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Review by Danielle O'Donohue

themusic.com.au 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 .

 
Masterclass with Kristine Landon-Smith

Masterclass with Kristine Landon-Smith

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Do you bring your cultural context to work with you?  

Or do you leave aspects of yourself at the door?

 

Performance 4a invites your expression of interest to take part in a free intracultural masterclass
with acclaimed director Kristine Landon-Smith.

This is a multi-lingual and multi-vernacular practice which looks at how to engage your personality,
historical narrative and background into your acting process. Don't feel you have to leave yourself
at the rehearsal room door. The masterclass will equip you with intracultural understanding and address
the (white) elephant in the mainstream rehearsal room.

 

Saturday 24 September

2pm-6pm

At NIDA
215 Anzac Parade Kensington

Grow your networks, your understanding and your actor’s toolkit with Kristine Landon-Smith in this
special event for Performance 4a members. To register an expression of interest for the program,
you must be member of the Performance 4a Network.

Register here if you haven't already.

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Who Speaks For Me?

National Theatre of Parramatta and Performance 4a present

Who Speaks For Me?

 

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Discover the unexpected stories of Western Sydney in this intimate multi-lingual,
multi-generational storytelling show.


Through the personal narratives and photographs of three families from Cambodia, Vietnam and Bhutan
Who Speaks For Me?
explores the vagaries of language – the powerlessness of those who do not have it,
the nuances lost in translation, and the sometimes hilarious consequences of misunderstanding it.

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

State of the Arts, 13 February 2006


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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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