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Stories Then & Now


"Stories Then & Now is not only nourishing theatrically, but socially.  It's important work. Vital, in every sense." 

Curtain Call            


Directed by master storyteller and celebrated photographer William Yang and writer and producer Annette Shun Wah, Stories Then & Now is an inspiring theatre work bringing together six Asian Australians to tell personal stories from their past to unravel the threads that lead to their present day lives.

Taking the audience from historical conflicts in China, Indonesia, Korea, Vietnam and Sri Lanka to the fraught family sqabbles of suburban Australia today, these candid narratives are drawn from the rich life experiences of academic and author Ien Ang, performer and writer Jenevieve Chang, video journalist, Michael C.S. Park, writer and radio producer Sheila Pham, social worker and food writer Paul van Reyk and civil marriage celebrant Willa Zheng.

Music by Nicholas Ng.

Stories Then & Now premiered in a sell out season at Carriageworks in May 2013.  It performed at Casula Powerhouse, and sold out at the OzAsia Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre.  We're looking for further opportunities to tour in 2014.  Watch this space!


Japanese Film Festival
jff2013.jpg it's movie time!

If you love Japanese cinema, don’t miss the 17th Japanese Film Festival now on in Melbourne until Dec 8. It features more than 30 of the latest box office hits and classics as well.  Meet visiting guest directors and actors from Japan, and check out the special events.

Time Out Reviews Serpents Table
serpentreview.jpg The Serpent's Table: sydney Festival 2014

Review by Dee Jefferson

Time Out, 28 Jan 2014

This multi-sensory performance of food and storytelling is a feast for the belly and soul. Read the full story .

The Serpent is a hit
tst_new100.jpg the serpent is a hit

It's official.  Performance 4a's collaboration with Griffin Theatre Company, The Serpent's Table, was one of the hits of Sydney Festival 2014. Staged at Carriageworks, alongside The Shadow King, the two shows were a powerful offering over the Australia Day weekend.  See our Media section for reviews.

jenwong2014.jpg Jennifer Wong is laughable

“A kid at the zoo accused me of impersonating a flamingo. I didn’t have a leg to stand on.”

Sydney comedian Jennifer Wong, who’s back from putting the ‘aha’ in Laughable at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe brings her show Laughable: The One Liner Show to Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014 .

“I’m so anxious. Even my central system is nervous.”

Playing the Forum Theatre Mar 27 to Apr 20. Previews 27 & 28 March only $15. Full price tickets $22.

'The introvert at the party always leaves without goodbyes. Goes without saying.'

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