Multicultural Arts Victoria was thrilled to present the “Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice” Melbourne Fringe Award to Shannan Lim and Vidya Rajan, of Asian Ghost-ery Store, and also wishes to congratulate all other brilliant award recipients.
Asian Ghost-ery Store, created and performed by Shannan Lim and Vidya Rajan, took audience through a late-night trolley ride of story, sketch, performance and meandering rumination. Raised in the aisles of Asian grocery stores, time had come for Shan and Yaya to escape—and haunt modern Australia. But how do a couple of ghosts conjure a stylish, post-racial image when they be stuffing their faces with Hello Panda? Ghouls have identity crises too.
Part truthful, part ball of lies, Asian Ghost-ery Store was an exorcism—a dark but gleeful shopping spree of their shared consciousness. Writers, improvisers and comics Shannan and Vidya schooled themselves good at famed institutions The Second City and iO Theatre. They are part of comedic ensemble Only The Human, which debuted two shows at Fringe World Festival this year, ‘Facemash Napoleon’ and ‘Voices in My Bread’.
As Award Partner for Melbourne Fringe 2015, Multicultural Arts Victoria is looking forward to supporting the artists in the next stage development of their winning project and career.
The Melbourne Fringe Awards are an opportunity for Melbourne’s arts community to celebrate and acknowledge the diversity, professionalism and exceptional quality of work in each year’s Festival.