Pearl of the Eastern & Oriental
Pearl of the Eastern & Oriental is a commissioned play by Lim Yu-Beng and Tan Kheng Hua, the team that brought you GTF 2014’s sold out play 2 Houses. Staged on-site the present day E&O Hotel, it is the second of a trilogy of odes to Penang told through an enchanting tale of a young lady butler, Pearl. Adding to the charm of the tale are ghosts and guests of the hotel’s past and present, as their encounters with Pearl subtly urge her to ponder about shaping her future in the here and now.
Having been established by the famed Sarkies Brothers in 1885, the E&O Hotel has stood as a testament to the grand elegance of the British colonial era. In many ways, it has come to represent Penang itself, with its story inextricably woven into the island’s history. The hotel has played host to some of the world’s most celebrated artists, writers and heads of state, including Mary Pickford, Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham, and is set to play its part as one of the most important characters in this performance.