Poems For New Beginnings

Fallen Leaves

Some fallen leaves
Yellow and rusted
Made differently
All of them

Creations adventure
No two things are alike
And so are the leaves
Yellow and rusted

They had started as small buds
With hopes to give sustenance
To life
They did
And the great cycle of life
But now fallen

They come together
My body cracking
Under the weight of leaves
So many youths
We have lost

My body covering
Roots follow
Some tendrils
Still green on the trunk
Of the large tree

Green we were
The leaves
And my youth

Fruit and fresh air
Life and beauty
The leaves have done
What they were meant for

They ask me
What have been you doing
In your youth
Except destroying and burning us

If we are nature
You are nature too
We are one color
How many colors are you

Sadiqullah Khan


Poems for a new beginning

Fallen Leaves

Why should I be the first to fall
Of all the leaves on this old tree?
Though sadly soon I know that all
Will lose their hold and follow me.
While my birth-brothers bravely blow,
Why should I be first to go?

Why should I be the last to cling
Of all the leaves on this bleak bough?
I’ve fluttered since the fire of Spring
And I am worn and withered now.
I would escape the Winter gale
And sleep soft-silvered by a snail.

When swoop the legions of the snow
To pitch their tents in roaring weather
We fallen leaves will lie below
And rot rejoicingly together;
And from our rich and dark decay
Will laugh our brothers of the May.

Robert William Service

Tis the season … Goodbye 2010!


FORUM fest community

2010 has been a spectacular year for the Fallen Leaves community, closing with our FORUM festival at MAP where we played, discussed and innovated with our eclectic group of spectactors. The final day featured a mixture of image theatre, chopstick orchestra, stick-waltzing and of course two forum theatre plays – one on dealing with unwanted attention on public transport and the other designed by workshop participants looking at the treatment of refugees in Malaysia.

Many thanks to everyone who attended over the five weeks, all the Fallen Leaves community facilitators and all our new friends.

Watch this space in 2011 for our upcoming SEEDS OF CHANGE Arts festival to be held in March, and also the Commonwealth Foundation National Forum Theatre Tour commencing in January.

Special thanks to resident artist Kamini Tavanandi – working hard as ever 🙂
Much love to Polly and Anita for all their help
Maysoun and Leeboi forum harassment on the train
Jokering the forum
More photos available at our facebook page

Don’t forget the JOKER!

Sunday was the final workshop of the forum series, exploring the role of the Joker within theatre of the oppressed. Our eclectic group explored issues of drug abuse and refugee disempowerment in Malaysia, and we will be presenting our forum pieces at the FORUM at MAP on December 12th.



We also got to explore the concept of ‘What do you want from a community arts space?’ with a group of emerging artists and social outreach workers using the innovative WORLD CAFE technique. The results were enlightening, so watch this space for further updates.


In other news, another phase of Fallen Leaves opens with the near completion of our refurbishment of the Batu Arang Creative Learning Centre. Many thanks to volunteer Phoebe and member Leeboi for all their hard work transforming our creative space. Inner and outer transformations align!


Newspaper Theatre


On Sunday, FL artistic director George Wielgus presented the NEWSPAPER THEATRE workshop at MAP as part of the FORUM festival. This innovative technique is used to breakdown and decode media stories using theatre of the oppressed techniques. We had our biggest turnout yet, with 25 people from all over KL and the world in attendance for a fantastic day out.

From the headline 'Dictators Can Be Good'

Theatrevolutionary dramapunk


The most wonderful time of the year …

It’s Christmas time in tropical Malaysia, which means strange images of icey pine trees in a country where it hasn’t snowed in thousands of years. Fallen Leaves is celebrating with the FORUM Festival on the 12 of December before wrapping up our 2010 season for the holidays.

Be sure to join us for the final workshop on our five-week marathon on the 5th at MAP, where we will be exploring the role of the joker in theatre of the oppressed.

Below are some snaps taken by Fallen Leaves founder Jade Ong that highlight what we’ve been up to at Krashpad and on our recent team excursion to the Malacca Art and Performance Festival.

In other news, UK documentary film director JOE COHEN arrived on Tuesday to begin his film about the work we are doing in Malaysia. Watch this space for clips and sneak previews!


The girls show the boys what they're made of at Krashpad

The boys respond

Filament (Melbourne) perform at MAPfest Melaka

Cepat! Cepat! Lagi! Lagi!

Fallen Leaves schedule is jam-packed at the moment, highlighting the urgent need and value of the work we are doing in Malaysia, bridging all divisions of race, religion and economic status with our dedicated team of facilitators … take a look at what we’re up to now!



Tuesday – Batu Arang Community Theatre at a halfway house for recovering drug users, a training workshop for new facilitators, and a night at the refugee hospice at PERCH.

Wednesday – Batu Arang Community Theatre working with severely disabled people in the White House, and a hospice for those with serious illnesses.

Thursday – Harvest Training Centre our UNHCR sponsored vocational English training course using theatre and interactivity to prepare young people from the refugee and urban poor communities for life in the workplace.

Friday – Nursalam Krashpad, Chow Kit working with street kids and urban poor children in downtown Chow Kit.

Saturday – Harvest Training Centre, our UN sponsored teacher-training programme with community teachers from the network of schools all over Kuala Lumpur.

Sunday – MAP Forum Festival our weekly workshops training the general public and NGO members in theatre of the oppressed, building up to our December 12th festival.

Phew! Be sure to check out our photos on facebook.