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Playwriting Australia and Performance 4A, in partnership with Malthouse Theatre proudly present an exclusive showing of new plays by four Lotus writers in Melbourne.

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.

In June, we take up residence at Malthouse Theatre to showcase the work of emerging playwrights Hiroki Kobayashi, Lian LowJeremy Nguyen and Hoa Pham to Melbourne audiences.


Event details

Director: Felix Ching Ching Ho
Dramaturg: Mark Pritchard
Melbourne Salon Mentors: Damien Millar, Ross Mueller, Melissa Reeves, Jane Bodie
Cast: Ezekiel Day, Daniel Han, Sharon Karina and Ai Diem Le

Performance date/time: Friday 5 June, 6pm
Running time: Approx. 90 minutes
Tickets: FREE but bookings essential. RSVP to

Tower Theatre, Coopers Malthouse Theatre
113 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006
Getting here


Meet the writers

Hiroki Kobayashi is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and Theatre studies at The University of Melbourne. In the past he has devised and performed in productions at Melbourne University, created performance installations for Inca Roads Festival and Paradise Music Festival and has produced and presented arts based programming for SYN FM. He has also undertaken a communications internship with TimeLine Theatre Company in the US and worked as a development assistant at Malthouse Theatre. 

Lian Low  is a writer, editor and spoken word artist.  Lian is currently Editor-at-Large with Asian-Australian arts and culture magazine Peril, previously Editor-in-Chief (2010-2014) and Prose Editor (2009-2014). Publication credits include articles in When Our Children Come Out: How to Support Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Young People (Finch Publishing, 2005), Growing Up Asian in Australia (Black Inc, 2008), ArtsHub, Kill Your Darlings and Chart Collective.  In 2013 and 2014 she was a festival artist at the Melaka Art and Performance Festival , the largest & only site specific art & performance festival on a UNESCO World Heritage site.  In March 2015, Lian collaborated on the performance text for the sold out premiere of Do you speak Chinese?  held at the Malthouse Theatre.

Jeremy Nguyen is a Melbourne-based writer. A recipient of a VONA/Voices International Fellowship that took him to San Francisco, and a two-time State finalist at the Australian Poetry Slam, his words have been featured on ABC Radio. He holds a PhD from the Australian National University and is a lecturer by day (and much of the night).

Hoa Pham is an author and playwright. Her next book Wave will be published by Spinifex Press in July. Her last book The Other Shore won the Vive la Novella prize. Her last play Silence was published by Currency Press and was on the VCE Drama list. She also founded Peril an online asian-australian magazine. You can see more of her work at

Photo (from left to right): Hoa Pham, Hiroki Kobayashi, Lian Low and Jeremy  Nguyen.


Lotus Melbourne was made possible by Arts Victoria’s VicArts Grants funding program.

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