Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre housed and trained refugees and migrants during Australia’s post-war immigration boom. Tes Lyssiotis’ powerful docu-drama Hotel Bonegilla was first performed at La Mama in August 1983 and still resonates in its commentary on Australia’s complex relationship with migrants, refugees and immigration.
“At its centre is the potent image of the suitcase which helped shape my vision of the play, for inside the suitcase are the dreams and the heart of the migrant.” – Tes Lyssiotis
This production was originally presented as part of La Mama’s 50th Birthday Festival.
Written by Tes Lyssiotis
Directed and designed by Laurence Strangio
Performed by Sean Paisley Collins, Luca Romani,Tatiana Kotsimbos, Alex Tsitsopoulos, Loukia Vassiliades and Martina Viglietti
Lighting by Georgia Rann
Music performed by Dave Evans
Image by Darren Gill
Presented with generous support from Co.As.It. and Società Isole Eolie.