The casts of The Language Archive. Photo by: Star2.com
The Malaysian award-winning play, The Language Archive presented by PH7 Production Management Sdn Bhd (PH7 Production), garners double win at the 14th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards held at St. Regis Kuala Lumpur.
Dubbed as celebrating ‘The Best of 2016’ shows, the play bags Best Actor award in a Supporting Role through Sukania Venugopal. Raja Malik was awarded the Best Set Design for theatre category. They were 12 awards competed in total.
Featuring local stage casts such as Gavin Yap, Farah Rani, Anitha Hamid and Datuk Zahim Albakri, the play was staged in October 2016.
“We hope to see the performing arts in Malaysia flourish in terms of quality performances and taken as professional career,” said Ghafir Akbar, the play director.
Written by American playwright, Julia Cho, the play tells the story of George who is an expert at archiving dying languages of the world, struggles to record the words of the rare language from Alta and Resten, whom refuse to speak to each other. Also caught up in this linguistic tangle is George’s assistant Emma, who keeps silent about her love for him while George try to keep his wife beside him.
Commenting on the awards, President of Kakiseni, Low Ngai Yuen said: “The changes made to the awards this year would set new benchmark for sponsorship, improve its quality, and attract the interest of corporate sectors in the effort to promote the arts further.”
Jointly organised by BOH and Kakiseni, the awards night reinvented as a platform for producers to meet potential sponsors keen to invest in local performing art companies. Selected by a panel of award judges from across all performing arts categories, the awards accolade outstanding performances in dance, music, theatre and musical theatre.
Full List of 14th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards Winners:
Best Group Performance: “CanSur” in Axiomatic (Asia Duo Dance Company)
Best Choreographer in a Feature Length Work: Black & White @ Variation Rerun 2016 (Dua Space Dance Theater)
Best Music & Sound Design: 2020: I’m from 2020 (Tocatta Studio)
Best Costume Design, Styling & Make-up: HAHAHA (DPAC Dance Company)
Best Solo Performance - Instrumental: Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto (Fung Chern Wei)
Best Group Original Performance - Instrumental: Percussion Paradise (Hands 1)
Best Production Values: Carpe Diem (Checkmate Creative)
Musical Theatre Category:
Best Overall Production: Into the Woods (PAN Productions)
Innovation in Musical Theatre: Mahsuri (And Other Peculiar Tales) – A New Musical (Liver and Lung Productions)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Sukania Venugopal (The Language Archive by PH7 Production Management)
Best Director: Deric Gan Eng Kee (Ricahrd III by The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat and MUKA Space)
Best Set Design: Raja Malik (The Language Archive by PH7 Production Management)
14th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards Winners. Photo by: Kakiseni