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BIBIK HITAM: Intimate Theatre
in a Baba Nyonya House

Amboi! Bibik Hitam, the 120-year old martriarch of 120 Armenian Street will give you the benefit of her wit and wisdom! The romance of the Straits Chinese through the ages, the beauty secrets of the Nyonyas, whimsical songs from the heyday of Bangsawan, Dondang Sayang, Ronggeng and more...

A performance by Cikgu Baha, Penang's 'Living Heritage Treasure!'

Saturday mornings:
First session starting 9:00am; Second session starting 10:30am
Tour & show, total duration 2 hours


Meet in front of
120 Armenian Street
Admission RM 20 per person, includes admission to Dr. Sun Yat Sen Penang Base, tour & show, refreshments of nutmeg juice & Nyonya cakes.

The show ran from July to November 2006.

The Performer
Mohd. Bahroodin Ahmad @ Cikgu Baha
Cikgu Baha was a teacher, performer, choreographer and producer of the Malay performing arts with over 25 years experience. Born in Singapore and later based in Penang, he was the foremost performing interpreter of Bangsawan, Boria and Ronggeng.

In 2005, he received the Penang Heritage Trust / HSBC 'Living Heritage Treasure' award from the late Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood. Cikgu Baha played the role of the honorary Bibik when representing the State Chinese Penang Association in the annual Baba Conventions.

The Venue
120 Armenian Street

Also called the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Penang Base, the historic venue where the Chinese Revolution was planned is now a traditional house museum. The authentic Straits Chinese interior, with an internal courtyard garden, an original tok panjang (banquet table) and a wood-stove kitchen, serves as a wonderful setting for Bibik Hitam.



OBJECTIVES
To promote veteran performing arts teacher Cikgu Bahroodin
To generate greater interest in Baba Nyonya heritage and local culture
To support the running of the house museum at 120 Armenian Street
To publicise revitalisation efforts in Armenian Street
To attract new audiences to a deeper appreciation of heritage by using dramatic and comic elements.

TICKETS & CAPACITY
RM 20 will be charged for admission and show. Due to limited space and the nature of the performance, a maximum of 20 persons will be allowed for each show.

TRIAL PERFORMANCE
A brief trial performance was held during the visit of the New York-based Asia Society to Penang on 6 April 2006. This show met with good response by the Asia Society members who found Cikgu Bahroodin’s performance both entertaining and educational.

PHOTO GALLERY
Click here for a pictorial essay of the inaugural performance on Saturday, 15 July 2006.

ABOUT 120 ARMENIAN STREET
Also called the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Penang Base, the historic venue where the Chinese Revolution was planned is now a traditional house museum. The authentic Straits Chinese interior, with a internal courtyard garden, an original tok panjang (banquet table) and a wood-stove kitchen, serves as a wonderful setting for Bibik Hitam.

RELATED ARTICLE
The house that changed a nation - Sun Yat Sen's Penang base at 120 Armenian Street. Click here for full story on the official Tourism Penang website.

Photos © Adrian Cheah
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Address: 120 Armenian Street
10200 Penang, Malaysia
Ph.: +60 4-262 0123

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