lotus sydney: new play readings

lotus sydney: new play readings

Playwriting Australia and Performance 4A join forces with Australia’s finest literary event, Sydney Writers’ Festival, for an exclusive showing of new plays by four Lotus writers in Sydney.

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 emerging writers in each city for a special presentation of their new works-in-progress.

This month, we invite you to Parramatta Riverside Theatres for a special showcase of new works by emerging playwrights Adolfo Cruzado, Anne LauVernon Pua and Disapol Savetsila presented as part of Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Event details

Lotus New Stories in Bloom

Director: Darren Yap
Dramaturg: Polly Rowe
Sydney Salon Mentors: Hilary Bell, Angela Betzien, Kit Brookman, Tommy Murphy, Lachlan Philpott and Stevie Rodgers
Cast: Catherine Davies, Ivy Mak, Craig Meneaud and Bali Padda

Performance date/time: Saturday 23 May, 4pm
Running time: Approx. 90 minutes
Tickets: FREE but bookings essential. RSVP to lotus@pwa.org.au or call Riverside on 02 8839 3399

Parramatta Riverside Theatres – Lennox Theatre
Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Getting here


Meet the writers

Adolfo Cruzado is a Sydney based writer and media producer. He has written published poetry, academic essays and arts/screen production articles. He studied BA in History and Fine Arts at the University of Sydney, and was awarded the Noel Chettle Art Prize. Adolfo has directed plays for Belvoir St Downstairs, including ‘Fresh Off the Boat’, by David Henry Hwang. As an actor, he did a nation wide tour with Barry Humphries/Dame Edna and played ‘Brother Luke’ in the Cole Porter musical, ‘Anything Goes’. Adolfo is currently writing and developing theatre projects including a chamber musical, ‘Lust Sonata’, and a romantic comedy, ‘Keeping in Touch’. He holds a MA in media production from AFTRS.

Anne Lau recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Sydney University and followed her passion for theatre by enrolling into The Writers Studio at NIDA. Since then, she has reviewed theatre shows with Express Media and was Artist-in-Residence at Shopfront Contemporary Arts and Performance as part of their 2014 Civic Life program. Please connect with her on twitter @annethelau or check out her website www.annelau.com.

Vernon Johnny Pua studied playwriting at the Writer’s Studio (NIDA) and acting at The Actor’s Pulse. His short fiction has appeared in Washington Square Review (New York University). He was a finalist in the 2014 Gertrude Stein Fiction Award (John Hopkins University) and has won prizes at the University of Canberra National Short Story Competition and the University of Sydney Literature Competition. He read medicine at the University of Sydney and is a practising dermatologist.

Disapol Savetsila is a creative writing student at the University of Wollongong. He has been published in the Stringybark Anthology A Tick Tock Heart and Melaleuca Blue’s You’ll Eat Worse than That Before You Die. His theatre writing credits include Final Draft Project, Unwrap Me and Hothouse (Budding Theatre), and Wyong (Tantrum Theatre’s Hissyfest). In 2013, he was a winner of the Australian Theatre for Young People’s national monologue competition Where in the World and Stryingybark’s Future Times Award. Disapol has taken part in ATYP’s 2014 National Studio and was published in their anthology Between Us. 

Lotus Sydney was made possible by Australia Council’s 2014 In The Mix Program


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Photo: from left to right, Vernon Pua, Disapol Savetsila, Anne Lau and Adolfo Cruzado

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