In the Kingdom of 茶 (Chá)

14 February — 15 February 2014

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A rogue nineteenth century Scottish trader steals tea plants from China to start an empire in India. His dissolute grandson tries to hold together his failing tea fiefdom as post-colonial India tears itself apart. A young Indian woman comes to grips with a contemporary India in which crops are failing, the earth is exhausted and all roads lead to working in a mega-city. Three interconnected stories of the dirty deals, incendiary power and human hands that give us our daily tea bag.

Artwork for Rodney Afif

Rodney Afif

Artwork for Menik Gooneratne

Menik Gooneratne

Artwork for Paul Ireland

Paul Ireland

Simon Maiden

Simon Maiden

Artwork for Rani Pramesti

Rani Pramesti

Artwork for Raj Sidhu

Raj Sidhu

Artwork for Leah Vandenberg

Leah Vandenberg

Petra Kalive

Petra Kalive

Sue Smith

Sue Smith

Sue Smith is one of Australia’s finest television writers. In a career spanning thirty years she has written everything from The Young Doctors and Sons and Daughters to The Leaving of Liverpool and Brides of Christ (both co-written with John Alsop). She won an AWGIE in 1994 for The Road from Coorain. Her work also includes the television series R.A.N Remote Area Nurse, My Brother Jack, Fallen Angels and The Cooks; and the feature film Peaches. Her first stage play, Thrall, had a sell-out season at the Old Fitzroy Hotel (Sydney) in 2006. In 2012 Smith was honoured with an AWGIE Award, and a QLD Literary Award for Mabo.