His Mother's Voice

atyp selects, may 2014

world premiere

Shanghai, 1966. A young Chinese boy is secretly taught the piano by his mother in defiance of Communist Party edicts - setting in place a chain of events that leads them to the eye of the storm - and a dangerous confrontation between Shanghai and Canberra. Staged as part of the prestigious ATYP Selects season, this world premiere
production is a love story - the love of two young people from different worlds, the love that drives a mother to great sacrifice, the love of a young man for his country.

Written by Justin Fleming; Directed by Suzanne Millar; Lighting Design Christopher Page; Sound Design James Colla; Stage Manager Andrew McMartin; Costume Design Sonia McAlpine; Producer John Harrison

Cast Alice Keohavong; Angela Tran; Arisa Yura; Dannielle Jackson; Felino Dolloso; Harry Tseng; Isaiah Powell; John Gomez Goodway; Jonathan Surjadi; Michael Gooley; Monica Sayers; Renee Lim

Entrancing. A work of substance and resonance...
— Deborah Jones, The Australian
“...of great importance to the landscape of our theatre scene...” 
— Kevin Jackson's Theatre Diary
Earnest, beautiful... fiercely captivating.
— Suzy Wrong, suzygoessee
A fascinating, absorbing play that combines sweeping politics with a powerful human drama…capturing both the epic nature of the political background and the intimate personal relationships…
— Jo Litson, Daily Telegraph
There is an overwhelming sense of unity in this production, a sense of strong belief and transformation – and this underlines bAKEHOUSE theatre’s goals of showcasing “new voices … telling new stories from new communities”
— Carol Wimmer, Stage Whispers
An amazing cast and outstanding production team delivers a first class world premiere performance that does justice to Australian playwright Justin Fleming’s remarkable play… a story that touches the heart.
— Jenny Hatton Mahon, Weekend Notes
A performance that offers optimism, generosity, humanity and a unique perspective on passion, politics and parenthood. Thumbs Up!
— Geraldine Worthington, OzBabyBoomers
A cultural awakening. Asian actors and Asian stories have a place in Australian theatre and not necessarily the fringe.
— Michaela Baltazar, Australian Filipina
This engaging, exciting production by bAKEHOUSE offer the gift of diversity.
— Veronica Kaye, TheatreRed