Joe Paradise Lui & Merlynn Tong

Joe Paradise Lui

Joe Paradise Lui is a submerging artist and undisputed winner of the 2013 Spirit of the Fringe award.  He has won no awards since. Joe Lui is a founding member of Renegade Productions. Within its aegis he creates experimental theatre and performance works. Joe Paradise Lui is also a freelance director, writer, and a sound and lighting designer. His most recent professional directing work was Unsung Heroes, with Black Swan State Theatre Centre. His most recent independent directing work was The Ugly and Salome Delta, presented at The Blue Room Theatre.

Merlynn Tong

Merlynn Tong is an actor and playwright. Some of her playwriting credits include Golden Blood (Griffin Theatre Company & Melbourne Theatre Company), Antigone (Queensland Theatre & Mercury Theatre Colchester) and Blue Bones (Playlab Theatre). She has had writing residencies/ commissions with Melbourne Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre and Queensland Theatre. Some of her recent performances include The Poison of Polygamy (La Boite Theatre & Sydney Theatre Company), Golden Blood (Griffin Theatre Company & Melbourne Theatre Company), Enlightenment (Elbow Room), White Pearl (Sydney Theatre Company & National Theatre of Parramatta), Nautilus (Disney) and Top of the Lake: China Girl (BBC & Sundance Films). Her one-woman-show Blue Bones (Playlab Theatre), which she also performed in, won 6 Matilda Awards. She is also the prize recipient of Screen Queensland’s Screen to Stage pitch, The First 10 Pages 2.0. In 2023. Her work Golden Blood has been short-listed for Victorian Premier Literary Award, NSW Premier’s Literary Award, as well as Sydney Theatre Award (Best New Australian Work).

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