Sydney Theatre Company Presents

Australian Graffiti

By Disapol Savetsila

Australian Graffiti

Australian Graffiti is the fourth LOTUS play to be produced in 2017.

It is the debut of a remarkable young Australian writer. Disapol Savetsila’s play is an investigation of the migrant experience from the inside out – a touching and humorous insight into identity and belonging. 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?

Lotus team dramaturgical conference

The Lotus Playwriting Project is one of our most successful professional development programs, initiated by Playwriting Australia in partnership with CAAP and generously supported by the Girgensohn Foundation.

More than 70 emerging writers have participated in the program, benefitting from high level training and mentorship from some of Australia’s most experienced playwrights.

Four Lotus writers – Katrina Irawati Graham, Shari Indriani, Ngoc Phan and Natesha Somasundaram - were featured at the 2016 National Play Festival, presenting performed readings of excerpts from their plays.  It was without a doubt one of the highlights of the Festival.

In 2017 no fewer than three Lotus plays will premiere on main stages, including Disapol Savetsila’s Australian Graffiti directed by Paige Rattray for Sydney Theatre Company.

Six writers have been invited to continue developing their plays in the next phase of the Lotus Playwriting Project.

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