A new collaborative writing commission from the heart of Western Sydney

Australia is extraordinary in its diversity of cultures, however so little of that – our communities, histories, experiences, stories – is reflected on our stages, in our companies or in our audiences.  And often where diversity is reflected, it is often characterised through a Western lens and narrative.

5+5 (working title) is an exciting foray into experimental playwriting that Performing Lines is pursuing with five inspirational talents from Western Sydney.  Drawing on their individual stories, the writers will reflect on a common incident that profoundly impacts on communities in Western Sydney.

The selected writers are:

  • Maryam Azam, a Pakistani-Australian Muslim writer from Kellyville
  • Winnie Dunn, a Tongan-Australian writer from Mt Druitt
  • Shirley Le, a Vietnamese-Australian writer from Yagoona
  • Stephen Pham, a Vietnamese-Australian writer from Cabramatta
  • Peter Polites, a Greek-Australian writer from Bankstown

These five writers have been collaborating through their association with Sweatshop Western Sydney Literacy Movement. Their experience ranges from emerging to established. The writing of these artists resonates with an astute sense of place and connection, delving into the shared experiences of so many who are traversing the tensions and challenges of mixed cultural mores and behaviours with empathy, humour and uncompromising clarity of truth and impact.

Credits

Writers
  • Maryam Azam
  • Winnie Dunn
  • Shirley Le
  • Stephen Pham
  • Peter Polites
Project Leader
  • Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Produced by Performing Lines

Developed in partnership with Playwriting Australia

Information for Presenters

We are currently in script development for this project. We will be looking for presentation partners for late 2019 or early 2020.

Marion Potts Executive Producer
Zainab Syed Associate Producer

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

This project has been supported by Playwriting Australia through their Ignition Program, and assisted by the Australian Government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

Performing Lines acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work – the Gadigal in Sydney, the Whadjuk in Perth, & the Muwinina in Hobart – and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

We extend those respects to all First Nations peoples on whose lands we travel and perform.