Slow Boat (Brisbane Festival) [Brisbane]
Slow Boat (Brisbane Festival) [Brisbane]

Event Information


Thursday September 8, 2022
7:30 PM


Brisbane Powerhouse
119 Lamington Street
New Farm, QLD 4005

Auslan Interpreter/s

Isabelle Haigh & Alyssa Haigh

Language/ Cultural Consultant

Kim-Ann Lyons


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Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse <Link to > and Playlab Theatre <link to>

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

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 Boatis 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.

Image by Justine Walpole and Sean Dowling.

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