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23 February 2017

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Excerpts of works-in-development from four playwrights.



Mirror’s Edge
by Kim Ho

Chinese tourists revive a dying Mallee town, drawn to an impossible lake at the edge of everything.


The Moon was a Telephone into which I was Screaming
by Jeremy Nguyen and Alan Nguyen

Dealing with the grief of a dead father is one thing; dealing with him being back, and completely alive, is quite another.


Mermaid Terrorist
by Chi Vu

This little mermaid is angry. Handsome princes lie. An ocean of trouble ensues.


Cybec Electric is only possible due to the support of Dr Roger Riordan AM and The Cybec Foundation.
MTC gratefully acknowledges the support of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA.
Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

Kim Ho

Kim Ho

Kim Ho is a Melbourne-based writer, performer and composer. His short film The Language of Love, produced by Australian Theatre for Young People, was screened at over thirty film festivals around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival. Kim was the 2013 recipient of the Besen Family Artist Programme, Writer’s Development at Malthouse Theatre, and in 2016 he co-coordinated the company’s Provocateur programme. A passionate advocate of empowering marginalised voices through art, he aims to increase the prevalence of culturally diverse Australian writing. Kim has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre Studies from the University of Melbourne.

Chi Vu

Chi Vu

Chi Vu is an award-winning writer and theatremaker who creates performances using genres such as the postcolonial gothic, horror, magic-realism and naturalism. Mermaid Terrorist is supported through Footscray Community Arts Centre’s company-in-residence program. Chi’s other plays include The Dead Twin, A Story of Soil and Vietnam: a Psychic Guide. Her bold installation-performance Banh Chung explores the legacy of war, migration and resettlement. Chi completed her Master in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. Her prose writing includes Anguli Ma: a Gothic Tale, shortlisted in a NSW Premier’s Literary Prize, and short stories published in Joyful Strains, Growing up Asian in Australia and The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.

Alan Nguyen

Alan Nguyen

Alan Nguyen is an award-winning writer and director working across film, theatre, television, animation and comics. In 2016, his film Firebird received awards at the Filmmakers World Festival and Canada Shorts, and screened at Madrid International Film Festival and Portland Film Festival. In the same year, he edited and wrote for Razorlegs Volume 2, an augmented reality comic illustrated by pioneer of augmented reality comics, Stuart Campbell (aka Sutu). He has previously had his work broadcast on ABC1 and was shortlisted for Cartoon Network’s Snaptoons Initiative. With his brother Jeremy, he is currently working on a miniseries for SBS television.

Jeremy Nguyen

Jeremy Nguyen

Jeremy Nguyen is a Melbourne-based writer. A recipient of a VONA International Fellowship that took him to San Francisco, his work has been performed at the Malthouse Theatre and featured on ABC Radio. He is working with his brother, Alan, on a television miniseries for SBS. He is a lecturer by day.

Artwork for Mark Zhuang Yi

Mark Zhuang Yi

Mark Zhuang Yi is a playwright, director, songwriter, actor, and poet working in both Chinese and English. He is also the Artistic Director of Hit Please Theatre Company. As a playwright and librettist, he has written plays The Villa, The Telekillers, and The Legend of Zhenhuan; Shanghainese opera, Deng Shichang and opera Lin Whei-Yin; dance theatre piece The Moon Opera; and musicals One Thousand Springs and Xidi’s Tooth Adventures. Most of these works have toured around China and were met with both critical and popular acclaim for fusing the verve of contemporary culture with the gravitas of classical literary tradition. Currently, he is one of the playwrights on the prestigious International New Writing Programme hosted by Royal Court Theatre. His works as a director have opened at prominent art festivals in Asia such as Wuzhen International Theatre Festival, Shanghai International Art Festival, and Taiwan Straits Theatre Festival. The Villa, written and directed by him, won Special Jury Prize at Wuzhen International Theatre Festival in 2014 and has since remained a highly popular play across mainland China and Taiwan. Mark is currently writing two feature films.

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Emina Ashman

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Jing-Xuan Chan

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Joseph Lai

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Georgina Naidu

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Ricardo Rusch

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Gareth Yuen