Lim Kay Tong, 59

Nominated for his role as Kuo Pao Kun in TheatreWorks' Goh Lay Kuan & Kuo Pao Kun, which ran at the National Museum of Singapore's Gallery Theatre and Exhibition Gallery 2. There were 10 shows from Sept 14 last year to Feb 22 this year.

The history and relationship of Singapore's premiere arts couple - the late playwright Kuo Pao Kun and dance pioneer Madam Goh Lay Kuan - was explored in this show, in which Lim Kay Tong took on the role of Kuo, opposite Karen Tan's Goh.

While Tan had never worked with either Kuo or Goh before, Lim had a long working relationship with the playwright, going back to the actor's starring role in the debut of Kuo's landmark monodramas The Coffin Is Too Big For The Hole (1985) and No Parking On Odd Days (1986).

In an interview with Life! last year, he says: "What I miss is that he is undeniably our best playwright.

"I miss him not being around to write some more because the deeper you go into his works, the more I feel there isn't anyone who's come along with that kind of calibre, strong belief or integrity."

In the TheatreWorks production, Lim played Kuo himself as well as some of the characters in his plays.

Life! theatre critic and judge for the awards Corrie Tan says: "It was quite electrifying to watch Lim stepping into the shoes of the late Kuo... Lim was an incredibly charismatic presence on stage as he breathed life into Kuo's characters. He had a very commanding presence even though he was constrained to one side of the stage - symbolic of Kuo's incarceration for alleged leftist activities."


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