“Tide Waits For No Man: Episode Grace is exciting theatre, pushing the boundaries and redefining what Asian, and Aotearoa New Zealand theatre, can be.”
Thanks Theatre Scenes for the review of Tide Waits For No Man, our Fringe show and second season in collaboration with SPOOKY ANTICS. Chronicling the journey of a Chinese Kiwi woman through shadow, movement and puppetry, this non-dialogue show premiered in Wellington at BATS last year and performed to much success in the Auckland Fringe.
“A beautiful and meditative piece of work, the cast compellingly compose and perform a series of striking images to tell Grace’s story.”
- Rand T. Hazou
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“The play offers a series of meditations on Chinese patriarchal gender constructions in a physical and non-verbal performance that incorporates shadow, puppetry and movement. This performance is part of a wave of Chinese Kiwi theatre sweeping Auckland stages over the last few years generated in part by the impressive talents behind Proudly Asian Theatre (PAT), a company dedicated to producing, empowering and enabling theatre and film by Asian talent in New Zealand.”
“This confident production elides the primacy of logocentrism and the written word. Instead of words we have images, and instead of challenging white orientalist notions of Chinese femininity, we have a production that interrogates traditional Chinese gender constructions stemming from Tu-Bryant’s own Taiwanese heritage. Instead of focusing on white inscriptions of ‘the other’, the production uses the metaphor of Chinese calligraphy to interrogate the imprints of cultural traditions and the processes of cultural transmissions that continue to mark subsequent generations.
Tide Waits For No Man: Episode Grace is exciting theatre, pushing the boundaries and redefining what Asian, and Aotearoa New Zealand theatre, can be.”