Proudly Asian Theatre
Hand Pulled Collective
Creative New Zealand
Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust
Adam NZ Play Award Finalist, 2021
Winner of Playmarket’s b4 25 Play Award, 2022
Talia’s playwriting and directing debut, Pork and Poll Taxes, explores the early Chinese immigrant experience in New Zealand. Set in the 1890s amidst the backdrop of increasing civil unrest and poverty in China, and the mounting racism in New Zealand which culminates in the raising of poll tax from £10 to £100.
Pork and Poll Taxes underwent development in 2020 thanks to the support of Creative New Zealand and Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust.
It had its sold out premiere season at the Herald Theatre, Auckland, 2021.
Producer: Marianne InfanteAssistant Producer: Natalya Mandich-DohntDirecting Mentor: Chye-Ling HuangScript Advisor: Renee LiangMovement Director: Yin-Chi LeeLanguage Coach and Cantonese Translator: Audrey ChanMarketing Manager: Alyssa Medel-KhewStage Manager: Lisa JoeSet Design: Micheal McCabeSound Design: Nikita Tu-BryantCostuming: Wilson Ong Jun LiangLighting: Paul BennettProps Design: Cinta DamerellPhotography: John RataGraphic Design: Alyssa Pua
Producer: Natalya Mandich-DohntMentors: Chye-Ling Huang & Marianne Infante, Proudly Asian TheatreDramaturgy: Renee LiangMovement Director: Yin-Chi LeeScript Advisor: Eleanor Bishop (Asian Ink)
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