‘Mga Bata sa Selda 43’: a story that ‘must be told’

A mixture of drama and comedy, the Virgin Labfest 14 entry "Mga Bata sa Selda 43" takes its audience on a thoughtful, harrowing ride to explore the Duterte administration drug war from a child's point of view. "The play starts out as a comedy," says director Ian Segarra, "and then it hits you." Written by Rolin Migyuel Cadallo Obina, the one-act play follows two brothers from the slums, 13-year-old Philip and 8-year-old Ino, who find themselves trapped in a prison cell. At first, they believe they've been abducted by aliens, but the appearance of a new character, Ed, soon sends the play spiraling from lighthearted banter and imagination to something more serious and poignant, u...

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