Lost in Shanghai

Arts on Tour in Association with Burnie Arts presents

A Contemporary Asian Australian Performance production 

Written by Jane Hutcheon

Co-Directed by William Yand and Tasnim Hossain

Throughout her adventurous journalism career, one story has intrigued Jane Hutcheon more than any other: the story of her mother Beatrice’s turbulent childhood in pre-Communist Shanghai. It’s the tale of an ordinary Eurasian family in extraordinary times, set against a backdrop of fading colonial opulence and looming war.

After visiting Shanghai in 2018, Jane began to search for the truth of her mother’s difficult beginnings. Lost in Shanghai is her family’s story of survival. Beatrice becomes a journalist at the South China Morning Post in the 1950’s, perhaps setting a precedent for her daughter. Using projected images from the family archive curated by renowned photographer William Yang and music composed and performed by Dr Terumi Narushima, Jane narrates the moving story of Lost in Shanghai in her own words.

Co-Directed by William Yang and Tasnim Hossain, Lost in Shanghai adds to the rich collection of theatrical storytelling works from Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP), such as Double Delicious, The Backstories, In Between Two, Who Speaks for Me and Stories Then and Now.

Composer/Musician: Terumi Narushima


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Photo Credit: Clare Hawley (production photography)


  • Wednesday, 13 March 2024 | 07:30 PM - 08:45 PM


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Burnie Arts Centre, 77-79 Wilmot Street, Burnie, 7320, View Map and directions

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