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Lynda Chanwai-Earle has a background in the arts and public broadcasting. Over the last three decades, Lynda’s award-winning poetry and plays have been published, produced, and toured in festivals here and abroad. Lynda’s ground-breaking one-woman play premiered at Circa Theatre in 1996, during the International Festival of the Arts, Wellington as the first authentically Chinese play for mainstream audiences. Ka-Shue (Letters Home) has published and toured internationally. Lynda represented New Zealand at the inaugural Hong Kong Literary Festival in 2001, the Shanghai Literary Festival in 2005, was Writer in Residence at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou in 2015, and has been shortlisted three times for the Bruce Mason Playwrights Award. Set in Antarctica, Lynda’s award-winning play HEAT toured arts festivals across Aotearoa (2008-2011) as the first green-powered play to perform off-the-grid. Lynda’s play Man in a Suitcase (SHIFT, Playmarket, 2016) was an international theatre collaboration between The Court Theatre, Christchurch and China, touring to Beijing in 2012. Lynda was awarded the prestigious 2019 Writer in Residence at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington.

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Coolie: The Story of The Girmityas


08/06/2023 - 10/06/2023

"A powerful, mesmerising and moving theatre experience..

3 Steps Back


23/02/2023 - 17/06/2023

"A deep, beautiful and poetically passionate insight into disability..

"Poetic, powerful, visceral, raw, gutsy and unmissable..



07/02/2020 - 18/11/2023

"Made with a heart-melting level of care..

"A carefully considered and expertly crafted experience that has real potential to be an instigator of change..

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21/06/2022 - 23/06/2022

"A fast, furious, and funny dissection of racism and more..



09/06/2021 - 12/06/2021

"Mesmerising, moving – shows us how the mundane becomes beautiful..

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