Longhouse: Melbourne

Thursday 28 July, 5.30pm

MTC HQ, Rehearsal Room 2

Free event

Join Melbourne Theatre Company and Contemporary Asian Australian Performance for a free panel discussion featuring cast and creatives from Laurinda.

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Join us inside the Laurinda rehearsal room to be a part of a conversation with Melbourne Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Anne-Louise Sarks and some of the extraordinary team behind the adaptation of Alice Pung’s much loved and lauded novel. Alice Qin will lead the discussion between playwright Diana Nguyen, director Petra Kalive, designer Eugyeene Teh and actor Fiona Choi, alongside Anne-Louise.

Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP)’s Longhouse program aims to forge a strong community of artists interested in exploring Asian Australian themes through performance.

Refreshments will be served in the rehearsal room after the panel. Space is limited, so booking early is recommended.



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Laurinda is commissioned with support from the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, with play development supported by MTC’s Playwrights Giving Circle Donors, The Ian Potter Foundation, Naomi Milgrom Foundation, The Myer Foundation and The University of Melbourne, and community engagement support by Playking Foundation. 

Artwork for Alice Qin

Alice Qin

Panel Moderator

Artwork for Diana Nguyen

Diana Nguyen


Diana Nguyen is an actor, comedian and writer. Diana has been in the entertainment industry for 15 years, and performed all over Australia and internationally in LA and Edinburgh.

Diana has performed on TV, film and theatre including devising over ten shows, including Dirty Diana and Naked (standup), Dirty Baby and Viet Kieu (theatre). She has also appeared on TV: The Project (Ch10), Q+A (ABC), How to Stay Married (Ch10), 5 bedrooms (Ch10), Fancy Boy (ABC) and Fat Pizza (Ch7).

In 2008, Diana's popular short story Five Ways to Disappoint Your Vietnamese Mother was published in Alice Pung's book Growing up Asian in Australia. This started her need to share her story of growing up in Springvale and lead to the creation of the theatre show, Phi and Me.

She is the co-creator of Phi and Me, the first ever Vietnamese Australian family comedy series which was first performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2011, sharing the love of a refugee mother's love for her child living in Australia.

In 2019 Phi and Me became the first ever Vietnamese Australian family comedy web series which was funded by Screen Australia and crowd funders from around the world.

Petra Kalive

Petra Kalive



Eugyeene Teh



Fiona Choi


Anne-Louise Sarks

Anne-Louise Sarks

MTC Artistic Director & Co-CEO