Archive 2010
Monkey Baa auditions
peasantprince100.jpg seeking Asian Australian actors with movement skills

Here’s the next great opportunity for Asian Australian performers. Monkey Baa Theatre Company is currently developing a new work based on Li Cunxin’s The Peasant Prince - the true story of Mao’s Last Dancer for young people aged 6+.  A creative development week is planned for 12 - 16 Oct 2015. Rehearsals  commence Mar 2016 and the production will tour nationally from Apr - Sep 2016. Monkey Baa is looking to cast four Asian Australian actors (3 male and 1 female) over the age of 21, who have good movement skill. Some skill in ballet would be an advantage but not essential. Full driver’s license essential. Auditions in mid-September. If you’re interested email your CV and photo to This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Lotus First Draft announced
lotus_circle_100px.jpg Lotus first draft writers announced

Congratulations to the 12 emerging playwrights taking part in our new program in partnership with Playwriting Australia - Lotus First Draft. Selected from a highly competitive field of over 40 submissions, these writers will take their new plays to first draft working with playwright dramaturges Jane Bodie, Stephen Carleton and Tommy Murphy. Read more.  

The Longhouse Affair

Join us in a celebration of contemporary Asian-Australian performance -
theatre, music, cabaret, dance, comedy, storytelling and more

Performance 4a celebrates the end of a remarkable year with The Longhouse Affair at The Factory Theatre, Marrickville.  This fundraiser will support our exciting plans for 2016 including the World Premiere of
In Between Two at Carriageworks from 21 Jan as part of Sydney Festival, the return season of
Yasukichi Murakami - Through a Distant Lens by Mayu Kanamori at Riverside Parramatta,
LOTUS First Draft and of course, a new series of Longhouse events. 

Launched in August 2015, The Longhouse has provided a space where artists interested in contemporary Asian Australian performance can network, learn, share, play and create.  It has quickly become a creative hub leading the conversation about cultural diversity on our stages.

The Longhouse Affair line-up ranges from exciting emerging talents to the revered.

It's a never-to-be repeated cocktail of music, movement, drama, story, humour, wisdom and beauty:

  • William Yang
  • Paul Cordeiro
  • Nicholas Ng
  • Valerie Berry
  • Clocks and Clouds featuring Terumi Narushima and Kraig Grady
  • Priscilla Jackman
  • Pearl Tan
  • Ryuchi Fujimura
  • and Jonathan Chan

This fundraiser completes this year’s highly successful Longhouse Program. Launched in August 2015, as a series of regular events inviting those with an interest in contemporary Asian Australian performance gather to play, learn, share, create, collaborate and network. Enthusiastically received by colleagues throughout the theatre sector, The Longhouse has quickly become a creative hub leading the conversation about cultural diversity on our stages.

Tuesday 15 December from 7.30pm
The Factory Theatre
105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville

BOOK NOW: $42 + booking fee

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Hong Kong Fringe Club: Australia on Stage 2006
By Kay Ross

State of the Arts, 13 February 2006

The ‘Australia on Stage' program of the City Festival 2006 at the Fringe Club in Hong Kong featured three multicultural Australian stand-up comedians who deconstructed their Asian-Australian-ness: Tibetan-Australian comedian Nick Sun, Anglo-Indian Melbourne girl Georgina Naidu and Hong Kong-born cabaret artiste Rick Lau.

Benny Chia, the Artistic Director of the Fringe Club, said: "We love working with Aussie performers; their shows usually have a certain rawness and authenticity about them that suit us to a T, and local audiences have embraced them. Since the announcement of Keating's Creative Nation policy, the Australian government (through the Consulate-General here) has been putting its money where its mouth is. We've been working with Australian artists and arts organisations since 1987, and we've introduced at least 100 acts from Down Under to Hong Kong audiences. Every year we try to bring in new acts and fresh talents to whet people's appetite and keep their interest up."

The "Australia on Stage" program was sponsored by the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong. Murray Cobban, Australian Consul-General in Hong Kong, said: "Hong Kong audiences love Australian comedians because of their unique sense of humour. Their witty performances are often inspired by individual experiences in the multicultural living environment of Australia. The ‘Australia on Stage' program of this year's City Festival is a celebration of the best Australian-Asian talents nurtured in an open and culturally diverse country."

Award-winning comedian Nick Sun is known for his self-deprecating, tongue-in-cheek style. In his show Whatever (18-21 January), he described his comedy as "funny, hopefully". Throughout his act, Nick pointedly insisted that his ethnicity was irrelevant, thereby ironically drawing attention to it. One quip that drew big laughs from Hong Kong audiences was: "I've been here for four days and I still haven't found Chinatown."

Melbourne comedian Georgina Naidu poked fun at the weirdness of her Anglo-Indian background in her witty, warm-hearted autobiographical show about home and belonging, Yellow Feather (25-27 January). Backing her up on the onstage sound system was DJ Schmidti, who is of Indo-Fijian-Australian heritage. One of Georgina's funniest lines was: "Essendon football team is so good there's even a place named after them."

Cabaret artiste Rick Lau returned to the City Festival after last year's sell-out show, How Now, Rick Lau, with SunRice (25-27 January). It was a light-hearted romp through his life and career, from his childhood in Hong Kong to IT jobs in Europe and the US, and his experiences as a migrant in Australia. Hong Kong audiences, even those who don't speak Cantonese, enjoyed his scenes and asides spoken in Cantonese, because the characters were instantly recognisable. And drawing huge applause was his version of the tongue-twisting song I've Been Everywhere, Man, featuring Hong Kong as well as Australian place names.

Outside of the ‘Australia on Stage' program, but still part of the City Festival, visual artist and performer Greg Leong from Tasmania was a guest speaker at a symposium, "Arts Connections: D.I.Y. Touring Arts in Asia". Also speaking at that symposium was Douglas Gautier, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, who is due to take up the role of Director of the Adelaide Festival Centre in May.
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