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Review by Danielle O'Donohue 22 January 2016

... the best kind of example why a diverse cultural landscape should not only be encouraged in Australia but is essential...Read the full review .

DIRECTOR's Longhouse



Why are there so few theatre directors of Asian Australian background? Should it be a concern? Does it influence the type of work on our stages?

Join our expert panel for this fascinating discussion, get some hot tips on career pathways and find out how to gain opportunities in the industry.

  • Egil Kipste – Head of Directing, NIDA
  • Paige Rattray – Richard Wherrett Fellow, Sydney Theatre Company
  • Kip Williams – Resident Director, Sydney Theatre Company
  • Facilitated by Tessa Leong – Director, Dramaturg and Longhouse Coordinator

This Longhouse event comes at the end of Sydney Theatre Company and Performance 4a’s week-long Directing Workshop conducted by Paige Rattray. Workshop participants will also share their experiences of the week.

WHEN:  Friday 24 June - 6.00pm - 8.00pm

WHERE: Sydney Theatre Company Big Rehearsal Room,  Pier 4, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

(The Big Rehearsal Room is located between Wharf 1 and Wharf 2 Theatres at the end of the fire tunnel which runs alongside the main walkway up The Wharf. Enter from the main entrance on Hickson Road, walk up the stairs, and down along The Wharf’s main walkway. When you reach the blackboards on the wall to your left, look out for a friendly Performance 4a face!)


Entry is free but bookings are essential .


Who Speaks for Me? Seeking storytellers

Who Speaks for Me?


Performance 4a teams up with the brand spanking new National Theatre of Parramatta for our next production,
a new storytelling show about the complexities of language.

We’ve all had those “lost in translation” moments – some may be frustrating, some funny, some painful.

While the theme is language, what we really want to hear about is the personal experience of making a home
in a new country.


We’re looking for storytellers to join the cast. Do you have a good story? Are you Asian Australian, living or
working in western Sydney? Then we’d love to hear from you. Stage experience is NOT required – just a
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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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