿卡挂在树上,很多观众第一次觉得原来剧场看戏也能体验零距离。」

人权纪录片影展-自由电影节 (FreedomFilmFest,简称FFF) 合作的项目,是暗房打破了导戏演戏的范畴,首次在自家场地播放了8部马来西亚纪录短片及一部国际纪录长片。

The fourth production brings together BaTugether from Batu Pahat to put up rhapsody with active audience participation. Starring only three performers on stage, the story centred around a wishing tree. The BlackRoom theatre was instantly turned into an open picnic ground, with real baskets full of food and beverages for the audience to become part of the show. Their wishes were also written and hang on the tree – probably the first of its kind experiential play in town!

In reaching out to Malaysia’s leading annual international human rights documentary film festival, BlackRoom has played host to the screening of 8 local short films and an international documentary during the FreedomFilmFest (FFF), bringing together activists, filmmakers and members of the public to exchange experiences around thematic human rights topics.

男孩变种计划之《恋爱狂想曲》首演啦!谢谢来暗房寻找爱情的大家,明天我们继续重置爱情,发现爱情。-《恋爱狂想曲》改编自小品舞台剧《SURE…

Posted by BlackRoom 暗房 on Khamis, 25 Oktober 2018

 

做过了五场形态各异的演出,2019年的2月 (农历正月初十),暗房终于献出了她们成团七年来的年度大戏《旺旺》,这部原创剧本同时也与马来西亚多个团体进行合作,并由人人人鼓为整出剧打造了充满原始元素的原创音乐,「之所以称为年度大戏,是因为这出戏的演员最多,全剧演员都以狼与狗的妆发造型现身,耗资最多,同时也是让我们陷入财困的一出剧!」书玉毓雯此时相视大笑,「《旺旺》这出剧从创作文本到演员排练,前后筹备了一年,在今年农历新年期间共演了十场,那是我们第一次演那么多场,演了两个星期。而今年也是我们为暗房设下的动物保护年,同时也想向经典音乐剧 CATS 致敬,所以就以这部剧作为今年的重头剧。」书玉说,在生物链里,狗其实是由狼演化而成的。当人类发现原来原来以食物就能驯化狼之后,使得狼性渐失而演变为狗,「主要是探讨人类如何对待动物这回事,而且我们也以旺旺的故事出发,为这出剧与本地著名插画家 Minifanfan 一起设计了可携带性的桌游。」

Capping a productive year, the sixth and final production saw an entire year of planning and preparation culminating into an original stage play that has gathered many passionate performing artists from all around Malaysia, including the folks from Orang Orang Drum Theatre. Paying homage to CATS the musical and creatively named “Bow Wow” with a punt, this annual blockbuster tells the story about a dog named Wang Wang who has accidentally been brought back to the old age on a full moon night, leading to a chanced encounter with the “Bulan Tribe” and the eternal conflict between wolf and human. For the longest time ever, “Bow Wow” saw 2 consecutive weeks, 10 days right after the lunar new year. As part of their mission towards animal protection, BlackRoom has teamed up with H.O.P.E, an NGO and also a NO-KILL Animal Shelter – a collaboration between public welfare and art performance to further their social cause for the environment. For the first time ever, BlackRoom has also partnered with talented local illustrator Minifanfan to design an educational, portable board game that promises hours of fun for the entire family.

Take A Break
暗食吃饭

「大人,你先坐一会儿,我们得去做饭准备营业了。」从早聊到晚,你没看错,这一聊就聊到了晚餐时分,Take A Break 暗食吃饭并非每日营业 (星期四至五,傍晚6pm-11pm; 星期六至日,中午12pm-晚上11pm),大人今日误打误撞碰着了每周的第一个营业时段 – 星期四晚间,若待会儿看官们瞧见她们端上桌的料理,一定会哀嚎,「怎么办?!我好想每天都吃到啊!」

Time to Take A Break, dinner should be ready and served shortly, as both ladies excused themselves and make their way to the kitchen. Before we knew it, we had already spent time from dawn to dusk. 🤣 Not available from Mondays to Wednesdays, we were indeed fortunate to stumble upon their operating hours for the first time this week. Be sure to open visit on Thursdays and Fridays from 6pm to 11pm, while the cafe starts serving lunch from 12 noon to 11pm on weekends.

咖啡拿铁 + 奶盖美式 + 奶盖伯爵
Espresso Latte + Americano Cheese + Earl Gray Cheese

书玉即便在厨房忙得不可开交仍不忘向大人喊话,「大人,你一定要试试我们的奶盖!」大人桌边还留着早上那两杯咖啡的余香,自是对她们家的奶盖抱有相当大的憧憬,欸!暗食吃饭这儿的 奶盖美式 + 奶盖伯爵 完全甩开各大品牌的奶盖好不好!绵密幼滑而不腻,主人家最自豪的认证,我确认「真!的!超!好!喝!」好吧!大人知道你们不会轻易放弃梦想,不然以你们家那浓郁细致的奶盖开市,应该就能卖个满堂彩啊 (纠结) 😂!

Taking a leaf from the milk tea trend, Brenda insisted that we’ve got to try their latest Cheesesy beverages. If the Espresso Latte we had in the morning is anything to go by, we’ve absolute confidence that the Americano Cheese and Earl Grey Cheese will be an instant hit! As expected, the foam topping was fluffy and slightly more savoury with the taste of cheese resembling that of a cheesecake. Mixing the cheese with our coffee and tea resulted in a drink with a milkshake consistency that we simply couldn’t resist!

手工水饺
Handmade dumplings

书玉大概是担心大人快饿晕了,就先为大人准备了份手工水饺让大人填填胃子,啊!有种久违了的熟悉,原来是那份回家吃饭的暖心感。在暗食吃饭,她们最不拿手的就是让料理变得「油腔滑调」,就好像妈妈做菜时,不曾以调味掩饰的捷径,因为凡事亲力备料才对得起自己的手艺,「玉厨房里的主厨将油盐两位在这儿的戏份被删了不少,鲜甜的原汁在这里才是主角。」

With our conversation going past meal hours, Brenda took to the kitchen to prepare one of her homecooked speciality – Handmade dumplings. Dipping into the vinegar and ginger mixture, we went ahead to devour the dumplings, resulting in an explosion of flavours in our mouths as the broth gushed out when we bit into it. Like our mom’s cooking, the broth was light without being overly oily and salty, which we appreciated. With that being said, the dumplings still packed a rich and flavourful punch.

蒜泥白肉餸饭
Sichuan-style pork slices in garlic sauce (set)

川菜的经典被书玉请上桌了,被蒜泥铺顶的五花肉搭着小黄瓜、小菜、溏心蛋与老火汤,再来一碗明知罪孽深重也得豁出去吃的猪油渣拌饭,全员到齐,这份蒜泥白肉餸饭 (RM18) 让大人心里吃出了泪滴,「舌尖在说真心话,用姜片、葱段、八角与以米酒煮成的沸水所汆烫出的五花肉,你的鲜嫩大人我尝到了。」连小菜上的辣酱都是自家特制的,「书玉使出全身的本事不是随口说说的。」餐谱上写着「走胃的食物,走心的态度」绝非空泛的词句,这滋味、这份量,边进食边盘算的大人我一度怀疑暗食吃饭难道忘了计算成本?料想不到走出暗房的她俩,手艺还真不赖,「看官们,请一定要暗食吃饭!」

除了大人这回所点选的蒜泥白肉餸饭书玉的其他拿手料理如私房香辣拌饭私房家传拌饭古早猪油拌饭私房家常素饭,都让大人我决定不论公务有多忙,「绕道也要来吃!」

Though Take A Break may not be the most glamorous, the food is assuredly swoon-worthy. In particular, the Sichuan-style pork slices in garlic sauce set was packed with glee-inducing delicious ingredients. Unlike the more common cold appetiser in China, this one’s lightly cooked, thinly sliced and drizzled with a spicy, garlicky, vinegary, savoury, umami-packed dressing. The sinfully delicious chunks of fried shallots, soaked with braised sauce over a bowl of piping hot fluffy rice and even the plethora of side dishes are highly delectable on their own. We plan to be back for more of their other main courses such as spicy and homemade rice bowl and even vegetarian dishes!

古早味冰棍
Homemade ice-cream

「透心凉哟!」书玉自家的古早味冰棍,共有七种口味:猫山王、泰式奶茶、椰子、芒果、煎蕊、红豆、草莓。若选附猫山王口味的混搭,每碗RM8,没有猫山王版本的混搭只需RM5!「朴实无华却有滋有味。」

大人的最爱?「猫山王与泰式奶茶。」

We’ve always been a massive fan of potong ice cream, and the available Musang King, Thai red tea, coconut, mango, cendol, red bean and strawberry will always hit the spot. Needless to say, the more distinct durian and Thai speciality flavours win the day hands down!

成为暗房之友,成为新山剧场艺术的推手
Friends of BlackRoom, the purveyor of fine arts

目前团里共有卅八个团员 (其中四位为全职团员),大家都在用不同的方式维持着剧团的运作。书玉坦言,放眼马来西亚,几乎所有的表演艺术机构皆无法仅以票房收入来支持剧团营运「六档戏做下来,反应其实不如预期。我们其实一直都在绞尽脑汁,让剧团能有更稳定的收入,我们推出了《暗学堂》,是以敲击乐、现代舞、武术、壁画课、水彩画等与生活联结的艺术跨界课程,每一堂历时一个半小时的课都是独立的模块课程,学生们可按照自己的时间购买 【组合配套课程】点数卡来上课。」更多有关课程的详情,不妨点击这里联系暗房哦!

With a team of 38 members, including 4 full-time staff and still counting, Brenda and Yuwen are determined to stay faithful to their calling and keep the BlackRoom dream alive, with an eye for the future. Despite a fruitful year with 6 amazing productions, the ticket sales still fall short of expectations. “With keen interests and enquiry from parents, we’ve rolled out a series of drama education for the kids to “Mix and Match”, ranging from visual and performing arts genres such as percussion, contemporary dance, wushu, mural and watercolour painting,” Brenda shared excitedly. For course enquiry and other information, kindly contact BlackRoom!

【 暗学堂 | 暗房小戏班 】(儿童戏剧课程).“ 喜、怒、哀、乐,就是戏剧课?”.戏剧教育(Drama in…

Posted by BlackRoom 暗房 on Isnin, 29 Julai 2019

 

在刚过去的4月,暗房希望能集结大众的力量而发起了「暗房之友」的募资计划,透过友情卡的方式回馈向她们伸出援手的支持者(友情卡附有回馈项目),看官们若想献出一份绵力协助暗房继续推广本地的剧场表演及插画创作艺术及了解「暗房之友」募资计划的详情,请浏览以下链接 : https://forms.gle/PZ9hsJyrzzNz2dov5

「成为暗房之友,成为新山剧场艺术的推手。」

临行前,书玉对着大人喊话,「有空记得,暗食吃饭啊!」一言为定!我一定会常来报到的!

In the world of arts and culture, innovative ideas and projects are some of the most precious currency we possess. But for all the purposes in the world, the execution of these visions can often seem daunting. With the rise of crowdfunding to getting the resource needed to get off the ground, BlackRoom has put forward the Friends of BlackRoom since April 2019 to kickstart a crowdfunding campaign. Each patron receives an acknowledgement with exclusive content or other rewards to make us feel included in the entire process. For more details, kindly visit: https://forms.gle/PZ9hsJyrzzNz2dov5

A friend is one of the nicest things we can have, and one of the best things we can be. If you enjoy the shows at BlackRoom, be a friend and help spread the words around to promote our local arts and culture.

Just before we left for the day, we could overhear Brenda‘s gentle reminder. “Take A Break, and come back again soon.”.  To our newfound friendship that feels lifelong, our answer is a resounding “YES!”

 

Blackroom Theatre & Illustration 暗房

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Take A Break 暗食吃饭

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