Melaka Alive – The Church Show

The journey of Melaka, and Malaysia, from Invasion to Independence is to be projected onto the the old fort ruins.


550 years of history will be bought to life on the ruins of St Paul’s Church and the walls of Governor’s House. Three live Military Drummers – Portuguese, Dutch and British – start the show. Their projected shadows come to life and start a journey from occupation, through the industry and immigration imposed under British Rule, to Japanese rule in WW2 and finally into Independence in 1957. The audience will watch the show from an English Garden beneath the walls, as projection brings the buildings to life.


A sound scape creates a descriptive ‘musical’ track from traditional music, drums, dialogue and sound effects including bouncing rubber tires, clinking tins, turning wheels, the drone of bombers, canon, church bells and musket fire, culminating with the chant for ‘Merdeka!’ (Independence) as Tunku, Malaysia’s first Prime Minister and the country’s father, announces the birth of a new nation.