by The Handlebards
A shipwreck washes the court of Milan up onto a mysterious desert island, inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters, where nothing is as it seems…
Join the all-female troupe for a riotous bicycle powered production, filled with magic, musicality and Shakespearean mayhem.
Stephano & Trinculo
Caliban looks on...
Prospero & Ariel
Shakespeare's The Tempest
adapted for the stage and performed by The Handlebards
The HandleBards began with a sense of adventure, a love of Shakespeare and a nifty little pun.. Since four fearless friends (Paul Moss, Callum Cheatle, Tom Dixon and Callum Brodie) pedalled Twelfth Night to twenty UK venues in 2013, we have grown to become an internationally renowned theatre company, bringing our uniquely irreverent brand of Shakespeare to audiences all over the globe.
Our shows have received critical acclaim from national press, regional press and audience members alike. The Stage called us “gloriously eccentric and very, very funny”. The Shields Gazette found us “chaotic, clever and charming”. And one young audience member confessed that we had “converted an 11 year old boy into a Shakespeare fan”.
We travel by bike because we care about the planet and we want to promote sustainability healthy living. In 2014, we won the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award. We were nominated again in 2015, and in 2016 we were nominated for the Stage’s inaugural Sustainability Award. Our take on Shakespeare is fast, funny and fearless. If you’ve never seen Shakespeare before, there’s no better introduction. If you’re a Bard buff, you’ve never seen it done like this…
The weekday morning shows are intended for school groups. Any available tickets are released for public sale a few days before each performance.
PJ Live Arts by Jaya One
Directions for the General Public
(Information for school buses is HERE)
PJLA is located on Floor 1 of Jaya One, but is best accessed via The School Enrichment Mall.
The School Enrichment Mall is on Jalan Universiti, next to Jaya One.
- At one end of Jaya One you will see CIMB Bank. Enter there.
- Immediately bear RIGHT, and then turn left into the first parking entrance (P1), and park. You're now underneath The School Enrichment Mall.
- Find Lift Lobby A. Take that to Level 1. You'll be outside Chimi Churri restaurant.
- Turn right, and right again, and cross the bridge between The School and Jaya One. PJ Live Arts is at the end of the bridge, on your right. See you there! (Call if you get lost!)
- CIMB WAZE Co-ords
by Oliver Jeffers
We're getting STUCK again!
STUCK's creator and director Adam Bampton-Smith (UK's Big Wooden Horse) came out to audition and rehearse the cast with choregraphy by Farah Sulaiman. We'll look forward to getting STUCK again from April 21 to May 18, 2020!
Gardner & Wife Theatre
Malaysia's busiest presenter for family-friendly theatre!
Founded in 2000 by Chae Lian & Richard Gardner, Gardner & Wife Theatre is Malaysia's busiest arts presenter for international theatre and family-friendly performances. The company is committed to developing Malaysian audiences for the performing arts, and has presented over 50 productions from all over the world including Australia, England, Ireland, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore and USA.
For our past shows: www.gardnerandwifetheatre.com
Richard Harding Gardner
Richard started his working life in theatre in London, Madrid, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Houston and Los Angeles. Here in Malaysia, he has directed the stage productions of Oliver Jeffers WAY BACK HOME from the original production and adaptation by UK's Big Wooden Horse, the interactive comedy whodunit SHEAR MADNESS, the musical comedies NUNSENSE and A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, as well as adapting and directing CHARLEY'S AUNTIE! for the original Actor's Studio under Dataran Merdeka. Richard trained as an actor at Webber Douglas, London, and has a degree in Philosophy from UCLA, Los Angeles.
Chae Lian initially trained as a performer, receiving her Honours degree in Drama (Acting) from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Returning to Malaysia, she co-founded Gardner & Wife Theatre with Richard in 2001 and the company is now Malaysia's leading presenter for family theatre. In 2006, Chae Lian became the first South-East Asian Fellow in Arts Management at the John F Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in Washington DC, the national cultural institution of the United States of America. In 2013, she joined PJ Live Arts, Selangor's first independent theatre facility, and is currently its Community & Arts Manager.
Natalie Chong joined Gardner & Wife Theatre in 2006 as Media Manager. As the role of traditional media in theatre marketing evolved, Natalie broadened her scope of work until she became Administrator, with the responsibility of the accounts, office administration, and production coordination!