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2020

What is love? Ridhwan Saidi explores intimacy in relationships in his first feature film that was screened at the 31st Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF). By Bissme S. The Sun Daily. 14 Dec 2020.
https://www.thesundaily.my/style-life/entertainment/what-is-love-MX5624608

Theatremaker’s movement-based film selected for Singapore International Film Festival. By Dhinesh Kumar Maganathan. The Star. 5 Nov 2020.
https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/culture/2020/11/05/theatremaker039s-movement-based-film-selected-for-singapore-international-film-festival

Covid-19: Malaysian film ‘No Love For The Young’ to compete at Singapore International Film Festival. By Melanie Chalil. Malay Mail. 5 Nov 2020.
https://www.malaymail.com/news/showbiz/2020/11/05/covid-19-malaysian-film-no-love-for-the-young-to-compete-at-singapore-inter/1919660

Msian indie film ‘No Love For The Young’ to compete at SGIFF. By Tahir Alhamzah. New Straits Times. 5 Nov 2020.
https://www.nst.com.my/lifestyle/groove/2020/11/638368/showbiz-msian-indie-film-no-love-young-compete-sgiff

“Tiada Cinta Selama Muda” sertai Festival Filem Antarabangsa Singapura ke-31. Penulis, Nisa Irina. Cinema Online. 4 Nov 2020.
https://www.cinema.com.my/bm/articles/news_details.aspx?search=2020.n_tiadacintamudaffantarabangsa_57923

Singapore moves ahead with 70-title hybrid edition. By Silvia Wong. Screen Daily. 3 Nov 2020.
https://www.screendaily.com/news/singapore-film-festival-unveils-2020-line-up/5154615.article

A collection of everyday household objects lead the cast in a new Malaysian theatre series. By Dinesh Kumar Maganathan. The Star. 15 Sept 2020.
https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/culture/2020/09/15/a-collection-of-everyday-household-objects-lead-the-cast-in-a-new-malaysian-theatre-series

Hamlet to P. Ramlee: Malaysian indie theatre outfit to stream ‘Buka Arkib’ series for free. By Dinesh Kumar Maganathan. The Star. 6 May 2020.
https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/culture/2020/05/06/hamlet-to-p-ramlee-malaysian-indie-theatre-outfit-to-stream-039buka-arkib039-series-for-free

Breaking Down Bittersweet Barriers. By Aref Omar. News Straits Times, 11 Mar 2020. https://www.nst.com.my/lifestyle/groove/2020/03/573606/showbiz-breaking-down-bittersweet-barriers

How To Tell Stories That Live In People’s Memories? An interview with Ridhwan Saidi by Sukhbir Cheema. Eksentrika, 13 Mar 2020.  https://eksentrika.com/ridhwan-saidi/

Masam, Manis and the Things in Between. Presented by Sharmilla Ganesan. The Bigger Picture, Front Row, 10 Mar 2020. Ridhwan Saidi, playwright/director | Sadiq M. Jamil, actor | Lew Shu Ni, actor. https://www.bfm.my/podcast/the-bigger-picture/front-row/fr-masam-manis-between

Masam Manis Aifm radio interview. Host EsselYap En She. Guest CK and Mia Sabrina. Aifm radio, 27 Feb 2020. video 1 and video 2 link here.

New Play ‘Masam Manis’ explores bittersweet conundrum of private and public personas in conservative Malaysia. Melanie Chalil. The Malay Mail, 10 Feb 2020. https://www.malaymail.com/news/life/2020/02/10/new-play-masam-manis-explores-bittersweet-conundrum-of-private-and-public-p/1836111

Turning old KL buildings into art spaces: does it really work? Dinesh Kumar Maganathan and Terence Toh. The Star, 9 Feb 2020. https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/culture/2020/02/09/turning-old-kl-buildings-into-art-spaces-does-it-really-work

2019

Moka Mocha Ink, an indie publisher, is making strides in literature and theatre circles. Dhinesh Kumar Maganathan. The Star, 20 Jul 2019. https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/culture/2019/07/20/moka-mocha-ink-indie-publisher-local-publishing-theatre-scene

Teater Normcore: Double Bill, July 23rd & 24th 2019. Eleanor Ohlsen. Penang Free Sheet, 14 Jul 2019. https://penangfreesheet.my/teater-normcore-double-bill-july-23rd-24th-2019/

Terperangkap Dalam Kontinuum Idea-Mimpi. Karim Mohd. 31 Jan 2019. https://karimmohd.wordpress.com/2019/01/31/terperangkap-dalam-kontinuum-idea-mimpi/

2018

“Teater Normcore: Stereo Genmai” dan Pengkarya yang Bertengkar dengan Idea. Azrin Fauzi. Artsequator, 6 Dec 2018. https://artsequator.com/teater-normcore-stereo-genmai/

“Teater Modular”: Blok-blok Cerita dalam Ledakan Teater Mandiri. Azrin Fauzi. 24 Oct 2018. http://azrinfauzi.blogspot.com/2018/10/teater-modular-blok-blok-cerita-dalam.html

Has Anyone Seen the Character I Wrote? Presented by Sharmilla Ganesan. The Bigger Picture, Front Row, 18 Oct 2018. Ridhwan Saidi, writer & director | Hannan Barakbah, performer | Nurul Aizam, producer. https://www.bfm.my/podcast/the-bigger-picture/front-row/has-anyone-seen-the-character-i-wrote

Novelist clashes with character he created in surreal theatre show ‘Stereo Genmai’. Terence Toh. The Star, 18 Oct 2018. https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/culture/2018/10/18/surreal-teater-normcore-stereo-genmai-five-arts-centre-theatre-production/

Upcoming play ‘Stereo Genmai’ explores novelist’s writing process and character creation. Melanie Chalil. The Malay Mail, 15 Oct 2018. https://www.malaymail.com/news/showbiz/2018/10/15/upcoming-play-stereo-genmai-explores-novelists-writing-process-and-characte/1683124

【艺术好好玩】徘徊在梦境与现实的黑色幽默 – Teater Normcore: Stereo Genmai. CITY Plus FM, 7 Oct 2018. http://cityplusfm.my/?p=14205

From architecture to performing arts: Multidisciplinary crossover by Guo Huizhen (October 4, 2018) http://www.sinchew.com.my/node/1802099/

The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat aims to cultivate Malaysian playwrights. Mae Chan. Options, The Edge, 3 Oct 2018. https://www.optionstheedge.com/topic/culture/actors-studio-seni-teater-rakyat-aims-cultivate-malaysian-playwrights

Harapan Baharu dalam Teater Kontemporari Malaysia melalui ‘Teater Modular’. Fasyali Fadzly. Critics Republic, 24 Apr 2018. https://www.criticsrepublic.com/2018/04/24/harapan-baharu-dalam-teater-kontemporari-malaysia-melalui-teater-modular/

Making Modular Theatre. Presented by Sharmilla Ganesan. The Bigger Picture, Front Row,  5 Apr 2018. Ridhwan Saidi, writer. https://www.bfm.my/podcast/the-bigger-picture/front-row/making-modular-theatre

Eksperimentasi Teater Normcore oleh Johan Radzi (May, 2018) Tunas Cipta Bil. 5, 2018

Warehouse arts space KongsiKL hosts novelist Ridhwan Saidi’s ‘Teater Modular’. Rouwen Lim. The Star, 1 Apr 2018. https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/culture/2018/04/01/kongsikl-playlets-ridhwan-saidi-teater-modular-experimental-theatre/

Poetry in Your Reality by Aishwarya Adaikalaraj (February 13, 2018) http://www.dailyseni.com/v4/poetry-in-your-reality-teater-normcore-review/

Review: Teater Normcore by Ridhwan Saidi (Kuala Lumpur). Bakchormeeboy, 9 Feb 2018. https://bakchormeeboy.com/2018/02/09/review-teater-normcore-by-ridhwan-saidi-kuala-lumpur/

2017

Extending your play’s shelf-life – Self-publishing for playwrights. Amy de Kanter. Arteri, 30 Jun 2017. https://www.arteri.com.my/2017/06/30/extending-your-plays-shelf-life-self-publishing-for-playwrights/

Menyanggah yang Ditegah dalam ‘Teater Modular’ oleh Fasyali Fadzly (March 27, 2017) https://artsequator.com/menyanggah-yang-ditegah-dalam-teater-modular/

ILHAM Gallery gallery guide 2017: May-October. http://ilhamgallery.com/data/uploads/docs/gallery-guide-2017.pdf

2016

Ten essential books by Malaysians for Malaysians: The local books starter pack. Nadia Rosli and Ng Su Ann. Time Out Kuala Lumpur, 6 June 2016. https://www.timeout.com/kuala-lumpur/things-to-do/ten-essential-books-by-malaysians-for-malaysians

Gaya baharu penulis muda. Berita Harian, 10 Mac 2016. https://www.bharian.com.my/node/132332

2014

The online link. Bissme S. The Sun Daily, 26 Mar 2014. https://www.thesundaily.my/archive/998198-BRARCH246010