On a mission to bring more Asian Australian stories to our stages, Performance 4a and Playwriting Australia have teamed up to present the Lotus Asian Australian Playwriting Project.


After a first round of introductory workshops in May, submissions are now open for its Playwrights Salon in Melbourne .  Salons are already under way in Brisbane and Sydney.


The Salon is an intermediate course designed by Playwriting Australia to nurture and support emerging playwrights, enabling them to develop innovative, original and exciting plays.   Participants will attend fortnightly group meetings to examine key playwriting craft elements through creative exercises, watching and critiquing contemporary theatre productions, reading and discussing each others writing.


The Salon takes place over 8 fortnightly sessions:

Monday 27 Oct - 8 Dec

Monday 5 - 16 Jan 2015

Venue: The Wheeler Centre.


Fill out the Lotus Salon Submission form and apply now.  Deadline extended to MON 13 OCTOBER.


Performance 4a and Griffin Theatre Company present

Yasukichi Murakami

  Through a Distant Lens



We take so many photographs. How do we know which ones are important, which ones matter?


After a sell out season at Darwin Festival and rave reviews at Shinju Matsuri Festival Broome, and OzAsia Festival at the Adelaide Festival Centre, Mayu Kanamori's multilayered work, Yasukichi Murakami - Through a Distant Lens plays at Sydney's SBW Stables Theatre as a special event in Griffin Theatre Company's 2015 program.


Kanamori goes in search of the missing photographs of Yasukichi Murakami - a Japanese-Australian photographer, entrepreneur and inventor, who lived in northern Australia from 1897 until his internment in 1941 - in order to tell the largely forgotten story of the early Japanese in Australia.  Utilising photographic and video projections, sound design, live music and actors, photographs come to life in a conversation between a photographer from the past and one from the present.

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Mon - Fri 7pm
Sat 2pm and 7pm



Written by Mayu Kanamori
Directed by Malcolm Blaylock
Music/Sound Design Terumi Narushima
Dramaturg Jane Bodie
Visual Design  Mic Gruchy
Lighting Design Luiz Pampolha

Performed by Arisa Yura & Kuni Hashimoto
with Yumi Umiumare

Watch the TRAILER

Read the REVIEWS  

This project is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; Creative Ecologies Lab, Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University; the Northern Territory Government; the Japan Foundation and Playwriting Australia.


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