Jose Rizal’s legacy shines on Victoria’s stage
The remarkable life and profound influence of Jose Rizal, one of the Philippines’ national heroes, are currently taking the spotlight in Victoria through the compelling play, “Pepe.” This extraordinary production, co-produced by Theatre Inconnu and the Bayanihan Community Centre, is the brainchild of the renowned writer Malou Jacob and directed by Francis Matheu.
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The English-language version of “Pepe” is currently running at the Paul Phillips Hall on Fernwood Road in Victoria until Oct. 7. Meanwhile, those seeking a more immersive experience can look forward to the Tagalog version, which will be exclusively showcased at the Bayanihan Community Centre on Blanshard Street in Victoria on Oct. 20 and 21.
The creative minds behind the play
Malou Jacob, a recipient of the Southeast Asian Write Award and a resident playwright of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), has crafted a captivating exploration of Rizal’s life and the roots of his oppression in “Pepe.”
The play serves as a reminder that, despite being a hero, Jose Rizal was, above all, an ordinary human being, an ordinary Filipino. Jacob’s insightful narrative sheds light on Rizal’s relationship with his family and country, presenting a more humanized perspective of the iconic figure.
Directed by Francis Matheu, known for his role as the founding artistic director of Twin Bill Theatre in the Philippines and a recent graduate of the University of Victoria’s MFA Theatre Directing program, the production brings together an ensemble of talented individuals to breathe life into Malou Jacob’s play. Matheu’s approach promises to create a visually and emotionally engaging experience for the audience.
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“Pepe” is more than just a tribute to Jose Rizal’s life and contributions; it acts as a cultural bridge, connecting the Filipino community and those intrigued by Filipino history and heritage.
This extraordinary production brings history to life on the Victoria stage, offering a powerful reminder that ordinary individuals, like Rizal, have the potential to make extraordinary contributions to their country and the world. Book your tickets here to get the chance to witness this captivating fusion of history, art, and community.