Next date: Wednesday, 31 August 2022 | 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

A shipwreck

A moving play for older children from Monkey Baa Theatre

What could be worse than living a lie? This is the burden thirteen-year-old Yong must carry as he lives the life of a dutiful son when his heart wishes to defy his father, who along with the other villagers have borrowed a great deal of money for their passage from the poverty of China to the promised wealth of the Australian goldfields. 

As the first-born son, Yong is obliged to accompany his father. Over the three months at sea in cramped, filthy quarters at the mercy of the storms and rough seas with hundreds of other Chinese on a British ship, Yong desperately wishes he was back home with his family. When the ship is wrecked at Guichen Bay South Australia instead of landing at Port Phillip, the Chinese passengers must undertake the perilous 350-mile trip to Ballarat on foot. 

When his father dies on the journey, Yong shows courage and resolve as he tries to take his place. He discovers a side to his father he never knew and learns more about himself. 

“Such constant inner battle is universal as all teenagers have to experience the struggle between their desire to conform and a fierce need to break free.” – Christine Yunn-Yu Sun

Monkey Baa is Australia’s widest reaching touring company for young people, having conducted over 27 national tours to 135 regional and remote communities across every state and territory of Australia, four international tours and over 2,500 performances, engaging with over 1.3 million young people. Their mission is to exhilarate young minds, hearts and imaginations by creating and sharing exceptional Australian theatre nationally and internationally







  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM


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