Melbourne Theatre Company and Contemporary Asian Australian Performance are partnering to present Longhouse: Melbourne, an evening of conversation about diversity and representation on stage and screen on Thursday 4 October at Southbank Theatre, The Lawler.

Four of Melbourne’s most dynamic storytellers, Kim Ho (Mirror’s Edge), Michele Lee (Going Down), Natesha Somasundaram (MTC NEXT STAGE Writer-in-Residence) and Jean Tong (Hungry Ghosts) will join a panel discussion facilitated by Ra Chapman (MTC/CAAP Directors Initiative participant), together sharing their experiences as Asian-Australian writers in Victoria.

MTC Artistic Director Brett Sheehy said ‘We are proud to host this important event, furthering our relationship with CAAP and opening up discussions about diversity and representation with some of Melbourne’s most talented young theatre-makers. Through this forum we continue our commitment to fostering meaningful change that will have a long-lasting, positive impact for MTC, and in turn the whole industry.’

CAAP Executive Director Annette Shun-Wah said ‘It makes perfect sense that our first Longhouse in Melbourne is hosted by MTC, with whom we’ve developed a strong partnership over the past couple of years with high-level acting workshops and the CAAP Directors Initiative, helping to train Asian-Australian actors and directors for the main stage. Through Longhouse, the wider artist community can gather to share, learn and collaborate on important conversations around cultural diversity in Australian theatre.’

CAAP’s Longhouse is a networking and information sharing program that has cultivated a solid and thriving Asian-Australian performance community in NSW since 2015. This will be the first presentation of Longhouse in Victoria.

The panel discussion, including audio of questions and comments from the audience, will be live-streamed on the CAAP Facebook page.

Date & Time
Thursday 4 October, 6pm

Southbank Theatre, The Lawler

03 8688 0800