Melbourne Playback Theatre Company lands On Our Shores for the 2016 National Refugee Week

Published by: Sassy Red PR | 1-Jun-2016
Celebrating the fighting spirit of our community. #OnOurShores2016 #MelbournePlayback #BringThemHere
Venue: Footscray Community Arts Centre
Address: 45 Moreland St, Footscray
Date: Thursday 23 June
Time: 7pm
Ticket: $25 Full, $20 Concession, $15 Student
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Call: 03 9690 9253
After their much lauded Q&A events for International Women's Day and National Reconciliation Week, Melbourne Playback Theatre Company now proudly announce On Our Shores; a dynamic evening of theatre and discussion that celebrates the fighting spirit of our community. This third show in their 2016 series of Q&A events puts a spotlight on why we continue the plea for all people to be treated humanely as we witness the Australian government shipping men, women and children into offshore detention centres.

Running for one night only on the 23rd of June, 2016, this powerful evening will bring together a panel of esteemed activists, writers and refugees, with Melbourne Playback's team of professional actors and musicians. Happening as a part of the 2016 National Refugee Week (19 - 26 June), On Our Shores invites individuals to experience the real stories of refugees and activists in this special environment.

Panellists for this evening include CEO of the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre Kon Karapanagiotidis, author Mariam Issa, Lucy Hohan from the Refugee Action Collective, and Refugee/Advocate Mohammad Ali Baqiri.

MPTC ensemble member and Creative Director of On Our Shores, Diana Nguyen, talks about her own personal connection to the event, "Growing up Australian Vietnamese, I witnessed my own mother's struggle to tell her boat story to me. The trauma of war and fleeing, and then the silence due to resettlement and resilience. Through Melbourne Playback stories are shared, and through those stories we connect with other human beings and empathise with the need for love, food, shelter and freedom. Our stories are not individual stories, but universal ones."

Melbourne Playback Theatre Company's ensemble of actors, musicians and MCs have been captivating audiences for over 30 years with their unique form of improvised theatre; transforming shared, real-life events into powerful and engaging stories on the stage.

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