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1—10 Sep

Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse and Playlab Theatre present

Slow Boat 緩舟

Slow Boat 緩舟

From wartime China to the Bulimba Dockyards, brotherhood and resilience is tested.

World Premiere

To celebrate victory in the Pacific at the end of World War II, six Chinese workers stage a theatre show at Brisbane’s Bulimba Dockyards. However, differing perspectives of critical events in their story threaten to derail this display of unity and become the one thing that could tear them apart.

The men weave an epic tale of brotherhood and resilience, charting their journey from poverty and war in rural China, through hard work on Nauru island, then a hasty escape from the Japanese to Australia, and all the challenges they overcome on the way.

Blending vaudeville, musical theatre, circus, Cantonese Opera and martial arts, Slow Boat is a play within a play, inspired by the unexpected arrival in Australia of playwright Anna Yen’s father, along with 580 other Chinese men, during WWII.

By Anna Yen

无论是在战火连天的中国,还是布林巴忙碌不断的港口,兄弟情谊和坚韧的精神都会受到时代考验。

六位契约华裔工人为了庆祝太平洋战争的胜利,将会在布里斯班的布林巴港口举行一场戏剧表演。

然而,兄弟们在回顾关键事情上产生意见分歧,这不但危及他们的团结精神 ,更可能导致感情破裂而扬长而去。

《缓舟》是一出剧中剧,揉合了杂耍、音乐剧、马戏、粤剧和武术。故事启发于编剧甄锦意的父亲及其580名华裔男子于二战时意外抵达澳洲的经历。

编剧: 甄锦意 


Price

$39 - $45 + Booking fee. Schools $29 + Booking fee (1 teacher free per 10 students)

Times

Matinee:
Wed 7 Sep, 11am

Evenings:
Tue-Fri: 7:30pm
Sat 3-Sun 4 Sep: 6pm
Sat 10 Sep: 7:30pm

Duration

2hrs, including interval

Where

Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse

Accessibility

Wheelchair access

Assistive listening systems available

Auslan interpreted events

Important Info

Multilingual Program (English, Cantonese and Mandarin) suitable for ages 13+

Warnings: contains low level coarse language, depictions of suicide, depictions of war, racial slurs, references to violence, haze/smoke effects, and loud sounds.

If you would like more details or context about the show warnings, please contact the Brisbane Powerhouse Box Office. If you or someone you know needs information or support, these organisations are here to help:

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Open Arms Veterans & Families Counselling: 1800 011 046
Q Life: 1800 184 527

Schools: access educational packs and schools ticketing here.

重要事项: 本剧使用多种语言演出 (英文、广东话以及普通话),适合13岁以上人士观看。

警告: 本剧含少量粗俗语言,提及暴力及自杀情节,以及使用烟雾和强烈音效

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119 Lamington St,
New Farm QLD 4005

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Slow Boat 緩舟

1—10 Sep

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Brisbane Festival expresses deep respect to and acknowledges the First People of this Country.