truly first in Malaysia, Hatten Group
presents its fully-interactive live environmental theatre production of Nyonya Memoirs. Featuring a
revolutionary new concept of 360 degree Live Peranakan Experience, Nyonya Memoirs is set in the historical
city of Malacca at Dataran Pahlawan.
in May 2015, the theatre production of Nyonya
Memoirs runs till 19 July 2015. Hatten Group spared no expense at this
RM8million investment, taking on the very best of the production team, the
star-studded cast, the theatre set and the costumes. The inspiration for this
project is in line with the State Government’s goals to highlight local culture
with the main objective of promoting a deeper appreciation for our city’s
is truly a wondrous theatrical show with musical and dance performances injected
into Nyonya Memoirs. The concept
centers on the traditions and customs of the Peranakan culture where everything
goes by the Baba Nyonya beliefs. Located on Level 3 of Dataran Pahlawan, the
Nyonya Memoirs production is amazingly gorgeous. The show is available every
Friday, Saturday and Sunday with two show times of 4pm and 8pm respectively.
of a A-list production team of Atlantic Theatre and Production with renowned
director, James Lee, winner of the Best ASEAN Film Award with the musical score
directed by Tan Yue Hue, who has worked with international artistes while the
cast is coached by Pearly Chua, nominee for Best Supporting Actress at the 43rd
Golden Horse Film Festival and the costumes are designed by Beatrice Looi,
Malaysia’s top international fashion designer.
family and I caught a Saturday show in the afternoon at 4pm one weekend. I was
really excited when I walked into the theatre. To my surprise, I even met a
very good friend, Merryn and her
family there too that same day. We were ushered into a long hall decorated with
Showcase displaying Nyonya kebayas with gorgeous embroidery
works, hand beaded shoes and intricate jewelry pieces together with a typical
Nyonya kitchen and its utensils, intricate wood carvings and finally a typical
Nyonya cuisine of Nyonya Kuih had everyone busy clicking their phones and
cameras while waiting for the show to start.
were suddenly greeted by the housekeeper, Tao Jie who boisterously warmed us up with a
few information about the cultures of the Peranakan and proceeded to guide us
into the set.
Nyonya Memoirs is about a lover’s tale between a
wealthy Nyonya girl by the name of Bao
Zhu, played by Dorothy Foo and her love for a poor common Baba, Zhang Min, played by Evan Siau. The
couple faces the obstacles of the family’s disagreement of their union due to
the social differences of their respective lives. Immerse yourselves as the
story unfolds through its own magical and musical production through the
unusual concept of having viewers watch the show through a moving production
Nyonya Memoirs is performed in Mandarin mostly
together with a mixture of Peranakan dialect thrown in such as Bahasa Melayu and some local languages. For those who are not well-versed with Mandarin, fear
not as there are screen displays all over translating the conversation to
soon as we step into the set, all 600 meters of it cleverly designed to echo
the era of a typical Peranakan location, we were drawn to the main area of a
garden right in the center of the room. Flanked with a green lawn and trees
surrounding the garden, it is the main area of where the show starts off.
Surrounding the garden are shops of yesteryears, typical Nyonya household and
streets of those good old Peranakan days.
theatre set is a sight to behold as there were just so many things that really
reminded me of my own heritage as my father is a northern Baba himself, whom
also just so happen to marry my mother who is actually a non-Nyonya.
energetic and smiley storykeeper played by Li Qiang proceeded to gather everyone’s’
attention and rolled out the storytelling of the lovers.
story kicks off with Zhang Min
getting all excited to propose his love and hand in marriage to his beloved Bao
Zhu where he even gets the viewer involve by asking them their opinions. As
mentioned, this is an interactive production so one may never know if you may
just be included in the show!
are scenes of the lovers enjoying a serene and happy moment of themselves.
every family, there will always be a few black sheep of the family whose intent
are purely mischievous and malicious. In Nyonya
Memoirs, there, they are the uncle and aunt of Bao Zhu, who simply cannot resist to inject their slandering of the
couple at every chance they get.
I do have to admire both of Bao Zhu's uncle and aunt, seen here with Bao Zhu's father as
they really played their part so well and both are really full of expressions
Zhang Min meeting the family for the first time.
A solemn meeting between the lovers...
scene from a typical Nyonya Tok Panjang
in the dining room where Baba Nyonya
dines on a feast of sumptuous Peranakan cuisine. This is also where family
times were once a must in every household as everyone would gather together for
family time. Here it is to celebrate Bao Zhu's mother's birthday.
are more scenes of Nyonya Memoirs
but there will be no spoilers as one should really go and enjoy the experience
of despair from the couples as their family feuds continues with Bao Zhu’s mother, Yue Niang who objects
while her father is left with heartache as he see his daughter suffers through
the Peranakan beliefs.
dashing Zhang Min is also left
Moment of hope as the couple tries to elope...
Unfortunately they were caught...
will be glad to know though that the couple did get their happy ending but you
have to watch how they got it yourselves… there are quite a few touching scenes
which I omitted here as I was too touch and busy enjoying those moments.
with an open mind and soak in the story whole heartedly for an unforgettable experience!
show ended with the parade of Zhang Min
and Bao Zhu’s grand wedding together
with all the cast dressed in traditional wedding costumes at the Lover’s Bridge
in the mall.
Cast of Nyonya Memoirs
360 degree theatre experience is a lovely and fascinating experience while the
cast and costumes are equally amazing. Together with the musical and dance
performances plus the interactive parts, Nyonya
Memoirs is a theatrical production unlike any others we have here in
Malaysia. Don’t miss this truly heart-warming and delightful Nyonya Memoirs by Hatten Group!
Showtime: Every Friday -
Sunday, 4pm & 8pm
Venue: Level 3, Dataran
Pahlawan Melaka Megamall @ Melaka
CHILD (7 - 15 years old) or SENIOR CITIZEN
(60 years old and above)
Terms and conditions apply.
For more information or
to book your tickets, please log on to www.nyonyamemoirs.com
or visit the Nyonya Memoirs ticketing counter at Level 3, Dataran Pahlawan
Melaka Megamall or call hotline at + 6018 663 9696. Tickets can also be
purchase online or at the concierge of Hatten Hotel & Estadia by Hatten