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2-arrivalReviews

Chinese Take Away – STAGEPLAY
‘Anna Yen’s extraordinarily touching one woman show, I can’t begin to say how much this show moved me. The family secrets and skeletons came tumbling out of the closet right on stage, and Yen’s naked honesty has the delicate tremor of a multicoloured butterfly.’ – Time Off

‘I felt honoured by the generosity, humour and courage of Yen’s performance. In many ways ‘Chinese Take Away’ staged the poetics of remembering…’ – RealTime

‘Anna Yen distinguishes herself as a magnetic performer skilled in creating drama and comedy as she deftly negotiates a complex and multidimensional narrative… It is a truly beautiful piece which is fun, funny and tragic. It is a piece that undermines the basis of racism in Australian society and which provides an insight into Chinese tradition and culture.’ – Semper

 

Chinese Take Away – FILM
‘Piercing and rich storytelling from Anna Yen, a first generation Chinese Australian, who performs parts of the lives of herself, her mother and her grandmother in an exploration of where she comes from and what it means. Through this one-woman staged narration, it is apparent this personalised history is beyond the personal impact for Yen. It is a contribution to a deeper understanding of a female migrant’s life. Rife with drama, peculiar and intricate, it’s a unique way to share a courageous journey.’ – West Australian

‘From the opening verse and haunting music, we know we’re in for a melancholy journey. ‘Why do we need stories? Is it so we can understand our own lives better?’ Yen obviously thinks so and her stories are told beautifully and poetically with her assuming the roles of the main players as they wend their way from China to Hong Kong to Australia…Combining performance with archival footage, it is a moving memoir of one family, but its quest to discover how the past influences the present will resonate with many more’. – Sydney Morning Herald

‘Mitzi Goldman directed the moving and visually stimulating piece of Yen’s stories about her mother and grandmother, women who had their choices taken away in their youth about who and what they wanted to be. Yen plays various roles including the two women as well as her father, and it’s certainly a powerhouse performance’. – Courier Mail