- they live among us
What happens when playful banter...leads to ironic teasing...leads to identity theft...?
COLOURED ALIENS intermixes space Aliens and refugees to explore how far have we come since Federation, when non-whites were labelled ‘Coloured Aliens’ in official Government documents. COLOURED ALIENS plays with audience expectations. You’ve heard of ‘Colour-blind’ casting, this production features ‘Colour-reverse’ casting in a post-racial comedy with a twist. In creating this project, writer Chi Vu and Director Beng Oh ask what is racial difference, and what can theatre tell us about it? Can debate about culture and ethnicity ever go beyond shallow preconceptions? And does this make everything NO FUN AT ALL?
Mai Nguyen is an Asian-Australian playwright who soon discovers that ‘White Australia’ only wants her to write the ‘ethnic’ play. But that’s exactly the kind of story she can no longer tell. Her boyfriend Kevin O’Sullivan is a security guard (ex-spoken-word artist) who projects his own frustrated creativity onto her career. He gives Mai well-meaning, at times, pithy advice. Whilst Mai is away on a meditation retreat, Kevin decides to submit a pitch using her name. The fallout threatens both her career and their romantic partnership.
Chi Vu – Writer/Producer
Beng Oh – Director
Annie Lumsden – Actor
John Marc Desengano – Actor
Eugyeene Teh – Designer
Matthew Barber – Lighting designer
Tom Backhaus – Sound designer
Claire Shepherd – Stage manager
David Meagher – Videographer
Jave Lee – Photographer
THANK YOUS & SUPPORTERS
Patricia Cornelius, Jane Bodie, Jane Miller, Caitlin Dullard, Liz Jones and the team at La Mama, 15 Minutes from Anywhere, Steve Gome, Glenn van Oosterom, Troy Larkin, John Kachoyan, Stephen Carlton, Tim Roseman, Annette Shun Wah, Teik Kim Pok, Sopa Enari, Annie Bourke, Tom Dent, Kim Ko, Don Bridges, James Dwyer, Jamie Lewis, Yuhui Ng, Dan Koop, Metanoia Theatre, Nicole Beyer, Barbara Bolt, Megan McPherson, iDare conference VCA, Megan Williams, Shaun Larkin and Robyn Gawenda.
This play is supported by Creative Victoria, and was developed through the Lotus Playwriting Project, an initiative of Playwriting Australia and Contemporary Asian Australian Performance, supported by the Girgensohn Foundation.