Malaysians will be celebrating the nation’s 63rd Independence Day or Merdeka
this coming Monday, 31 August.
In celebration of this, Liver & Lung Productions is releasing
historical musical “Malaya Relived: Merdeka” for free streaming on YouTube for a
It is a recording of the live musical held on 20 April last year, which was
done in partnership with GMBB, a creative hub in Bukit Bintang. It is part of
Liver & Lung’s “Malaya Relived” series, a musical anthology based on
iconic events in Malayan history.
Watch the trailer for the anthology series below.
“The musical explores freedom, fidelity and forbidden love,” said Hannah
Shields, founder of Liver & Lung and writer of the musical, in a press
“Last year, audiences travelled back in time with us to experience 1950s
Malaya and relive Malaysia and Britain’s collective history. As a company with
roots in both nations, exploring our shared past was something that felt
authentic and necessary.”
Shields herself stars in the musical as Sylvia Graham, a British Foreign
Correspondent who travels to Malaya and hopes to pen the article of her
career, offering a fresh account on what the country’s fight for independence
will mean for the British Empire.
Little does she know that she’s about to rewrite the plot of her own life when
she meets Raj Veerasamy (“Ola Bola” star Prem Sagar), a formidable proponent
of decolonisation, active member of the Malayan Indian Congress and staunch
supporter of the rising anti-colonial Malaysian movement, Merdeka.
Shafeeq Shajahan, founder of Liver & Lung and director and co-composer of
the musical, stated, “Malaya Relived is a love letter to my country. Merdeka
is about belonging and togetherness. It’s important we remember this in our
socially distant world and remind each other that we can still unite, even
though we’re apart.”
Here’s the link to watch “Malaya Relived: Merdeka” on YouTube: