Written by Penang-based American writer, composer and lyricist Nancy Jenster and directed by Kuala Lumpur’s award winning theatre maker Fa Abdul, this musical comedy aims to highlight the ever-growing plight of plastic pollution.
One Minute To Midnight follows a group of friends known as the Ban Plastic Fantastic Four who are tasked with helping Mother Earth, or Gaia, in the fierce battle against her arch enemy Grida Profiterole. With the ability to go back in time and space, it’s crucial that the group use their powers wisely to help Gaia and thereby obtain the secret to a sustainable plastic alternative.
The interesting story line is brought to life by song and dance numbers accompanied by live music from Penang and Kuala Lumpur-based musicians. Meanwhile, actors take the musical to the next level with eye-catching costumes, ‘swimming’ around on stage as sea creatures including octopuses, manta rays, dolphins and more.
Though the musical is packed with laugh-worthy scenes and catchy tunes, it underscores a bigger and much more serious issue – one that is largely ignored despite the desperate warnings issued continuously by the scientific community. One Minute To Midnight seeks to raise public awareness on our climate crisis and how it is destroying the only planet we have.
The creators, cast and crew hope that when audiences leave the theatre, they not only feel entertained but also wiser about their actions and choices and how they may do their part in saving the Earth.
One Minute To Midnight
WHERE CEMPAKA North Hall Theatre, Persiaran Awana, Taman Cheras Permata Dua
WHEN 7 Sept (3pm and 8pm), 8 Sept (3pm)