Currently playing at Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf 2 Theatre, Australian Graffiti by Disapol Savetsila is an investigation of the migrant experience from the inside out – a touching and humorous insight into identity and belonging – and the debut of a remarkable young Australian writer.
A Thai family has uprooted its restaurant business one too many times. Being the only migrant household in a small country town turns out not to be a great idea. And when graffiti starts appearing, tensions quickly escalate. Should they go back to Sydney? Should they go back to Thailand? Or should they keep heading west?
After their brilliant turns in Chimerica, Gabrielle Chan and Monica Sayers return to Sydney Theatre Company (STC) as the powerful matriarchs of the family, with Kenneth Moraleda (Talk) and STC newcomers Mason Phoumirath and Srisacd Sacdpraseuth completing the family at the heart of this story. Joining them onstage are Airlie Dodds (The Bleeding Tree) and Peter Kowitz (Talk).
Developed by STC in partnership with Contemporary Asian Australian Performance and Playwriting Australia, Australian Graffiti is directed by Paige Rattray (Black is the New White), who has been part of the play’s evolution since its STC Rough Draft workshop in 2015.
Director: Paige Rattray Featuring: Gabrielle Chan, Airlie Dodds, Peter Kowitz, Kenneth Moraleda, Mason Phoumirath, Srisacd Sacdpraseuth, Monica Sayers Designer: David Fleischer Lighting Designer: Sian James-Holland Composer: Max Lyandvert Sound Designer: Michael Toisuta
Wharf 2 Theatre, Pier 4, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay (Sydney)
Season continues to 12 August 2017
Information and Bookings: www.sydneytheatre.com.au
Image: Australian Graffiti – photo by Lisa Tomasetti