By Khoa Do.
Cabramatta Story was a play written in 2003 by Khoa Do that juxtaposed the suburbs extensive media baggage and its negative connection to drugs and crime with the viewpoints of those who called it home.
The project began with researching and gathering stories from a cross section on the local community. These interviews were captured on video and made into a short documentary about the area. In July, workshops started with a team of professional artists. The focus of the workshops was skill and script development. Participants learnt and developed numerous skills and performance techniques such as playbuilding, collaborative writing, improvisation, physical theatre, Vietnamese dancing and acting.
The performance was part mystery, part love story and part slapstick. The play incorporated different influences and performance techniques including Kun fu, video projection, pop culture, music, journalism and traditional dancing. Woven through the play were stories of migration, gangs, freedom, homelessness, family pressures and love.