lotus brisbane: new play readings

lotus brisbane: new play readings

Playwriting Australia in partnership with La Boite Theatre, Playlab and Performance 4A presents an exclusive showing of new plays by four talented writers from our Lotus Brisbane Salon.

Playwriting Australia invites you to a unique showcase of four fresh, raw and contemporary new plays by writers selected from the Lotus Salon, a high calibre training and mentoring program for Asian-Australian artists with an interest in writing for theatre.

The Lotus Asian Australian Playwriting Project aims to develop a new generation of Asian-Australian writing for the stage to ensure that extraordinary new voices and stories from these communities become part of the Australian theatre canon. In an ambitious partnership with Performance 4A, we’ve nurtured more than twenty emerging playwrights in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne since the project began last year.

In 2015, we invite four of the most promising young writers in each city for a special presentation of their new works-in-progress. Join us in Brisbane for one evening only featuring new plays by Shari Indriani, Michelle Law, Silvan Rus and Merlynn Tong.

Director: Kate Wild
Dramaturg: Glyn Roberts
Cast: Ngoc Phan, Mark Sheppard, Ron Seeto and Hsiao-Ling Tang

Brisbane Salon Mentors: Stephen Carleton, Kathryn Kelly, Katherine Lyall-Watson and Maxine Mellor.

Event details

Performance date/time: Wednesday 22 April, 5pm
Running time: Approx. 90 minutes
Tickets: FREE but bookings essential. Please RSVP to lotus@pwa.org.au or call 02 8274 0904

Queensland Academy-Creative Industries: Theatrette
61 Musk Ave, 
Kelvin Grove Village QLD 4059
Getting here


Meet the writers

Shari Indriani is an Indonesian-Australian writer and artist. Her short plays have received professional public readings; Lola’s Gift (Playlab and La Boite Theatre Company), and The Knot (Queensland Theatre Company and Brisbane Writers Festival). Her plays for children include the adaptation of Aesop’s fable The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse (Woodford Folk Festival) and most recently Doors (Backbone Youth Arts).  She is currently writing her first picture book, Trickle. Shari graduated with BA in Literary Studies from the University of Queensland and a BA in Drama from Queensland University of Technology.

Michelle Law is a freelance writer based in Brisbane. Her work has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Life, Frankie magazine, Griffith REVIEW and The Lifted Brow, and her essays have been published in the anthologies Women of Letters, Destroying the Joint, Women in Clothes and Growing up Asian in Australia. More recently, she co-authored the comedy book Sh*t Asian Mothers Say. Michelle is an Australian Writers Guild AWGIE award-winning screenwriter whose short film Bloomers screened at LA Shortsfest. The documentary she wrote, Suicide and Me, screened on ABC2 as part of the Mental As mental health campaign.

Silvan Rus grew up in the public housing of Sydney only to find his artistic home in Brisbane working with the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble as an actor and musician. He is of Chinese, Russian and Italian descent and has appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mary Stuart, The Bomb-itty of Errors (Del Artè Chart Nomination), The Tempest, QSE Shorts: Instant Romeo & Juliet and The Half Hour Hamlet. After finding his verse as an actor with QSE and song-writing, he now writes sonnets of which feature in his blog, talesofapoorplayer.wordpress.com. Carpe Noctem or The King of Spades is his first play.

Merlynn Tong is an actor, writer and theatre maker. As an actor, she has performed across various venues including QPAC, MetroArts and Judith Wright Centre. She wrote and performed in the one-woman-show Ma Ma Ma Mad– a dark comedy and physical theatre piece based on the true story of Merlynn’s mother’s suicide. In 2015, Merlynn is developing her new show Blue Bones that is based on her experience of domestic violence. Merlynn hails from Singapore and had an alternate life in the sunny island wearing sharp suits to work as an Advertising Executive. She has since fallen in love with Australia and now calls Brisbane home.


Lotus Brisbane was made possible by Brisbane City Council’s 2014 Creative Sparks Program

Brisbane City  Council creative-sparks


Project partners
Lotus Brisbane Partners

Photo: from left to right, Michelle Law, Shari Indriani, Merlynn Tong and Silvan Rus.

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