They say variety is the spice of life, but when you observe the people around us, you’ll notice how remarkably similar our lives are despite apparent discrepancies. That was the message I took home from the 13th installment Dato’ Faridah Merican’s Life Sdn Bhd series now playing at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC).
From its first showcase back in 2004, Life Sdn Bhd has given audiences an intimate peek into the personal lives of numerous prolific Malaysians (as well as non-Malaysians) including Patrick Teoh, Susan Lankester, Ramli Ibrahim and Gavin Yap. This time around, audiences will get to hear for themselves the tales of joy, sorrow, pain and love from Karanbir Singh Hundal, Mark Beau de Silva, Omar Ali, Roshinee Mookaiah, Ryonn Leong, Sharon Ohno, Sukhbir Cheema, Veshalini Naidu, singer-songwriter Ian Chow and even Joe Hasham himself.
Sitting in the darkened space of Pentas 2 at KLPAC, I couldn’t help but to lose myself in the tales of these individuals who at the surface lead lives worlds apart from mine. Their personal demons were my personal demons, their moments of triumph became my moments of triumph while their tales of loss pierced through my heart. This was no ordinary show, it was an intimate discussion between strangers who became friends that was almost therapeutic in its realness.
At the end, it was clear that all of us shared a collective tale and maybe, this variety is the spice of life.
Need some convincing? Check out the Life Sdn Bhd trailer below: