A young Malay-Muslim woman describes a day in her life – starting with a visit to the prison in the morning to see her cousin, and ending at the hospital to be with her mother who is undergoing chemotherapy. She shares her most immediate concerns, such as trying to settle a divorce with her husband through the Syariah laws in Singapore.
Best Of, although specific in its issues – grappling with divorce matters in Singapore's Muslim community – broaches more universal themes. It appeals to anyone regardless of identity markers such as race, class, gender and faith.•
From the kindness of strangers to the staleness of familiarity, the protagonist reveals, through her encounters in this one day, the worst of and the best of, the people around us.
"There's the kind of storytelling that lights up fireworks and milks this communal moment for all its worth. Best of, The Necessary Stage's enjoyable one-woman show featuring Siti Khalijah Zainal, skips all of that and simply tells."
-MAYO MARTIN, TODAY ONLNE
"...it was the simplicity of the play that allowed its authenticity to come through, and it proves that they don't need elaborate or extravagant arrangements to touch an audience."
-ANGELA LOW, POPSPOKEN
"...deeply watchable and tosses up a great deal of food for thought -- from funny to bitingly incisive observations on how the Malay community is perceived, to tender recollection of various religious traditions and the constant struggle to cope with loss."
-CORRIE TAN, THE STRAITS TIMES LIFE!
"Siti Khalijah Zainal delivers a stunning solo performance on the life of a young Malay woman in the island replubic."
-LOOI SUE-CHERN, THE NEW STRAITS TIMESISBN: 9789810900144
Cover Type: Soft Cover
Year Published: 2014