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Thanks to all who came to the sell-out season of:


by Marianne Infante

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Poster Design by Marc Conaco Illustration

Photography by John Rata

1991, Philippines. Mount Pinatubo has erupted. The ash settles in Christchurch, where the ground is also shifting, uncertain and evolving…

The first play developed through Fresh off the Page monthly play-readings, we are excited to bring you the groundbreaking Filipino-led production of PINAY -  an explosive, moving and joyus romp shaking the foundations of Filipino and Kiwi culture.

A heart-filled story bursting with Filipino flair, PINAY collides race, relationships and religion as an immigrant family and their assimilated daughter Alex test the lengths we go to change for the ones we love.

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Featuring a break-out Filipino led cast including Marwin Maui Silerio (Orientation), Donna Dacuno (Apple), newcomer Richard Perillo and Marianne Infante (Tide Waits for No Man: Episode Grace), alongside Lucas Haugh (Watch Party), Matiu Hamuera (Atamira Dance Company) and directed by James Roque.

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Photos: John Rata

Produced by Nahyeon Lee with Assistant producer Alyssa Medel.

PINAY is funded by Foundation North, Albert-Eden Local Board, Waitemata Local Board and Howick Local Board and Supported by THe Waka Eke Noa Charitable Trust, Unitec, Basement Theatre and Equity New Zealand. 

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Fresh off the Page Home

Fresh off the Page Home







A series of monthly playreadings featuring Asian casts, directors and playwrights - we bring you the freshest contemporary scripts and the hottest new talent.

Get ready for our ambitious new season, where playwrights are challenged to complete a NEW play for the series: 9 debuts of Asian works over 2019!

SAVE THE DATE for our next fresh play:

My Original Position

by Uhyoung Choi

November 13th, 8.30pm

Basement Theatre


Mar 20th: The Kamasutra Chronicles - Shriya Bhagwat-Chitale

Apr 17th: How To Be a Great White Man - Natasha Lay

May: Not Woman Enough - Hweiling Ow

June: What have you become? - Bala Murali Shingade

July: The Doctors Monologues - Renee Liang

Aug: Homecoming - Janna Tay

Sept: Basmati B*tch - Ankita Singh

Oct: Sweet Sour and Salty - John Rata

Nov: My Original Position - Uhyoung Choi

Dec: Spicy House - Gemishka Chetty

We are proud to be supported by Playmarket NZ, Unitec, The Basement, Q Theatre, Creative Communities Scheme, albert-eden local community board and The Asia NZ Foundation.

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Thank you to everyone who came along to our sizzling new show -


By Chye-Ling Huang

presented as part of Q matchbox

Winner of the hackman cup for most original production of 2018

Shortlisted for the Adam Play Award 2018,

winner of the Asian Ink workshop 2017


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“It is adventurous and wild...Orientation is a hugely significant work: sexy, smart, and not putting up with your shit."- Theatre-scenes

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A hot mess of sexual stereotypes, no Asian man is left un-turned in Mei’s quest to root herself back to her roots. When a shock event leaves her questioning everything about love, Chinese-Pakeha Mei dives ferociously back into the dating game. A film star from Singapore, an Indian Taika Waititi and the Asian answer to Channing Tatum lift the sheets on how sex and race collide in little old New Zealand, where Asianess is both fetishized and feared.

An ensemble of the sexiest storytellers from the Asian diaspora play out your wildest dreams and cringiest tropes as Mei learns that love is simple, but race is not.

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“...a coming-of-age for Asian theatre. Bluntly sexy, chock-full of contemporary name-drops and pop-culture references, it's both a bold assertion of Asian women as sex sirens and a renunciation. It's a raw, uncomfortable and ultimately moving work showcasing talents who deserve more time on our stages."  - NZ Herald

Written and directed by Chye-Ling Huang, performed by Kyle Chuen, Natasha Daniel, Marwin Silerio, Eugene Yao, Mayen Mehta, produced by Kelly Gilbride with Nahyeon Lee, lighting by Ruby Reihana-Wilson, production design by Micheal McCabe, sound design by Emi Pogoni, poster design Lindsay Yee.

Thanks to Creative New ZealandFoundation North

Unitec and the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust Fund.





Asian Men Talk About Sex

PAT breaks into film with the cheeky, no-holds-barred 3 minute Loading Docs documentary, Asian Men Talk About Sex!

Whether it be the nerdy best friend, silent kung-fu master or the tech wiz of the office, Asian men are desexualized at every turn. Why don’t we see Asian men on screen just being themselves, let alone as sexual beings? We interviewed 8 Asian men of different ethnicities, ages and orientations to challenge stereotypes and lift the lid on taboos.

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Funny, surprising, intimate and wild - much like sex - these are their candid experiences, perspectives and stories on sex, love and dating.

A huge thanks to all our supporters on boosted, and the talented team behind the film, and especially to our incredible talent!

Let's start talking.

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Ruby, Chye-Ling, Kelly and Calvin at the premier of AMTAS



Check out the interview with director Chye-Ling Huang on VICE here


made with Eyes and Ears and loading docs

with support from BOOsted and Unitec.

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The Han Chronicles

The Han Chronicles

Romance, bromance and...ducks? 

The Han Chronicles

A Samoan prince, an Irish girl with a fiery temper and an unsuspecting duck tell the true stories of a spunky young Chinese immigrant, Han Huang, who lands in New Zealand in the 70's. 

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Lifting her Dad’s tall tales from interviews and spinning them into cheeky shorts, creator Chye-Ling Huang presents a funky, 70's twist on the Asian New Zealand immigrant story.

Narrated by Han Huang, produced by TVNZ and directed by Calvin Sang.

Starring Jarrod lee, Genevieve Kent and Dylan Thuracingham.

Episode One: The Duck

When young Han lands in Christchurch in the 70’s, his first cooking lesson comes from an unexpected place when he meets a Samoan prince.



Episode Two: Glenda

Han is knee deep in his studies - but things get derailed over a fateful pot of potatoes as a forbidden fling begins.

Genevieve Kent as Glenda

Genevieve Kent as Glenda

Jen Huang, Director Calvin Sang and Helen Wu

Jen Huang, Director Calvin Sang and Helen Wu

Let us know what you think!

Send us your feedback to:


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Real-life Han Huang meets actor-Han, Jarrod Lee

“This video is WONDERFUL. It’s perfection.”

- Benjamin Law (The Family Law)

“We laughed and cried and goddam it's good.”

- Flat 3 productions (Flat 3, Friday Night Bites)

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Helen Wu (left) and Jen Huang

Made with TVNZ as part of the 'new blood' initiative.

Special thanks to Han huang and the fahey family.


Tide Waits

Tide Waits

Thanks to all who came along to the SPOOKY ANTICS and PAT

Auckland Fringe Festival season of:

Tide Waits for No Man: Episode GRACE 

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"Complex, personal, beautifully executed...Tu-Bryant’s performance is a tour de force: powerful, flexible, committed, expressive." - Tim Stevenson, Theatreview

Tide Waits follows Grace [雅安], a modern Taiwanese artist who has grown up in Aotearoa. Tailoring her life to be as kiwi as they come, an unexpected call from her homeland sends Grace into a tailspin. A surreal battle of ancient culture and modern identity unfolds as she grasps for answers among her Ye-Ye’s patriarchal teachings. Shadow, puppetry and movement collide in this non-verbal show, suitable for non-English speakers, Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

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“Tide Waits For No Man: Episode Grace is exciting theatre, pushing the boundaries and redefining what Asian, and Aotearoa New Zealand theatre, can be.”

- Rand T. Hazou, Theatre Scenes


Starring director and creator Nikita 雅涵 Tu-Bryant and performers Chye-Ling Huang and choreographer Marianne Infante with lighting by Nic Cave-Lynch (Many Hands Lighting).

“Bold, unapologetic and raw, Tide Waits for No Man: Episode Grace is a beautiful and triumphant experiment in performance art. The production is a moment to celebrate for the Asian New Zealander community.”

- Hye Ji Lee, Theatreview

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With support from

the Emerging Artists Trust, Chinese Poll Tax Heritage fund, The Spreading Tree, Asia New Zealand Foundation, Unitec Department of Performing & Screen Arts. Guest dramaturg Yuyang Ellison Tan (SINGAPORE). Special thanks to Benjamin Teh, original cast in development workshops.




presented as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival

and the Auckland Lantern FestivaL:


Written by Oliver Chong

Winner of Best Design at the Auckland Fringe Festival 2018

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Photo: Julie Zhu Photography

"Human being make mistakes. Our ancestors are human, too."

One of Singapore's most beloved solo shows, Roots is one woman’s quest to find her familial identity in the cultural confusion of Singapore. With parallels to New Zealand's youthful cultural identity, Roots is a universal story of the surprises and hardships in discovering who you are and what you're made of.


Presented in two venues, Uxbridge Arts Centre in Howick and Q Theatre in central city, winning Best Design (Fringe Awards) for its set of 125kgs of rice strewn across the stage and cymbals, with sprinkled rice and clanging gongs creating an analog soundscape. Roots was performed in both English and Mandarin for its New Zealand premier, with surtitles projected in both Mandarin and English.

With big thanks to The Finger Players, Oliver Chong and Natalie Chai.


Starring Amanda Grace Leo | Directed by Chye-Ling Huang

Produced by Julie Zhu | Sound design by Tom Dennison | Stage manager/operator/Chinese marketing by Helen Wu | Assistant Stage Manager: Nahyeon Lee | Poster design by Lindsay Yee | Poster image by Andi Crown 


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Photo: Andi Crown photography

Proudly Asian Theatre为您带来,


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来到中国,Amanda 决心要甩掉她”文化孤儿”的标签。但她在这儿的根与许多秘密缠绕在一起-究竟谁和哪儿才是真正的家乡?




主演: Amanda Grace Leo 梁宿娴

导演:Chye-Ling Huang 黄采婈


About PAT

About PAT

About PAT

Proudly Asian Theatre is an Auckland based company dedicated to producing, empowering and enabling theatre and film by Asian talent in New Zealand.

Founded in 2013 by actors Chye-Ling Huang and James Roque as a reaction to the lack of non-stereotyped Asian stories in mainstream theatre and film, PAT continues to create fresh new works that challenge the narrative of Asian stereotypes in New Zealand and beyond.


In 2013 PAT presented the first New Zealand production of David Henry Hwang's FOB at The Basement. The following year PAT produced a sold-out, extra show added season of Renee Liang's Lantern at The Musgrove as part of the 2014 Auckland Lantern Festival, before taking home four awards including Best Independent Theatre Company and Best Director at the 2014 Short+Sweet Festival for their short original piece Call of the Sparrows.

In 2016, PAT debuted a full length version of their award winning short with support from Auckland Live and UNITEC and funding from Creative New Zealand and Foundation North. 2017 saw the launch of event 'Fresh off the Page', monthly playreadings for the public featuring Asian actors, directors and scripts from NZ and around the world, at the Basement Theatre. 


PAT broke into film with Asian Men Talk About Sex, a 3 minute documentary made as part of the Loading Docs platform, which won best webseries at the NZ TV awards. The Han Chronicles, a two episode webseries pilot, was made under TVNZ, telling the true story of a Chinese immigrant in love in 70's New Zealand. 

2018 Fringe show Roots by Oliver Chong won Best Set Design (with The Finger Players and Tom Dennison) and their following original show, Orientation by Chye-Ling Huang, was presented as part of Q Theatre’s Matchbox programme and won the 2018 Hackman Cup for most original production at the Auckland Theatre Awards. Tide Waits For No Man, a non dialogue puppetry and movement show developed over 2 years with SPOOKY ANTICS premiered in Wellington (BATS) and Basement for Auckland Fringe in 2019.

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PAT is committed to supporting the Asian storytellers of Aotearoa; get in touch if you're interested in supporting us or getting involved!