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Songket / This Territory  

Songket / This Territory $27.27 ex GST
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What happens when one person's culture is another's crime?

Koua Neng Vang, a Hmong migrant, is accused of raping Chan, a young textile designer. Was it sexual assault? Or did Koua recognise, in Chan's confused signals, the enduring rituals of courtship?

Songket is about different cultural notions of love and how the law does, or doesn't, accommodate cultural diversity.

  • A beautiful and thought-provoking new play . . . this is a major new work by one of our best writers. -   The Australian

This Territory
Developed in the wake of the 2005 Cronulla riots through a 6-month research and consultation process with young people across Sydney.

The play centres on a violent incident witnessed by a large group of young people, but they disagree about its details and their significance. In trying to get the story straight, the characters start to navigate relationships across the boundaries of ethnicity, gender, education and prejudice. They are Australia – a hotbed of cultures, and they are on fire.


Cast : Songket - 3F, 4M / This Territory - 9F, 8M

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-830-9 | PB


Noëlle Janaczewska is a prolific and much produced playwright. Plays include The History of Water, Historia, Madagascar Lily, Slowianska Street (plus radio adaptation AWGIE Award winner), Cold Harvest, The Butcher's Wife, Connie and Kevin and the Secret Life of Groceries, Mysteriyaki and Songket (winner Griffin Playwriting Award 2002 and Playbox Asialink Prize 2001). Radio scripts include Pyongyang Affair, Glissando 24 (2001 AWGIE Winner), My Secret Iceland, The Rush Hour Carillon (2004 AWGIE winner) and Let's go Brazil (2006 AWGIE winner). Her play Mrs Petrov's Shoe was premiered by Melbourne's Theatre @ Risk in 2006 and won that year’s Queensland Premier’s Literary Award.

For more information on Noëlle and her work, visit her website:

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