Coloured Aliens

What happens when playful banter...leads to ironic teasing...leads to identity theft...?

COLOURED ALIENS is a new comedy about an interracial couple navigating their romance in the context of racism.

Mai Nguyen is an Asian-Australian playwright who soon discovers that ‘White Australia’ only wants her to write the ‘ethnic’ play. But that’s exactly the kind of story she can no longer tell. Her boyfriend Kevin O’Sullivan is a security guard (ex-spoken-word artist) who projects his own frustrated creativity onto her career. He gives Mai well-meaning, at times, pithy advice. Whilst Mai is away on a meditation retreat, Kevin decides to submit a pitch using her name. The fallout threatens both her career and their romantic partnership.

COLOURED ALIENS plays with audience expectations. You’ve heard of ‘Colour-blind’ casting, this production features ‘Colour-reverse’ casting in a post-racial comedy with a twist. COLOURED ALIENS intermixes space Aliens and refugees to explore how far have we come since Federation, when non-whites were labelled ‘Coloured Aliens’ in official Government documents.

Script by Chi Vu
Direction by Beng Oh
Performance by Annie Lumsden and John Marc Desengano
Designed by Eugyeene Teh
Lighting design by Matthew Barber
Sound design by Tom Backhaus
Stage management by Claire Shepherd

Part of the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Wed - Sat 6.30pm & 8.30pm | Sun 4.30pm & 6.30pm (approx. 75 minutes)
La Mama Theatre  205 Faraday St, Carlton


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