Alice Pung’s award-winning novel Laurinda involves Melbourne Theatre Firm’s stage, premiering on Thursday 11 August at Southbank Theatre.
Tailored by author and comic Diana Nguyen (Phi and Me) and director Petra Kalive (The Lifespan of a Truth), this MTC NEXT STAGE fee is an incisive, witty comedy a couple of lady caught between cultures and sophistication.
That includes an distinctive ensemble forged, this contemporary new work stars Fiona Choi (The Household Regulation), Gemma Chua-Tran (ABC’s Mustangs FC), Georgina Naidu (Minnie & Liraz), Chi Nguyen (The Wilds), Ngoc Phan (Boy Swallows Universe), Roy Phung (Jasper Jones) and Jenny Zhou (Lady, Interpreted).
Author Diana Nguyen mentioned of adapting the novel for stage,
I’m excited to convey Alice Pung’s novel Laurinda to the mainstage in Melbourne. In 2008, I wrote my quick story “5 Methods to Disappoint Your Vietnamese Mom” in Alice’s anthology Rising Up Asian in Australia, and it looks like a full-circle second in 2022 to have tailored her guide Laurinda in collaboration with Petra Kalive.
The time is now to listen to laughter, to really feel the trials of this story, and to expertise the enjoyment of Lucy Lam, a Vietnamese Australian teenager rising up in Melbourne, Australia.
Director and author Petra Kalive:
It has been such a pleasure engaged on this play with Diana. Alice’s novel is so wealthy and reimagining this story for a complete new era feels actually thrilling.
‘I can’t await audiences to see the unbelievable ensemble of actors that we now have gathered. Seven actors, taking part in 18 roles talking Vietnamese and English. It is a multi-lingual grownup coming of age story –Lucy has quite a bit to study from her 15-year-old self once we meet her at 35.’
Concerning the Play: When 15-year-old Lucy Lam wins the inaugural Equal Entry Scholarship to a prestigious personal faculty, the good and well-liked scholar isn’t ready for the brand new world she’s abruptly propelled into. It’s a world of wealth and alternative, overseen by The Cupboard – a trio of ladies who wield energy over their classmates, and even their lecturers. However when The Cupboard flip their consideration to Lucy she has to choose: slot in and succeed, or keep true to herself. Both method, there’s a price.
She has additionally labored for Sydney Theatre Firm, Area Theatre Firm, Full Works Theatre Firm, St Martins Youth Arts Centre, Monash College Centre for Theatre and Efficiency, La Trobe Performing Arts Division and the Victorian Faculty of the Arts. Impartial directorial credit embody: Taxithi (45 downstairs – Inexperienced Room Award-nominated Finest Director); Oil Infants, which she additionally wrote (Lab Kelpie – shortlisted for the NSW Premier Literary Awards); and My Good Profession, a musical adaptation by Dean Bryant and Matthew Frank of the Miles Franklin novel (Monash College). Petra was Inventive Director of Union Home Theatre from 2014 – 2019.
Since graduating Monash College majoring in Drama and Theatres in 2005, Diana Nguyen’s profession has advanced into that of being an actor, author, comic and producer, and in 2021 she was awarded the Total Prime 40 Below 40 Asian Australian Management Award. Her writing credit embody her comedy standup exhibits, ‘5 Methods to Disappoint Your Vietnamese Mom’ within the anthology Rising Up Asian in Australia edited by Alice Pung, and the award-winning net sequence Phi and Me, which gained a Finest Worldwide Narrative accolade at New Zealand Internet Fest. Subsequent to this, the upcoming TV sequence Phi and Me (Northern Footage) is presently in growth with Display screen Australia.
Diana has additionally appeared on Q+A (ABC), The Challenge (Community 10) and featured in appearing roles embody the award-winning function of Kim Huong in Phi and Me (Sicily Internet Fest); Tunnel Rat (Malthouse Theatre); Viet Kieu (Melbourne Fringe); Keep Married (Community 10) and extra. Diana is obsessed with improvisation and participates with the Melbourne ensemble corporations the Humour Basis and Melbourne Playback Theatre Firm. You may hearken to Diana on a comedy interview podcast The SnortCast.
Venue: Southbank Theatre
Date: 6 Aug– 10 Sep 2022
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