Mud: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur
A vibrant showcase of the capital’s rags-to-riches past and its forefathers’ humble beginnings, the entertainment show "Mud: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur" is one of the most popular theater performances in Kuala Lumpur. This spectacular music and dancing show recounts the history of the city, describing its rise from a shabby tin mining settlement to an ultra-modern Asian metropolis. The country's unique traditions and multiculturalism are also reflected in the performance, making it one of the best ways to become acquainted with the foundation and development of the capital of Malaysia, its lifestyle and culture. The show is a great alternative to visiting of the local ethnographic and history museums.
The title and the concept of this 60 minute long extravaganza formed around the Malaysian word "lumpur" (meaning "mud"). It can be difficult to believe but Kuala Lumpur, one of the most developed cities of the Orient, was a shanty town drowning in mud in the second half of the 19th century. It was a tiny settlement of tin miners, established at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak Rivers. The story revolves around the trials of Mamat, Meng and Muthiah, three friends who left their native villages in the 1880s to come the new mining town.
Their lives, full of ambitions, new hopes and tribulations, are described during the show and intertwined with the fates of many other people. They built this town together and the period of its early, uneasy and complicated development is emphasized in the performance. The story lets us observe the rise of Kuala Lumpur, which was erected from slums by loving and caring hands of its first citizens. In spite of different social, cultural and religious background, they worked hard to rebuilt it after natural disasters and other mishaps, making it a hospitable multi-cultural city. The show depicts how friendship, persistence and loyalty to one's cause can overcome any difficulties, turning them into hardly noticeable trifles that can be discussed and resolved with friends over a cup of traditional Malaysian tea.
"Mud: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur" allows you to enjoy traditional music, dancing and singing. The artists are dressed in spectacular scenic costumes and the decorations on the stage are simply impressive. Use of modern multi-media technologies during the show makes it even more amazing and enchanting. One of its main features is that the performance is partially interactive, meaning that the actors often encourage the visitors to play a small role in the show.
This interesting cultural event in traditionally held in the Panggung Bandaraya Theater, which was built at the beginning of the 19th century. The theater itself is one of the most fabulous heritage buildings in Malaysia. It was one of the few brick structures erected in the "new" city of Kuala Lumpur. It was damaged by a devastating fire and a flood in 1881, but the Malaysians restored the building. It is located on the famous Independence Square, not too far from the meeting points of the two rivers, which became the founding place of Kuala Lumpur. The structure boasts a unique Mongolian exterior with a curved facade and a copper dome over the main entrance. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful historic buildings in the city.
The shows take place twice a day, at 3 PM and 8.30 PM. The spectators can make photos with the actors after it is over.
Getting there. Ride the subway to Masjid Jamek, or use any other means of public transport and disembark at Dataran Merdeka. Then cover the remaining distance on foot (it usually takes less 5 minutes to reach the Panggung Bandaraya Theater).