From wartime China to the Bulimba Dockyards, brotherhood and resilience is tested.

To celebrate victory in the Pacific at the end of World War II, six Chinese workers stage a theatre show at Brisbane’s Bulimba Dockyards. However, differing perspectives of critical events in their story threaten to derail this display of unity and become the one thing that could tear them apart.

The men weave an epic tale of brotherhood and resilience, charting their journey from poverty and war in rural China, through hard work on Nauru island, then a hasty escape from the Japanese to Australia, and all the challenges they overcome on the way.

Blending vaudeville, musical theatre, Cantonese Opera and martial arts, Slow Boat is a play within a play, inspired by the unexpected arrival in Australia of of playwright Anna Yen’s father, along with 580 other Chinese men, during WWII.

Event Access

This show contains low level coarse language, depictions of suicide, references to violence, haze/smoke effects, and loud sounds.

Brisbane Powerhouse have five designated accessible parking spaces available for permit holders. A lift operates from the Stores Building (car park level) to the Powerhouse Plaza where the main entrance to the Brisbane Powerhouse is located. For patrons who require assistance travelling from our car park to our theatres, Brisbane Powerhouse can make arrangements to accommodate your needs with 24 hours advance notice. A wheelchair can also be made available on request whilst the patron is visiting Brisbane Powerhouse.

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