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The Backstories

Contemporary Asian Australian Performance
William Yang and Annette Shun Wah

Past Event

World Premiere / Exclusive to Adelaide

  • About

    Two of Australia’s pre-eminent theatre-makers, William Yang and Annette Shun Wah explore the contemporary Asian–Australian experience through performance. Annette is a well-known screen presence, theatre director and writer, while William’s photo-journalism and autobiographical storytelling has become a unique performance form and kept him in demand by international arts festivals across the globe.

    Now, they are collaborating with three of Adelaide’s most intriguing Asian-Australian figures. Malaysian-born Cheong Liew moved to Adelaide in 1972 before becoming one of this country’s most influential chefs. Moya Dodd, born of a Chinese mother and Anglo-Australian father reached the pinnacle of elite sports in Australian women’s soccer before her appointment to the executive committee of FIFA. Leaving his kampung in Malacca, Razak Mohammed became one of Adelaide’s most flamboyant fashion designers and co-owner of the iconic Miss Gladys Sym Choon Emporium.

    Each storyteller performs two shows over six intimate evenings, treating us to a rare glimpse behind the public personas as they open their hearts and their private photo collections to share the experiences that shaped their lives.

    Post-Show Q&A

    The Self Behind the Selfie: A roundtable/conversation with William Yang, Annette Shun Wah, Helena Grehan and Edward Scheer

    Don't miss the free post-show Q&A on Saturday 11 March.

    When Where Guests
    Sat 11 Mar, 8pm Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre William Yang (director), Annette Shun Wah (director), Helena Grehan and Edward Scheer

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  • Credits

    Directors William Yang and Annette Shun Wah
    With Cheong Liew, Razak Mohammed and Moya Dodd

    Image (1) Shane Reid (2) Cheong Liew (back, far right) and family. Courtesy of Cheong Liew Family Archive

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    Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy preview The Backstories

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