International Forum | China's Theatre on a Global Path

Presented by Flying House Assembly and the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, USYD in association with the USU

China's burgeoning wealth is transforming the Western society in aspects beyond politics: education, culture, food, finance, environmental issues and so on. As more and more Chinese pursue education and employment overseas, the new generation of Chinese immigrants has gained a global mindset and understanding of democratic culture.

These young and passionate Chinese theatre makers are striving to create new narratives based on their individual experiences. Their works challenge conventional social criticisms and weighty burdens are often found in stories about contemporary China.

This August, as Sydney welcomes the Australian premiere of A DEAL by China’s leading female playwright Zhu Yi, Flying House Assembly presents the forum with the cast and creatives of A DEAL, scholars and international artists.

By taking a glimpse into the lives of a handful of individuals whose stories paint a portrait of a society in flux, we hope to create an open space for people to express dissenting opinions about contemporary China, global migration and theatre-making.

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Panel Guests

Ian Maxwell——Chair of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies the University of Sydney. Ian Maxwell is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts School of Drama, where he majored in Directing. Subsequent to that training, he embarked upon academic work at the University of Sydney, where he completed his PhD - an ethnography of Hip Hop culture in the suburbs of Sydney in the 1990s - in 1997.

Zhu Yi——Writer of A DEAL, a New York-based playwright and screenwriter, born and raised in Shanghai, China. MFA in playwriting, Columbia University. First Prize winner at 2015 World Sinophone Drama Competition, Shanghai Drama Valley’s 2015 Outstanding Playwright of the Year Award, a member of the Royal Court Theatre’s International Playwrights Programme.

Fabrizio Massini—— Performing arts producer, Curator and Dramaturg. Artistic Director at Ibsen International (Norway) where he curates and manages the Ibsen in China program. Guest lecturer at institutions including the Danish National School of Performing Arts, National Theatre Company of China, Shanghai Theatre Academy and others. Fabrizio collaborated with several European and Chinese organizations including Beijing Fringe Festival, Wuzhen Theatre Festival, Guangzhou Dance Festival, Odin Teatret (Denmark), Centrale Fies (Italy).


Venue: Wallace Lecture Theatre, The University of Sydney
Date: Tuesday, 20 August 2019
Door open: 17:00pm
Forum: 17:30-19:00pm