Dato' Rahim Razali is a veteran actor, dramatist and live sports commentator. A beloved icon of Malaysian entertainment, he is also known for directing and producing film & television, and writing. He has won numerous accolades for his performances and is best known for appearing in the films Dayang Suhana (1978), Matinya Seorang Patriot (1984), Abang 92 (1993), Puteri Gunung Ledang (2004) and Munafik (2016). In May 2019, Harian Metro listed him as one of the 10 most prolific Malaysian senior actors of all time. Dato' Rahim Razali played Bapak in the original stage production of Spilt Gravy On Rice.
An acclaimed actor and theatre director, Dato’ Zahim Albakri is the artistic director and executive producer of Dramalab, as well as a founding member of Instant Café Theatre Company. He has appeared in a number of television, theatre and film productions. His accolades for acting and directing include winning Best Actor at TV3’s Anugerah Skrin for his role in Odissi (1999), and five Boh Cameronian Arts Awards for his work in theatre: Best Solo Performance for Huzir Sulaiman’s The Smell of Language (2004), and Best Director for Spilt Gravy on Rice (2002), Separation 40 (2005), Puteri Gunung Ledang The Musical (2006) and P. Ramlee The Musical (2007). He received the prestigious Anugerah Seni Negara for Theatre Directing in 2006 and the Darjah Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak in 2008, which earned him the honorific Dato’. Highlights from his experience directing for the stage also include The Storyteller (with Krishen Jit, 1996), A Flight Delayed (1997) No Holds Bard (2016), Shadow in the Sun (2017) and 7Voices2.0 (2018) for George Town Festival. Dato’ Zahim’s stage performances range from acting in PH7’s critically-acclaimed staging of Julia Cho’s The Language Archive (2016), to narrating Khazanah Research Institute’s star-studded musical showcase Malam Terang Bulan (2014-15). Dato’ Zahim was professionally consulted on the establishment of PJ Live Arts (PJLA) in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, where he served as its first artistic director from 2008 to 2011. He is also a council member and Vice President of the Malaysian Heritage Trust. Dato' Zahim directed all three runs of Spilt Gravy On Rice, and also took over from Charon Mokhzani in the role of Zakaria for the restaging of the play.
Beyond theatre and film, Bernice Chauly is best known as a writer, poet, educator and curator who has worked extensively in the creative industries for over 30 years. She is the author of seven books, which include prose and poetry, and has even received praise from Nobel Laureate J. M. Coetzee for her writings. Born to Chinese-Punjabi teachers, Bernice read Education and English Literature at the University of Winnipeg, Canada, as a government scholar and is recognised as one of the most significant voices of her generation. She is currently writing a AAA video game. Bernice Chauly played Kalsom in the original stage production of Spilt Gravy On Rice.
Na’a Murad does many things in the entertainment industry, including directing, writing and acting. His work spans film, theatre, television and even comic book publishing. Na’a is highly-selective with his acting roles: his recent appearances on stage include Kee Tuan Chye's Swordfish + Concubine (2017) and Tan Sri Mohd Ali Hashim & Omar Ali's Dato Seri (2018). Though he found his role in Spilt Gravy / Ke Mana Tumpahnya Kuah… “unexpected and scary”, he was happy to take over from Reza Zainal Abidin who originally played Darwis in the stage production. Na'a Murad played the Co-Pilot, opposite his brother Jit Murad, in the original stage production of Spilt Gravy On Rice.
A celebrated actor, singer and musician, Sean made his breakthrough into the world of music and performing arts with his West End debut in Miss Saigon at the young age of 22. He subsequently appeared in RENT and The King & I at the London Palladium. Back home in Malaysia, Sean is one of the nation’s most respected vocalists. In addition to being the frontman of Malaysian band TARAKUCHA, Sean also serves as artistic director for the entertainment lounge BOBO Kuala Lumpur. Sean Ghazi played Husni in the original stage production of Spilt Gravy On Rice.
Juliana Ibrahim has been in the entertainment industry for more than two decades as an actor, TV host, emcee and voice over talent. She made her silver screen debut in Yasmin Ahmad’s Gubra (2006) and went on to star in Mark Tan’s Jarum Halus (2008). Juliana has resided in The Netherlands since 2014 with her husband and three children. She is trained as a yoga instructor specialising in hatha, yin, family, and kids yoga.
Jit Murad is one of Malaysia’s most beloved playwrights. His works include Spilt Gravy On Rice, Gold Rain & Hailstones, The Storyteller and Malam Konsert. He has appeared in films such as Selubung (1992), Beyond Rangoon (1995), Mimpi Moon (2000) and Talentime (2009). He passed away on 12 February 2022.
Harith Iskander is an actor and comedian. With over 30 years of experience as a stand-up comedian, he is considered to be the "Godfather of Stand-Up Comedy" in Malaysia. In addition to his live and screen work, he is also recognised as one of few Malaysian talents with a Netflix special, titled I Told You So (2018).
Bernie Chan is a Malaysian supermodel who made her stage debut with Spilt Gravy On Rice in 2002. She credits the role with unleashing her knack for comedy as it opened doors to more opportunities in theatre and television. She is best-known for her work in reality television and for being a sought-after emcee.
Dara Raziana Othman got her start through ‘Paperdoll’ shows and became a recognisable face in Malaysian nightlife after stints in legendary venues such as Kuala Lumpur’s legendary BOOM BOOM ROOM and Penang’s Sol Fun Club. She has also performed in Singapore, India and Hong Kong. Her acting work includes performing in Instant Cafe Theatre Company’s staging of Shanon Shah’s Air Con, and Unifi PlayTV’s mini-series Marilah Sayang. She is currently an Investment Consultant with Principal Asset Management Berhad.
Joelah Charles was discovered while she was still in university. Upon helping stage manage a production of Spilt Gravy On Rice, she was cast as Sujatha in her first film role. After filming concluded, Joelah continued to pursue a career in marketing and retail management. To date, she has proved invaluable to international private corporations such as Red Bull and Lululemon.
Junji Delfino is a Filipino singer who began performing in jazz clubs in the 1980s. Upon relocating to Malaysia in the 1990s, she became a local musical sensation and would soon score roles on stage and film, including a role in the Hollywood smash hit Crazy Rich Asians (2018).
Carliff Carleel is an actor known for his work in film, television and theatre. He made his silver screen debut with the acclaimed Bunohan (2012) and has since appeared in Apokalips X (2014) and Sangkar (2019). Beyond film, he specialises in security solutions for residential and commercial premises.
Amerul Affendi is a celebrated actor who made his silver screen debut in Karaoke (2009), the second Malaysian film ever to have been selected for the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. He is best known for his work in Terbaik Dari Langit (2014), One Two Jaga (2018) and Prebet Sapu (2020).