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Single Asian Female

11 Feb - 04 Mar

By Michelle Law

An incisive new comedy skewering race and gender in contemporary Australia from Brisbane-based award winning writer Michelle Law. Step into the after-hours of a suburban Chinese restaurant and meet a family of whip smart women who are definitely talking about you in their native tongue.

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Show Duration is 2.5 hours, including an interval.

 

 

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Set on the Sunshine Coast this hilarious play answers what it means to be an Asian woman living in Australia.

For Pearl, a Chinese migrant operating a restaurant, it means sacrifice and struggling to connect with her very westernised children.

For Zoe, the eldest child, it means approaching a crossroads in her life where she’s forced to choose between a career and a family.

For Mei, the youngest child, it means being bullied at school and grappling with the desire to assimilate versus cultivating a unique identity.

Two sisters at odds with each other and a mother harboring a secret that threatens to tear her family apart, Australian domesticity like you’ve never seen it before.

Cast & creatives

  • Director Claire Christian
  • Set & Costume Design Moe Assaad
  • Composer/Sound Designer Wil Hughes
  • Lighting Designer Keith Clark
  • Fight Director N-J Price
  • Performers Emily Burton, Patrick Jhanur, Alex Lee, Courtney Stewart, Hsiao-Ling Tang and Emily Vascotto

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This work was developed with the assistance of the Lotus Playwriting Project, an initiative of Playwriting Australia and Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (formerly Performance 4a)

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You don’t want to miss this hilarious comedy by award winning, Brisbane based playwright Michelle Law.

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More great reviews!

‘A production that is genuinely funny, genuinely moving and genuinely thought-provoking’ – Australian Stage.
For the full story, click here. 

Click here for the Blue Curtains review.

“This is a new work of significant cultural value, it is a credit to director Claire Christian and La Boite Theatre and an inspiration to emerging playwrights around the country” – Stage Whispers. Click here for the full review

‘It’s beyond wonderful that this badass play now heads the Google search predictions for “single Asian female”‘ – Broader Lines

 

23.02.17

Did you know…

Almost 50% of the people in this pic of the Single Asian Female cast and creatives, have taught our Acting Studio?
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Apps for Group 1 close Mon 27 Feb.

23.02.17

Check out this 4 1/2 star review from ArtsHub #greatreviewsfordays

Five stars from The Guardian!

Great review from The Australian!

 

Click here for the full review. 

Photography by Dylan Evans.

17.02.17

Meet Wil Hughes: Composer/Sound Designer

“The biggest thing I've learned is that nothing is more important than the work itself” Wil Hughes

A bit about Wil Hughes

Wil’s credits as a composer, songwriter and sound designer for theatre have ranged from contemporary ballet to musicals, and include The Theory of Everything (Brisbane Festival/Metro Arts); Dust Covered Butterfly (Metro Arts); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wind in the Willows (La Boite Theatre Company); Tiptoe (Pentimento Productions); Sweet Meniscus (Anywhere Theatre Festival); Legends (Storyshare International Ltd.); Unnatural Selection, Allan (The Arts Centre Gold Coast/Awkward Productions); Blak Electric (Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts) and Caligula (The Danger Ensemble/Judith Wright Centre).

His compositional work for film includes Viral (dir. Sam Van Grinsven), an official selection for the Cinequest Film Festival in California and the Down Under Film Festival in Berlin, as well as the upcoming feature, Hold On.

As a freelance theatre professional he has worked extensively with companies including La Boite Theatre Company, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Theatre Company and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Companies who have utilised Wil’s facilities as an audio engineer, music editor and QLab programmer include Global Creatures, Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance Company, Bay Street Productions, La Boite Theatre Company and more.

In 2016 he was honoured with a nomination at the Australian Songwriting Awards for his work with choral writer, Donna Dyson.

 

Five minutes with Wil

“My mantra for the preshow music at the moment is the amazing women you hear when 97.3 start feeling nostalgic”, tells Wil.

Click here for Wil’s ‘Single Asian Female Inspired’ Spotify Playlist

 

Did you always want to be a Sound Designer and Composer?
I started playing and writing music quite young, but my inclination to try and turn it into a career really only developed in the last few years, at roughly the same time that most people my age go and get a real job. I’d worked backstage in theatre for about seven years before it ever occurred to me to combine my work and my passion.

How have you reflected the characters differently with the music in the show?
The three leads in Single Asian Female really represent three entire generations and sensibilities, so it was always going to be an eclectic show, musically. Pearl’s love for the C-Pop songs of her youth, Mei’s developing taste for the current Top 40, Zoe’s classical background and penchant for Missy Higgins are all distinct and important reflections of their characters, but my biggest mission as a composer was to represent the resulting family unit, all its attendant warmth, joy and heartbreak, and use that to tie the show together emotionally.

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists?
It’s a bit of an inevitability that you’ll spend a good portion of your formative years as an artist either trying to recreate the work of the people that influence you, or wildly trying to impress your audience with virtuosity and originality for its own sake. The biggest thing I’ve learned is that nothing is more important than the work itself, and being honest to it and your own voice. Don’t do it for others, do it because it’s right.

What do you like to do in your free time?
My fiancé has an equally unappealing schedule, so what little time we actually get together is spent doing what I’m lead to believe normal humans do – watching space documentaries on Netflix and eating a family-sized bag of peanut M&M’s.

Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there?
Japan. I went snowboarding there for the first time last year and was completely blown away by it. And the food! My god, the food!

What is your dream destination to travel to?
I still haven’t been anywhere in the US, and my curiosity about all of its amazing dichotomies and (of course) musical history has grown a lot over the years. So provided it’s still there in the near future I’d love to get enough time to see a good cross-section of it.

If you were in an alternate universe and could be any animal, what animal do you imagine you’d be?
Probably a parrot, because then I could say anything and everyone would still think I was adorable.

 

17.02.17

Meet Patrick Jhanur: Paul in Single Asian Female

“Do absolutely everything with love; love for the story you’re sharing, love for the audience you’re sharing it with and love for the people with you for the ride” Patrick Jhanur

Patrick Jhanur is an up and coming professional Actor based in Sydney. Born and raised in Brisbane, he is a 2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) graduate from QUT under the guidance of Dianne Eden. Prior to studying at QUT, Patrick’s TV credits include: Sea Patrol Series 2 (Channel 9), Magic Garden (Singapore). Patrick’s theatre credits include: Survival, The Cherry Orchard, Romeo and Juliet, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Coast of Utopia: Voyage, The Hot L Baltimore (QUT) and STEMania (Echelon Productions). Single Asian Female is Patrick’s La Boite Theatre Company and professional main stage theatre debut. For what Patrick lacks in credits, he makes up for in charisma and charm.

Did you always want to be an actor?

As a young kid I was determined to don the Red, Black and White for the St. Kilda Saints. However, at the age of 10 I was cast in the lead role of a Singaporean TV show. Despite the 10 hour days and rigorous 6 month shoot/publicity period I fell in love with the work. This lead too various other screen roles before my parents insisted I embraced my teenage years and stepped out of the showbiz world (something I am incredibly grateful for). Through high school I never let go of my obsession with story telling and creativity and began training at QUT after grade 12. Now I’m based in Sydney and love the challenges, variety and thrill of pursuing a career as an actor. I’m still waiting for that call up into the Saints back line though.

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists? 

Do absolutely everything with love; love for the story you’re sharing, love for the audience you’re sharing it with and love for the people with you for the ride. Put in the hard work, be tenacious and be passionate. Most importantly, always strive to be your better self not your best – perfection doesn’t exist in the arts. Unless you’re Cate Blanchett, then you’re perfect.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I’m a sucker for lazy days beach hopping. Having a kick of the Sherrin (by myself), keeping fit with variety, chowing down on Acai bowls and sashimi.

Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there?

Indonesia. It’s my roots! Beautiful people, beautiful food, beautiful scenery and such rich culture. It’s a vastly different country to Australia and visiting family in Indonesia is a very authentic cultural experience. My family is located in a small village with dirt roads and rice fields amongst the foot hills of a volcano in West Sumatra. It’s a world away from the nightclubs of Kuta – proper ridgy-didge Indo, mate.

What is your dream destination to travel to?

At the moment, the Philippines. Pristine, white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, diverse nature, scorching sun and lovely people. My Mum is a seasoned backpacker through Asia and she speaks very fondly of the Philippines.

If you were in an alternate universe and could be any animal, what animal do you imagine you’d be?

A labrador puppy, I’m excitable, easily entertained and always cheerful!

 

16.02.17

Opening Night Social Photos

Photography by Paul Sickling at Get a Night Life.

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16.02.17

Meet Moe Assaad – Set and Costume Designer

“Start by volunteering in the area you aspire for whenever you get a chance, think big and believe in yourself.” Moe Assaad

A bit about Moe Assad

Moe Assaad is a passionate Scenographer and Interior Architect. He was born in Beirut during the civil war period, which had a lasting impact on his career trajectory. Spending hours on end in underground shelters, the sounds of bombing and shelling has ignited his imagination and creativity to an imagined reality that is different from the one outside the shelter.

During his teenage years, he strengthened this creativity by volunteering his Scenography ideas and design sketches to various social and cultural institutions during special events while constructing the set himself during exhibitions.  Although scenography was not available as a separate field of study during his undergraduate school years, a strong foundation in Architecture is needed for every Scenographer.

Moe Assaad graduated with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Interior Architecture from the Lebanese University before pursuing his second Masters in Scenography when the program first opened in 2009. He was one of ten graduates representing the first cohort of Scenographers in Lebanon. He then moved to the United States where he designed sets for classic and contemporary plays for proscenium, thrust and theatre-in-the-round stages. Some of the productions he worked on for the 2nd Story Theatre and Brown University Theatre Department include, Twelfth Night, Amadeous, Le Dindon or the Dupe, and Sons of the Prophet among others.

In August 2015 Moe moved to Australia and started working for La Boite Theatre Company shortly thereafter. He is the Scenographer for The Village and Single Asian Female 2017 productions.  Beyond the theatre, Moe Assaad is interested in TV, Opera and Film productions.

 

Five minutes with Moe

Did you always want to be a Designer?
Yes. When I was young I was inspired by the work of the Italian artist Franco Zeffirelli.

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists?
Yes, start by volunteering in the area you aspire for whenever you get a chance, think big and believe in yourself.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Cooking as it is a form of art.

Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there?
Spain especially Alhambra Palace in Granada because of its Moorish Architecture and Garden Design.

What is your dream destination to travel to?
I have many and Peru is one of them, as I would love to see Machu Picchu and learn more about the Inca Civilization.

If you were in an alternate universe and could be any animal, what animal do you imagine you’d be?
A horse because it has its own character and enjoys its own freedom.

15.02.17

Production shots by Dylan Evans

14.02.17

Meet Emily Vascotto: Lana in Single Asian Female

“I mostly wanted to be a Singer when I was younger. I was pretty sure I was the next Christina. 'Genie in a Bottle' was my jam for so long. Then I discovered musical theatre and my love of acting was born.” Emily Vascotto

Image by Marcus Walters

A bit about Emily Vascotto

Emily Vascotto is an actor, writer and comedian based in Brisbane. In 2016, Emily was the Queensland winner for the RAW Comedy competition, and her grand final performance was televised at Melbourne’s Town Hall as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Emily won Best Cabaret and Best Cabaret Artist at Queensland’s Short + Sweet Festival in 2015 with her show The Confession, and has since debuted the full length version of the production (renamed Screw Loose) at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne. Emily has received a Del Arte Charts award (Favourite Leading Female Performance, 2016) for her role of ‘Billie’ in Nice Work if You Can Get It, which premiered in Queensland with Savoyards Theatre Company. Emily has also written and produced two plays with Flowers Theatre Company. The Mayne Effect in 2015, which broke records with its rapid sell out season, and her second production The Train Tea Society (2016, Anywhere Festival Award Winner) which featured a live steam train in the show (a first for Queensland). Emily is currently working on a comedy web series called Screw Loose, based on the character from her cabaret of the same name.

Five minutes with Emily

Did you always want to be an Actor?

I mostly wanted to be a Singer when I was younger. I was pretty sure I was the next Christina. ‘Genie in a Bottle’ was my jam for so long. Then I discovered musical theatre and my love of acting was born.

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists?

Create your own work. Don’t wait around for someone to offer you a role. Auditioning and rejection (although part of the process) is awful, but having a side project to be working on (no matter how big or small) is such a benefit. The creative outlet is good for your soul, and your craft. I’m also a big advocate for trying new things. I did stand up for the first time last year and it went really well. I never thought I could do stand up. But throwing caution to the wind can be super fun and rewarding.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love reading. I’m a bit of a book fiend. As in, I will smash a whole book every night. I have a Kindle which I might love more than any human being. And Goodreads is probably my favourite website. Apart from that I also love writing, binge watching Charmed, ice skating and eating cheese… the usual.

Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there?

I really, really loved New York, so I suppose I’d have to say the USA. I went to see a butt load of Broadway shows (bliss) and then made a detour through Disneyland as well (AMAZING). However Argentina and Brazil would be close seconds. The culture, the language, the people! South America is such a vibrant, incredible place.

What is your dream destination to travel to?

When I was little I watched this Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movie called ‘Holiday in the Sun’. Their parents whisk them out of school and take them on a trip to the Bahamas (so realistic!) and I have been wanting to go ever since.

If you were in an alternate universe and could be any animal, what animal do you imagine you’d be?

I really want to say unicorn, but in reality I’d probably be something like a puppy. I’m super excitable, I just want to be included, and I can go a bit silly. Oh, and I’m adorable.

13.02.17

Did you miss Chatter Box? Check it out here

About Chatterbox:
Our Chatter Box series is designed to give you more info about the show and the ideas we’re exploring! A Chatter Box event may take the form of a conversation, a panel discussion or a Q&A session that is open to everyone. They will take place in the theatre before we open, so you may even get a sneak peak of the set!

The panelists will be made up of artists, invited guests or subject matter experts, depending on the show. Check our website in advance for who will be on and the topic of conversation. You’ll have the chance to ask questions, meet your fellow audience members and continue the discussion in the bar afterwards!

About Single Asian Female (11 Feb – 4 Mar)
An incisive new comedy skewering race and gender in contemporary Australia from Brisbane-based award winning writer Michelle Law. Step into the after-hours of a suburban Chinese restaurant and meet a family of whip smart women who are definitely talking about you in their native tongue.

10.02.17

Meet Hsiao-Ling Tang: Pearl in Single Asian Female

“"When I was 5, I really wanted to be a firefighter... [but] the power of theatre was too intoxicating to ignore"” Hsiao-Ling Tang

A bit about Hsiao-Ling Tang

Hsiao-Ling has been a professional actor since graduating from QUT ‘s BA Drama course in 1997.  After her award winning portrayal of Anita in West Side Story at QUT, her first professional production was in “First Asylum” for La Boite Theatre back in 1998.  She is very happy to be back on the La Boite stage nearly 20 years later.  Hsiao-Ling has had multiple theatre credits including Professor Burton’s Travelling Federation Show which toured with the QLD Arts Council, After China at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre and Shattered Jade at Sydney’s Seymour Centre. She has also voiced an ABC radio play and presented numerous corporate videos.   In TV she has guested on All Saints, H20 Just Add Water, and Sea Patrol.  She’s performed roles in the film Postcard Bandit and U.S. produced Tempted co-starring with Virginia Madsen and Jason Mamoa of Game of Thrones fame.

Since moving back to Brisbane Hsiao-Ling has performed featured roles in QMT’s Cabaret and St Ignatians production of Rent, voiced multiple characters in the animated web series Varieti Heights and was involved in the inaugural Lotus playwriting workshops and performed play reading.  From she has there continued to further the development and performance of Squint Witch through Playlab and of course Single Asian Female in the La Boite HWY series.

In mid-2017, she will feature in the co-production of Queensland Theatre/Griffin Theatre’s world premiere of Rice which won the QLD premier’s 2016 drama award.

Five minutes with Hsiao-Ling

Did you always want to be an Actor?  

When I was 5, I really wanted to be a firefighter. Ha-ha, but my mum brought me up watching old Hollywood musicals.  I used to sing a bit and I used to always pretend I was dancing with Gene Kelly.  When I got the lead role in the high school musical, I fell in love with storytelling, becoming someone else and affecting an audience.  The power of theatre was too intoxicating to ignore.

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists?

Trust your instincts.  Be a sponge, absorb everything you can from everyone around you.  Learn to keep the bits that work for you and allow yourself to discard the rest.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I’m a crazy foodie.  If I get time, I love cooking, creating and enjoying good food, but usually I’m too busy playing with my two beautiful girls and enjoy watching them develop into little human beings.

Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there?

Italy. I have travelled many regions of this beautiful country.  The first time I went to experience the history and food.  OMG the food!!  So good.  I was also fascinated by the love story of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra and to see the real ruins and the colosseum in Rome, amazing.  The second time I went there was for my sister’s wedding.  She married an Italian boy and I was a bridesmaid.  We got to stay overnight in a real life castle in his home town of Biella, built in like the 12th century or something like that.

What is your dream destination to travel to?

Oh, take your pick out of Africa, Uluru/Kakadu national park, Myanmar or Cuba.  I’m torn because normally I would love an exciting adventure filled holiday, but with the two little ones all I seem to want to do is relax now.  So for a “family” holiday it would have to be the Maldives and I’d stay in one of those overwater bungalows.

If you were in an alternate universe and could be any animal, what animal do you imagine you’d be?

I would be a sea otter because they’re romantic and caring. They hold hands when they lie on their backs in the sea so their life partner or baby don’t float away into the open ocean AND they’re practical and resourceful too.  Did you know they have a little pocket under their forearm to store food and to keep their favourite rock? They use it as a tool to crack open clams.  They’re one of the few mammals in the world that uses tools.

07.02.17

Meet Claire Christian: Director of Single Asian Female

Photography by Dylan Evans

“Don’t ever forget it’s an honour and a joy to tell stories” Claire Christian

A bit about Claire Christian

Claire Christian is a writer, youth arts facilitator and theatre maker. In 2016 she won the Text Publishing Text Prize for her debut Young Adult Novel Beautiful Mess which will be released later this year. In 2013 she was selected as one of the YWCA Queensland’s 125 Leading Women. Claire is currently the part-time Youth and Participation Producer at La Boite Theatre Company as well as the Lead Artist on Queensland Theatre’s Logan Youth Ensemble project TRACTION, which she has lead for three years. Claire was previously the Youth Program coordinator at Queensland Theatre (2013-2014) and the Youth Arts Director at the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba (2011-2013).

 

Five minutes with Claire

You are a multifaceted professional – did you always want to be a Director? When did you first become interested in Directing?

I have always loved the arts. I danced, did drama classes, performed in many an eisteddfod and did as many extra-curricular things as possible, but by the time I got to Grade Nine Drama and theatre became my first love. I adore everything about it. Writing, directing and co-creating theatre fills my heart. Completely.

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists or Directors?

Read plays. See plays. Be in rehearsal rooms. Make work. Do whatever it takes to build your own theatre literacy skills. Seeing and reading work that you hate is just as helpful as seeing or reading work that you love. PLAY. Make work whenever and wherever you can. Find your tribe, cling to them, create with them. Don’t ever forget it’s an honour and a joy to tell stories.
What do you like to do in your free time?

I love reading, going to the movies, writing blogs and things, being a nerd with my friends and high-fiving my pug, Midge.

Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there?

Spain. It was one of the first places where I ever thought, ‘I could TOTALLY live here.’ Siestas are my jam.
What is your dream destination to travel to?

I really want to go New Zealand – I’ve never met a New Zealander I didn’t love. And I want to do the Greek Islands too, because pretty views and exceptional dips. Yes.

If you were in an alternate universe and could be any animal, what animal do you imagine you’d be?

Oooh, I don’t think I’m a sexy animal at all, I think if I’m honest, I’m like an old, adorable, hungry Labrador with a human name like ‘Barbara.’ Even though I’d love to be like a Panther with a sleek vibe and mysterious name…but I’m just not that cool.

 

A bit more about Claire

Claire is a passionate youth arts and community cultural development facilitator who has written, directed, produced and project managed numerous acclaimed projects and productions with adolescents from a variety of different contexts across Australia in the last six years.

Her plays Hedonism’s Second Album, The Landmine is Me (both with David Burton) and Talking to Brick Walls are available through Playlab.  As a playwright Claire has been recognised both nationally and internationally including being shortlisted for the Griffin Theatre Award (2009) and studying at the Royal Court Theatre Young Writers Program (2009). She co-created, co-produced and presented Escape from the Breakup Forest and Bad Friend with her theatre collective Mixtape in 2012 and 2013.

Claire has over seven years’ experience in the Education sector, as a high school teacher in both Australia and the United Kingdom. In 2013 she completed an Australia Council of the Arts JUMP Mentorship with Windmill Theatre’s Artistic Director Rosemary Myers.  She has a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing [QUT], a Graduate Diploma in Experiential Arts Therapy [MIECAT] and a Bachelor of Education [Griffith University].

Claire currently co-pilots Ask Pew!Pew! a podcast and online platform with her creative best Dave Burton and you can read about her (mis)adventures on most social media platforms or on her blog:  www.claireandpearl.com.

07.02.17

Meet Emily Burton: Katie in Single Asian Female

“Be kind and, importantly, reliable” Emily Burton

A bit about Emily Burton

Emily Burton is an actress, theatre-maker, and teaching artist. Her past main stage productions include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at La Boite Theatre Company; and The Seagull, Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, A Tribute of Sorts at Queensland Theatre. Since graduating from University of Southern Queensland in 2010, Emily has collaborated on numerous independent theatre projects including the multi award-winning A Tribute of Sorts, for which she won a Matilda Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Premiering at La Boite Theatre Company, A Tribute of Sorts was then awarded a return season at the Queensland Theatre Company in 2014 which boasted a second sell-out season. Emily has toured nationally with acclaimed theatre companies, Dead Puppets Society on The Harbinger, and Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe. Emily has worked as a teaching artist across Australia with numerous companies and organisations and has a particular passion for bringing the arts to isolated, regional areas of Australia.

 

Five minutes with Emily

Did you always want to be an Actor?

From the age of about 15, I knew I wanted to pursue acting and performance. Growing up in a relatively small town (Coffs Harbour), for a long time I didn’t realise that being an actor was even an option! But I have very early memories of being fascinated by the actors on TV and in film.

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists?

Firstly, be a good person. Be kind and, importantly, reliable. If you are easy to work with, you will book more jobs. If you are difficult to work with, there are 20 other actors ready to take your spot. Secondly, find a space/group/class where you can practice and make mistakes in a supportive and constructive environment. It’s the quickest way to learn and get better at your craft.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love making things. I love to sew, crochet, build and garden. I love going to op shops to find treasures and taking them home to alter and resize and give them a new life.

Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there?

India. My husband and I decided to go there mostly because we love the food! But then we completely fell in love with the culture, people and colours! A beautiful, wild, spiritual, historical country. We will definitely go back one day.

What is your dream destination to travel to?

I would love to sail the Greek Islands with cocktails, beautiful fresh Greek food, and swimming every day.

If you were in an alternate universe and could be any animal, what animal do you imagine you’d be? 

I would choose to be my dog, Ernie. He has a great life!

06.02.17

Meet Alex Lee: Zoe in Single Asian Female

“I think I would be a quokka. Like quokkas I am happy, friendly, love selfies and am extremely vulnerable to natural predators”

 

A bit about Alex Lee

Alex Lee is an actor, comedian and television presenter with a background in journalism. She is a writer/presenter on ABC TV’s The Checkout. Her other television credits include The Chaser’s Election Desk, The Roast, Media Circus, Story Club, and The Feed. After graduating from the University of Sydney, Alex worked as a journalist, producer and newsreader on ABC News 24, and was a member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery as political reporter for BuzzFeed Australia. She is a regular comedy guest on the Triple J Drive program, and the Free To A Good Home podcast. Alex has written and starred in sketch, stand-up, and improvisation shows in the Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals, including her solo show I’m Eating Peanut Butter In The Shower Because I’m Sad And You’re Not The Boss Of Me. She is a member of the Improv Theatre Sydney ensemble, and has performed in Soap Opera, Celebrity Theatresports and the Cranston Cup at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre. Alex can be seen onstage several nights a week at The Chaser’s Giant Dwarf Theatre, where she plays Dungeons and Dragons live on stage as the half-orc Philge in the hit comedy podcast Dragon Friends.

 

Five Minutes with Alex

Did you always want to be an Actor?

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a geologist because I thought it would be a great get rich quick scheme. Dig for gold, pocket it, cut out the middle man. I was a very shy child, but I loved performing in front of an audience.  I discovered pretty early on that performing was a great way to outsource your own self esteem.

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists?

I think the most important qualities any creative person can have are experience and empathy. Don’t just stay in your bubble with people who are just like you.  Get out there and be a person in the world. Recognise the inherent privilege that comes with being a person who is able to make a living as an artist, and try to tell the stories of the people who aren’t as lucky as you.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love karaoke, bushwalking, fishing, playing tennis and playing with my friend’s babies. But 90% of my free time is actually spent watching Food Network with my partner on our couch. Lovely couch.

Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there?

I was lucky enough to go to Kiribati when I was a reporter to do a story on climate change and how it is affecting the tiny island nation. Their whole existence is threatened by rising sea levels, but the people that I met were fiercely proud of their culture and history and so determined to fight for their survival.

What is your dream destination to travel to?

Sri Lanka. The incredible cuisine, the history, and the amazing diverse landscape. It sounds like the ultimate adventure.

If you were in an alternate universe and could be any animal, what animal do you imagine you’d be?

I think I would be a quokka. Like quokkas I am happy, friendly, love selfies and am extremely vulnerable to natural predators.

06.02.17

Meet Courtney Stewart – Mei in Single Asian Female

Photography by Dylan Evans

“Maybe [I would be] a Python because I think it's pretty cool how their organs are staggered through their body” Courtney Stewart

A bit about Courtney Stewart

Courtney is an Actor, Dancer, Singer, Director and Teaching Artist and plays the character Mei in Single Asian Female. She currently features in Jay’s Jungle for Channel 7 with Ambience Entertainment. In 2016, she was part of the creative developments for new Australian works; Single Asian Female for La Boite Theatre Company, and Soi Cowboy for Brisbane Powerhouse. Courtney performed as one the Witches in Queensland Theatre’s 2014 production of Macbeth, directed by Michael Attenborough CBE. She has also spent over 7 years touring Australia and South Korea appearing in The Tashi Stories for Imaginary Theatre, Three Endangered Animals for Artslink and Twelve Singing Animals for LATT Children’s Theatre Company. Courtney was the Assistant Performance Director for the City of Sydney 2016 Chinese New Year Lunar Lantern Festival.

As a dedicated Teaching Artist, Courtney currently works with Sydney Theatre Company, NIDA and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, specializing in producing and facilitating creative, EdTech and special access workshops in the areas of drama, film-making, editing, music, coding, robots for space exploration and physical computing.

Later this year she will work as Assistant Director on Sydney Theatre Company’s Australian Graffiti with Director, Paige Rattray. Courtney is a proud member of MEAA and the Equity Diversity Committee.

 

Five minutes with Courtney

Did you always want to be an Actor?
When I was in Primary School, I really wanted to work at Baker’s Delight because I thought putting pastries in the brown paper bags with tongs looked really fun. Then I wanted to be a Ballerina, but then changed my mind and wanted to be a commercial dancer instead. I decided I wanted to be an Actor in Year 10, because of my Drama Teacher (Michelle Crouch), who helped me find my passion for story telling ~ she’s amazing!

Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists?
Build a life around you that you love and that fulfils you. All of the extra-curricular activities you love, keep them. They only serve to enrich your life and your work. Create and maintain meaningful relationships. Be prepared for people to say “NO” to you – all the time, and find other ways to get to “YES”. Don’t ever let other people impose their own limitations on you. Go and get your dreams.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I really love reading (I’ve got three books on the go at the moment: Letters from Burma, The Brother/Sister Plays and The Martian!), I love listening and singing to soul and disco music, and I spend most weekends snorkelling, or hiking through the national parks of Sydney.

Favourite country you’ve travelled to and why did you choose to go there?
One of my favourite trips was to visit Jamaica, because I love being outdoors and in the ocean. I also really wanted to try genuine Ital food.

What is your dream destination to travel to?
I would really like to go to Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic. After reading “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz I became really interested in the history and landscape of this country.

If you were in an alternate universe and could be any animal, what animal do you imagine you’d be?
Maybe a Python because I think it’s pretty cool how their organs are staggered through their body, which I think is an awesome evolutionary trait!

01.02.17

Behind the scenes rehearsal photography

Images by Dylan Evans

27.01.17

Set Design Inspiration by Moe Assaad

“Creating the scenography for this play was both a rewarding and challenging experience at the same time.” Moe Assaad

Set in the sunshine coast, the challenge was to transform an ordinary house into one that is home for a Chinese restaurant and portrays the distinctive identities of women two generations apart. To do so, I combined the scenography of three sets into a two-story house: a restaurant in the lower level and two rooms in the upper level. The color scheme and elements used in each room set them apart corresponding to the identity of women the rooms belongs to. To give this realistic comedy a theatrical glare and to fit a thrust set into a round theatre, I envisioned a section plane system where I cut through the house planes so the audience can peer inside the rooms. I then removed the walls in between rooms so the set is visible to the audience from every angle. This also helps the characters move freely between rooms and levels with lighting projected on the room where the characters are in-dialogue or motion. Overall the set is transformed into a vibrant space giving a theatrical element to this realistic comedy.

Single Asian Female Set Designer, Moe Assaad

14.01.17 Tagged: 

Scenestr chat with Director, Claire Christian

“It’s a comedy because the six characters are funny human beings.” Claire Christian

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10.01.17

Michelle Law tells you what you can expect

Video by optikal bloc

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Proud to be a part of BrisAsia Festival

BrisAsia Festival
27 January – 19 February 2017
Various locations throughout Brisbane

BrisAsia Festival is an annual festival that showcases contemporary traditional Asian arts and cultural evens, programs and initiatives as well as provides professional and sector development opportunities for Brisbane-based creatives with a strong interest in the Asia region and whose creative practice is reflective of this.

http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/brisasiafestival

Image: Museum of Brisbane – Ink Remix – Yao Jui-chung, Yao’s Journey to Australia, 2015, biro, oil pen with gold leaf on Indian handmade paper.

10.12.16