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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            


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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!

IMAGE: WILLA ZHENG

 
The Floating World
shingo_floating_world.jpg Shingo Usami in classic Australian play

Shingo Usami joins the cast of director Sam Strong's revival of the classic Australian play, The Floating World by John Romeril. Les and Irene are celebrating their wedding anniversary. Gifted with the holiday of a lifetime, they set sail on the Women’s Weekly Cherry Blossom Cruise bound for the cultural mysteries of Japan. But amongst the sun hats, theme nights and piña coladas Les, a former WWII prisoner of war, soon finds himself confronted by old diggers, enemies and tormented memories. As the cruise ship floats closer towards its destination, Les’ grip on reality floats ever further away. The reviews have been fantastic, and deservedly so. Don't miss it.  Griffin Theatre Company until 16 Nov.

 
Jenevieve Chang
jenevieve_chang_120.jpg Jenevieve Chang

Jenevieve Chang makes work across theatre, dance and performance. She trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

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SMH Reviews Serpents Table
serpentreview.jpg Good Food: with cups full of honesty and feeling

Review by Jason Blake

Sydney Morning Herald, 27 Jan 2014

In Vietnamese culture, Pauline Nguyen says, the things that are hardest to say can sometimes be expressed with food. Read the full story .

 
Teik-Kim Pok

tk200.jpgTeik-Kim is a theatre-maker, performance artist and a NSW-qualified secondary drama teacher. 

On Sydney’s independent stages, he has appeared in two of Patrick Lenton’s works, The Bermuda Love Triangle and Sexy Tales of Paleontology.

As a theatre-maker and performance artist, Teik-Kim’s main inquiry lies in transgressing identity and boundary constructions expressed within popular culture. Responsible for solo performance works, Post-Op Chamber Piece, The Ozzie Citizenship Series and a series of performance lectures, The Guest Project (PACT & Griffringe) a mild distortion of his own research into his Hakka-Chinese cultural heritage, he is also creator of audience-activated live installations, Karaoke Massage (2005-) and I’m not a psychic, just a performer (Tin Sheds Gallery 2011).

He is currently developing The Urban Co-Apprentices Project with 4a Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and for Performance 4a he has performed in Stories East & West at Belvoir, Riverside and Zenith Theatres.

He continues to advocate for arts education accessibility across all age groups and sectors within his current role as coordinator of Playwriting Australia's Outreach programs.

 
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