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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Filipino-Australian theatre play to be launched in NSW

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Xyrome Namiza
Xyrome Namiza is a 21-year old writer in Bulacan, Philippines. He is currently taking Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Major in Global Development and Sustainability and is now a graduating student at Far Eastern University.

Produced and presented by Kwento, “Ate Lovia” is a theatre play currently in development which is set to launch on 14 October 2021 to 6 November 2021 in Old Fitz Theatre, NSW, Australia.

In partnership with Redline Productions, “Ate Lovia” is directed by Kennet Moraleda and written by Jordan Shea. This drama revolves around the Ejercito family in suburban Sydney. Old Fitz Artistic Directors Cat, Con and Alex describe the story as “an adoring look at 90s nostalgia, amateur musical theatre, the resilience of family, and an incisive examination of our country’s deep-rooted racism amongst the rise of John Howard and Pauline Hanson.”

On 6 July, Kwento announced on their Facebook page the complete cast of the said stage play which includes Filipino and Australian theatre actors. Chaya Ocampo will play Lovia, the main character; Fellino Dolloso as Jovi, Lovia’s father; Joseph Raboy as Vergel, Lovia’s brother; and Anna Lee as Wendy, a former showgirl and a close ally of Lovia and Vergel. 

Screengrab from Redline Productions. Happy R Ferraren, Assistant Director of “Ate Lovia”

Camerae screen shooting Happy R Ferraren in trolley full of bread. | Photo by Jay Shea

On the other hand, the entire production includes Happy Feraren, the Assistant Director; Callan Purcell, Dramaturgical Support; Ruru Zhu, Production Designer; Michael Toisuta, Composer/Sound Designer; Martin Kinnane, Lighting Designer; and Juna Vass, Stage Manager.

A full synopsis of Ate Lovia is available at the Redline Productions website.

Kwento and Redline Productions have opened the booking of tickets for the upcoming theatre play. Tickets can be purchased at https://redlineproductions.iwannaticket.com.au/event/ate-lovia-MjQzNTY.

To show your support for the Filipino-Australian theatre community and to stay updated regarding “Ate Lovia” and other theatre plays by Kwento, you can check out their Facebook page. Also visit the Kwento website at https://kwento.com.au.

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