Theatre group Sifar takes home champion trophy at Sarawak Theatre Festival 2015

By Patricia Hului
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Sifar performing Si Panji Rumput.


Sifar did it again!

Theatre group Persatuan Seni Persembahan Sifar Kuching (Sifar) once again wowed the judges in this year’s Sarawak Theatre Festival by taking home the champion trophy.

They were twice the champion in Malaysia Theatre Festival (FTM) back in 2008 and 2014.

They performed Si Panji Rumput which follows the story of a group of indigenous people who ran away after a civil war broke out, leaving them with almost nothing.

The passionate acting by the cast depicted how a group of people fighting for their lives and eventually their sanities was impressive; earning them well-deserved title of champion.



The cast of Sifar on Si Panji Rumput


The group brought home a cash prize of RM2500, certificates and trophy.

Besides winning the champion title, Sifar also won best director (Malek Hassan), best actress (Haslina Mohd Hasbi) and best theatrical scenery.

Malek and Haslina won themselves RM800 and RM500 cash prizes respectively.



Sifar group members jumping in joy when they were announced as champion.



Sifar’s group photo after receiving their prizes.


The second place went to Aksara who took home a cash prize of RM2,000, certificates and trophies.

Aksara performed a story about an inmate named Mutakhir who is on death row.

His boredom in the prison cell led him to visualise a character in his head named Sofia.



Aksara’s Mutakhir won second place in this year’s Sarawak Theater Festival.


Sanggar Creative Theater Group Kuching won third place with RM1500, certificates and trophies.

In their performance ‘Dejavu dari Langit’, they told a story about a young widow named Kartini who worked as a manual labourer on a skyscraper’s construction site.

An old flame then comes into Kartini’s life ready to stir things up.



Second runner-up went to Sanggar Creative Theater Group Kuching.


Other winners included Syafa’at Zainal Abidin (best actor), Tatang Elwani Zaini (best supporting actor) and Nurafina Abdullah (best supporting actress).

All the competing groups in this year Sarawak Theatre Festival also received a cash prize of RM500 a certificate and a trophy as a token entry.

Sarawak Theatre Festival started two weeks earlier on Nov 4 with the debut performance called Kasin of BEDURUK group from Teachers Training Institute Tun Abdul Razak.

Then it was followed by Titik Mula Titik Akhir by Asentar from University Tun Abdul Razak (Unitar) on Nov 5, Samak by G-Teras Theatre Group of RELA Sarawak (Nov 6), Dejavu Dari Langit by Pertubuhan Teater Sanggar Creative Kuching (Nov 7), Mutakir by Aksara Theater (Nov 8), Anak Nazar Tujuh by UiTM’s Senimanku (Nov 9), Nazar Kumal by Unimas Bayu (Nov 10), Mendung Berlaly by UiTM’s Permata Kenyalang (Nov 11), Melati Sarawak by Studio Labu Sakti (Nov 16) and Si Panji Rumput by Sifar (Nov 16).

The night also saw JKKN awarded Ramli Ali the inaugural Arts and Culture Figure Award.

The award recognises an individual’s efforts and services whether it is in music, dance or the theatre scene.



Zaifri bin Husin (right) handed Ramli his award.


Ramli, the 58-year-old former dance choreographer was awarded for his contribution to the entertainment industry.

Hailing from Kuching, he was once an in house-choreographer for Sarawak Cultural Village in the late 80s.

He has choreographed many large-scale and astounding performances such as the Millennium 2000 celebration at Padang Merdeka Kuching, 50th National Day, Rakan Muda Rakan Seni Buadaya officiating ceremony which involved 2,500 dancers, FIFA Coca Cola Youth Football officiating ceremony involving 3000 dancers.

Ramli received a cash prize of RM5000, certificate and a trophy.

Organised by National Department of Culture and Arts (JKKN) under Social Development Ministry (KPS) together with Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) Sarawak, the event once again proved itself to be an amazing platform for local theatre enthusiasts to show their talents.

The festival was organised in conjunction with the Month of National Language and Malaysia Year of Festival 2015.



Enthusiastic crowd during the Sarawak Theatre Festival 2015.


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