When there is love, money comes in easily – The Cross cultural Counsellor raised $1000!

A very satisfying effort indeed. The cross-cultural counsellor, the ACT’s first ChinDian performance raised a $1000 over three little shows for Prasad Australia. The skit can be the beginning of a fully developed play and let us hope that the writer Graham Pitts will now be encouraged to do it. The ACT’s mission is to.. read more →

What is an intercultural theatre: the story of the ACT

When a word is so overused that it can have so many meanings, eventually it becomes meaningless. Take the word Multiculturalism. Or “Asian” as used in Australia. The word “multiculturalism” is bandied around in Australia very carelessly especially by politicians when they are trying to be politically correct. If we are not careful we can.. read more →

Happy Endings By Melissa Reeves

HAPPY ENDING BY MELISSA REEVES LAWLER STUDIO, MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY (September 2012) Review by Moni Lai Storz Happy Ending by Melissa Reeves is an intercultural play rarely found in Australia. It explores the relationship between an Anglo Australian woman in her forties and a young Chinese masseur. But this alone does make it intercultural. It.. read more →

Telling Tales: Invitation to Storytellers in the USA

I am extending my invitation (beyond Australia) to American story tellers to join us in sharing your stories that are intercultural, that is, Chinese American. You may wonder why am I inviting our American friends to share your stories. While doing research in intercultural or cross cultural theatre with a focus on Chinese theatre making,.. read more →

Short Intercultural Stories, Snips & Snaps of Australian Chinese Experiences of Each Other

Hi Moni, “I had my childhood friend over to my place for dinner when I was 12 years old. My dear Mum kept on pouring food on her plate while all my family were in normal loud conversation. Afterwards she innocently asked me if “were you having a fight?” No, I said “that is how.. read more →

Our Man In Beijing, Intercultural Play, by Moni Lai Storz, goes to Asia 2013 : COME JOIN IN THE ACT

As performing artists and any other artists for that matter, we seem to get punished for doing the ‘job’ we love. How is that so? Well, we seem to be poor for a start. Poor only because we spend the best years of our lives creating our masterpieces. So as time is money, we miss.. read more →

Last Show Our Man in Beijing in La Mama – The Author has the Last Word

Last night was our last show at La Mama and needless to say it was the best ever. A full house, actors well versed in every line, every gesture and in sync with each other. The crew was smooth, slid in and out of the stage changing props. As author I am amazed anew, like.. read more →

Yue Liang Dai Bao Wo De Xin sung by Diana Nguyen

This song is probably the most famous of all tunes in Asia. It is like a national anthem that bonds Chinese everywhere. It is the signature tune of the Chinese diaspora. In Our Man in Beijing, Diana Nguyen sang it with a Vietnamese accent accompanied by Phil Trainer. There was not one Chinese person in.. read more →

Our man In Beijing has a SOLD OUT SEASON at La Mama!

An awesome sell out…cast and crew were superb front and behind curtains. The rehearsals were hilarious as the new leading lady Diana Nyugen is a comdian, famous for her Phi and Me act in Melbourne. Peter Muir who was the leading man in last year’s production had to be flown in from sunny Queensland, straight.. read more →