La Mama presents

Chi Vu Coloured Aliens

La Mama presents

Chi Vu Coloured Aliens

Coloured Aliens is a comedy-of-manners about an interracial couple navigating their romance in the context of racism in Australia.

Mai is an Asian-Australian playwright who soon discovers that ‘White Australia’ wants her to write the ‘ethnic’ play, but that’s exactly the kind of story she no longer wants to tell. Feeling trapped in a limited role in a ‘migrant-does-good' narrative, Mai escapes expectations (of other people and the theatrical form) by going on a silent meditation retreat. Her boyfriend Kevin is a security guard who projects his own frustrated creativity onto Mai’s career: he gives her well-meaning and at times pithy advice. In Mai’s absence, Kevin decides to submit a pitch using Mai’s name. The fallout threatens both her career and their romantic partnership.

Don’t miss this playful comedy of manners, written by Chi Vu and directed by Beng Oh.

Chi Vu is an award-winning writer and theatremaker whose work is described as highly original and engaging. She collaborates with diverse artists to create intercultural performances. Chi’s plays include The Dead Twin; Banh Chung installation-performance, A Story of Soil and Vietnam: a Psychic Guide. Two of these scripts have been published through Australian Plays. Chi’s prose writing includes Anguli Ma: a Gothic Tale, short listed for a NSW Premier’s Literary Prize, and short stories in ‘Joyful Strains’, ‘Growing up Asian in Australia’ and the prestigious ‘Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature’.

Beng Oh is a freelance Asian-Australian director who has staged a wide range of productions. He is co-artistic director of 15 Minutes from Anywhere and has directed plays by Franz Xaver Kroetz, John Patrick Shanley, Paula Vogel, Peter Handke, Heiner Müller, Frank Wedekind, Gertrude Stein and Christopher Marlowe, among many others. Beng has a commitment to diversity, contemporary work and queer theatre. Recently he has directed for Beta Fest: Theatre in Various States of Undress (Lonely Company) and the Lotus Readings for Playwriting Australia.  Notable productions include the Australian premieres of Tom Fool (aka Mensch Meier) by Franz Xaver Kroetz and George Tabori's farce Mein Kampf, as well as Green Room nominated productions of The Yellow Wave by Jane Miller and Porcelain by Chay Yew. He completed post-graduate directing at the Victorian College of the Arts and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.


Chi Vu – Writer/Producer

Beng Oh – Director

Annie Lumsden – Actor

John Marc Desengano – Actor

Eugyeene Teh – Designer

Tom Backhaus – Sound designer

Matthew Barber – Lighting designer

Claire Shepherd – Stage manager


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