The event will take place on 26 and 27 April at Goldsmiths College and Tara Arts

British East Asian theatre playwrights will come together at the Sight/Unseen Drama Conference in London.

The Sight/Unseen Drama Conference will come to London’s Goldsmith College on 26 and 27 April, in which British East Asian theatre playwrights engage in conversation.

The event celebrates plays from Southeast Asia and from the British East Asian community, providing an opportunity for those in the industry to meet.

Participants include:

Southeast Asian playwrights: Joned Suryatmoko (Indonesia), Alfian Sa’at (Singapore/Malaysia), Asa Palomera (Japan/Korea/USA), Ann Lee (Malaysia), and Chhon Sina (Cambodia).

British East Asian Playwrights: Yang-Mai Ooi, Daniel York Loh, Lucy Chai Lai-Tuen, Joel Tan, Amy Ng, Jeremy Tiang and Stephen Hoo.

Academics: Professor Mark d’Inverno (Goldsmiths, University of London), Dr Aleksandar Brkic (Goldsmiths, University of London), Danny Braverman (Goldsmiths, University of London), Aubrey Mellor (LASALLE), Dr Amanda Rogers (Swansea University), Dr Ashley Thorpe (Royal Holloway), Professor Matthew Cohen (Royal Holloway) and Dr Margaret Coldiron (East 15 Acting School, University of Essex).

Industry: Jatinder Verma (Tara Arts), Kumiko Mendl (Yellow Earth Theatre), Clarissa Widya (Papergang Theatre) Jonathan Meth (The Fence Network), Toby Gough (Producer), Ben Yeoh (Coney), Rani Moorthy (Rasa) Cheryl Robson (Aurora Metro Books).

Panels include: Challenging stereotypes, multiracial casting, Southeast Asian theatre, Questioning the idea of a British East Asian playwright, retelling old tales and collaboration.

Aurora Metro’s new anthology ‘British East Asian Plays’ will also be launched at the conference. The collection is a follow up to Aurora Metro’s ‘Southeast Asian Plays’ (2016), the first comprehensive collection of plays in English from the region.


Event: Sight/Unseen Drama Conference
Location: Goldsmiths, University of London day 1 New Cross London SE14 6NW
Date & time: 26 and 27 April – exact timings here
Price: £25.00 for both full days and the evening events. Tickets are available for students and other concessions at £15, also some free tickets for the booklaunch. You can also buy a ticket for 1 day @ £15.00.
More info: Click here