19 Mar


I am delighted to announce that Slow Boat , an ensemble physical theatre new work based on the story of my father and about 580 Chinese men who were evacuated to Australia during World War 2 from Nauru, sent to Central Australia to mine, and then worked for the US Army in Bulimba, has been funded for a n initial Creative Development period.

The Creative Team is:

Writer / Co-Director  Anna Yen; Dramaturge / Co-Director Therese Collie; Designer Georgina Greenhill; Musical Director / Performer Nicholas Ng; Performers – Luke Ha, Joel Chia, Julian Wong and Harry Tseng.

This wonderful creative team came  together for two weeks of  devising  and creative development from March 30 – April 10, 2015. I am now writing a new draft of the script based on the discoveries of the creative development.

Luke Ha in  SLOW BOAT - creative development April 2015

Luke Ha in SLOW BOAT – creative development April 2015. Photo Suzon Fuks.

SLOW BOAT is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. 

SLOW BOAT is supported by BEMAC and Flipside Circus.

Slow Boat Creative Development April 2015. Photo Suzon Fuks

Slow Boat Creative Development April 2015. Photo Suzon Fuks

My huge grattude to all these organisations for their support in helping SLOW BOAT to set sail! Thank you also to the Bulimba Historical Association for their valuable support




3 thoughts on “SLOW BOAT

  1. We are seeking descendants of Chinese men who arrived in Australia in 1942, having been evacuated from Nauru or Ocean Island where they were working for the British Phosphate Commission. After arrival in Australia, the men were sent to Central Auatralia to mine wolfram , and then worked in Queensland for the U.S. armed forces, including at the Bulimba Barge Assembly Camp.
    If you are a descendant of any of these men, some of whom stayed on in Australia, could you please contact me, Anna Yen. I would love to hear more stories about these men’s experiences. My contact details are at the bottom of the page. Thanks, Anna.

  2. Hi Anna

    Do you remember us, Michael and Silvana from the old Culturebank in Brisbane? We are in Byron now, I saw you are producing slow boat, has it finished ?, we want to sub lease our amazing production space in Byron for a period while we go on tour,and I have been putting out to some grant recipients, we know how costly it can be to hire a space to produce in Brisbane, you would love our space , i have added the ad within this e-mail for you, we hope you are well, we still have many pics of you on slide film , one day we have to catch up and have a look, all the best for now, here the ad Anna

    Michael and Silvana

    • Hi Michael, I remember you well. Does your space have the capacity to rig circus aerial equipment. I am looking for a space to rehearse in, but it need to be able to safely rig 2 pieces of circus aerial gear, best wishes, Anna
      0417 623 886

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