“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