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Playwrights Lab demonstrates CAAP's ongoing commitment to Asian Australian Playwrights and creating pathways to Australian mainstage theatres.

Delivered in collaboration with La Boite Theatre, a leader in new Australian work, this day-long program convenes playwrights with artistic leaders, industry experts and established writers. Through facilitated discussion, practical workshops and peer to peer introductions, participants will gain invaluable insights into the programming and commissioning processes, all while forging connections and refining their craft.

At the core of Playwrights Lab is CAAP’s mission to address the underrepresentation of Asian Australian voices on stages. CAAP’s previous playwriting program LOTUS, delivered with Playwriting Australia (now Australian Plays Transform) supported over 70 writers, leaving an indelible mark on the national cultural landscape.

An honorarium will be paid to each of the successful participants.


We are currently seeking expressions of interest from early to mid-career Asian Australian playwrights based in Meanjin to join this program. This year's initiative is led by CAAP Artistic Director, Tessa Leong, and La Boite’s CEO and Artistic Director, Courtney Stewart. The day-long program will include opportunities for participants to connect with industry leaders and a masterclass with an established playwright, offering insights into the commissioning and programming cycle at La Boite.

Who is Eligible

• Early to mid-career Asian Australian playwrights of any age who have written a short or full length play. It does not need to have been performed.
• Writers must live and work in QLD at the time of application.

Not from QLD? Watch this space for more announcements to come. 

How to Apply


Applications close Midday AEST, Mon 13 May 2024

Applications will be assessed by the team at CAAP and La Boite. Unfortunately we are not able to offer individual feedback on unsuccessful applications. 

Any questions about the application process or access needs, please contact
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Playwrights Lab x Meanjin is presented partnership with La Boite Theatre Brisbane, generously supported by Constellation Creatives Foundation.

CAAP is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, and assisted by the Australian Government through the Creative Australia, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Contemporary Asian Australian Performance and Arts on Tour share a common goal: to enrich our regional stages with diverse stories and artists, engaging audiences, and communities alike. The Engage! Report and Toolkit, a collaboration between CAAP and AOT, distills insights from the 2022 Double Delicious tour into practical steps for touring presenters and venues across Australia.

Drawing from community engagement activities at The Art House Wyong, Bunjil Place, Merrigong Theatre Company and Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, these resources explore everything from effective community engagement strategies to making foyers more welcoming. Dive into the 'Engage! Report' for real-world case studies and insights from our findings, then explore the 'Engage! Toolkit' for practical steps further reading to inspire continued action.

This initiative represents a significant shift towards meaningful connections with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse* communities and beyond. It's more than just filling seats—it's about creating lasting connections and welcoming spaces for all! Join us in making the performing arts landscape more inclusive and vibrant for everyone.

Download the Engage! Report Here
Download the Engage! Toolkit Here


DEVELOPED BY Contemporary Asian Australian Performance and Arts on Tour
SUPPORTED BY Creative Australia through the Re-Imagine Sector Recovery Fund
WRITTEN BY Phillip Mar, Haneen Mahmood Martin and Sandi Woo

*Yes, we know this term is complicated - read the report for more!

Image: Louise Purvis 


“The story that’s haunted me and that I keep coming back to is much closer to home.” - Jane Hutcheon

Throughout her adventurous journalism career, one story has intrigued Jane Hutcheon more than any other: the story of her mother Beatrice’s turbulent childhood in pre-Communist Shanghai. It’s the tale of an ordinary Eurasian family in extraordinary times, set against a backdrop of fading colonial opulence and looming war.

After visiting Shanghai in 2018, Jane began to search for the truth of her mother’s difficult beginnings. Lost in Shanghai is her family’s story of survival. Beatrice becomes a journalist at the South China Morning Post in the 1950’s, perhaps setting a precedent for her daughter. Using projected images from the family archive curated by renowned photographer William Yang and music composed and performed by Dr Terumi Narushima, Jane narrates the moving story of Lost in Shanghai in her own words.

Co-Directed by William Yang and Tasnim Hossain, Lost in Shanghai adds to the rich collection of theatrical storytelling works from Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP), such as Double Delicious, The Backstories, In Between Two, Who Speaks for Me and Stories Then and Now.

"A tantalising insight into the breadth and bravery she displayed across her career."
- The Sydney Morning Herald

“I challenge anyone not to be moved by this beautiful and moving tribute.”
- Theatre Travels

“Lost in Shanghai is a very moving night at the theatre...It is storytelling at its best...”
- Glam Adelaide

Key Creatives 

Writer/Performer Jane Hutcheon
Co-Director William Yang
Co-Director/Dramaturg Tasnim Hossain
Composer/Musician Terumi Narushima
Lighting Designer Susan Grey Gardner 
Stage Manager Jen Jackson
Production Manager Sam Read
Tour Manager Michelle St Anne 
Tour Partner: Arts on Tour

Tickets and Performances 

The Concourse presented by Willoughby City Council
Fri 16 Feb, 7PM

Darwin Entertaiment Centre
Fri 23 Feb,10:30AM & 7:30PM
Sat 24 Feb, 7:30PM

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre
Tue 27 Feb, 8PM

Orange Civic Theatre
Thu 29 Feb, 8PM

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre: City Hall
Fri 1 Mar, 8PM

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
Tue 5 Mar, 7:30PM

Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool
Thu 7 Mar, 7:30PM

Bunjil Pace
Sat 9 Mar, 7:30PM

Burnie Arts Centre
Wed 13 Mar, 7:30PM

Theatre Royal, Hobart
Fri 15 Mar, 7:30PM
Sat 16 Mar 2PM & 7:30PM





Forging Connections in Intercultural Practice

The West Australian theatre industry is witnessing a surging demand for diverse voices and stories. During this time of change, how can we best nurture and cultivate these stories, weaving the vibrant tapestry of diverse communities into our narratives? What support systems must be forged to ensure these artists receive not just the attention and opportunity but resources to go with it?

Join Encounter and Contemporary Asian Australian Performance at The Blue Room Theatre for an invigorating artist-led discussion, that delves deep into the significance of robust support systems and the art of intercultural storytelling. Come along to assess the essential components, available resources, and further development required to ensure the sector’s future resilience
with us.

The conversation will feature panelists Laura Liu, Min Zhu, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa and Jay Emmanuel.

Join us afterwards, for drinks and nibbles in true Longhouse style!

Date: 28 November 
Time: 6pm 
Location: The Blue Room Theatre


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