Situated in the 56ha integrated mixed development in Kota Laksamana, Melaka, and fronting the Straits of Malacca, is the purpose-built theatre â€“ Encore Melaka. Encore Melaka is also the name of the performance the new theatre houses within its walls.
The 70-minute theatrical performance recounts through songs, dances, narrative and special effects the history of Melaka, from its birth to its evolvement into a modern city, with personal tales of its people thrown in.
There are seven scenes, each lasting around 10 minutes, with its own storyline. There are about 200 performers in total, many of whom are local talents.
Special effects are created through video projection mapping and multi-stage hydraulic sets, so that the performers and their props can be seen on different levels at the same time. Water is played up as Melaka is a coastal city, yet incredibly, at the end of the show, the stage is dry!
Towards the end of the show, the platform where the audience sits on also slowly rotates 360-degrees to showcase different scenes in different eras.
The theatre is huge and can fit up to 2,000 people.
For very large, private groups, organisers can also choose to book out the theatre for a private showing outside of the regular show times. Prices start from RM250,000 (US$59,931), and vary depending on the organiser’s requirements.
Organisers can also work with Yong Tai, the show producer, to produce customised souvenirs for delegates to take home. Photo opportunities with performers can also be arranged after the show. As well, welcome drinks and corporate banners can be placed strategically to greet delegates as they enter the theatre.
There is a function hall which can be used as a dining venue for up to 250 people in round-table format. There is plenty of parking spaces for buses and vans.
From Mondays to Saturdays, there are two show times at 17.30 and 20.30. On Sundays, show times are at 14.30 and 17.30.
It is highly recommended that this performance be included as part of a plannerâ€™s itinerary in Melaka because it provides visitors with a short history of the city, its people and its multicultural society. As a Malaysian who lived in Melaka for a short period of time, I truly felt a deeper sense of belonging to the city after watching the show.
The service was great. I went for the 20.30 show and it started on time. After the show, I was impressed by the friendliness of the performers who mingled with the crowd outside and allowed themselves to be photographed.