Understanding the intricacies of war, the toll it takes on an individual or nation, and the unjustifiable consequences it leaves in its wake are topics that have plagued mankind since conflicts began. How do the experiences of war affect those involved in the fighting and those left behind? How does it change a nation? Can it ever be justified and can morality exist within its limits?
In the British Academy of Performing Arts’ (BAPA) new musical Between The Lines, it is these questions and themes that form the foundations of a story told through the eyes of a hardened soldier. New comer Dennis Yeap stars as the shell-shocked fighter whose entire career has been war. Now at the end of his days, he reflects on his experiences, and the effects those experiences have had on those around him.
Well known thespians Tria Aziz, Melissa Ong, Joshua Gui and Kai Chalmers, as well as senior students from BAPA’s highly acclaimed Musical Theatre Course make up the rest of the all-star cast that flesh out this poignant, uplifting and reflective study on the consequences of war. Meanwhile, specially arranged solo and ensemble numbers from musicals such as Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Pippin and Hamilton add colour to the production.
As the launch platform for The Poppies Arts Series, Between The Lines also kicks off a six-month long arts festival that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice which brought World War 1 to an end.
Running until November this year, other events under the festival umbrella include 40’s Big Band Night, The Tom Stoppard translated comedy play HEROES, featuring Patrick Teoh, Thor Kar Hoong and Paul M Baker and the inaugural Malaysian Festival of Remembrance featuring the Malaysian International Schools Massed Choirs, a symphony orchestra, big band and guest soloists.
Between The Lines
WHERE British International School Theatre, Bandar Utama, Selangor
WHEN 8.30pm (1-2 June), 3pm (2-3 June)
TEL 03 7880 7999