Since its salad days as a new play in 1998, Atomic Jaya has come a long way, entertaining crowds for over a decade. For those who are new to the play, its plot fundamentally orbits around what happens when Malaysia attempts to build an atomic bomb. Written and directed by Huzir Sulaiman, it promises an explosion of hilarity in every scene. We have rounded up a few reasons why you should take a chance on Checkpoint Theatre’s Atomic Jaya, and catch it when it opens:
People are sure to get a bang out of top-secret conspiracies involving nuclear weapons and our neighbour of a country. Occurring in the country whose culture nearly strikes a resemblance with ours, one could only be curious about how the story unfolds. That is unless you have no interest in bombs, or are on the verge of bursting from monotony.
Karen Tan and Claire Wong
Boasting a cast of all sorts in the past, from solos to man-woman combinations, Atomic Jaya now returns with an all-female ensemble. Seeing how October is the month for Breast Cancer Awareness, what better way to pay homage to the women than with this formidable female cast of Atomic Jaya? Did we mention they would be taking on 16 different roles altogether? And that brings us to the next point.
Played by two veteran theatre actresses, there are all sorts of characters within the total of 16; some of which entailed uranium smugglers, a skillful tea lady, a German uranium wholesaler with an unsavory reputation, and a Malaysian minister who aggressively dismisses remarks of the construction of colossal explosives.
Acclaimed as a highly rib-tickling play, Atomic Jaya has seen favourable reviews for its past stagings. To quote the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, “An intelligently written play that makes us laugh all the way through – and a political satire to boot – is a rare cultural commodity these days.” And to put it bluntly, we quote The Ranting Cynic: “Bloody funny show, so worth it.”
Catch the Atomic Jaya from Oct 24 to Nov 1 at the SOTA Drama Theatre.
Timing: 8pm (Tues – Fri), 3pm/8pm (Sat – Sun)
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes (15 minutes interval)
Get your tickets here.