The Journeys
of William Yang

Written and performed by William Yang

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 01 May – 01 Jun 2003

    Four works performed in repertory

    William Yang began doing his slide-shows in the Downstairs Theatre at Belvoir St in 1989. Since then they have become an international phenomenon, sought after by festivals around the world. As a photographer, William has been the principal documenter of both the seamy underbelly of Sydney life and theatre since the 1970s, and his shows have developed into a totally unique form of performance.
    For this retrospective, William reworked his first great piece, Sadness, and performed it in repertory with Friends of Dorothy, Blood Links and his success from the 2002 Sydney Festival, Shadows.

    “I’m gay, Chinese and I am a photographer. My main achievement is that I’ve been able to bring stories of my sub-cultural tribes into the mainstream. I have given kindred spirits voice.” William Yang, 2003

    Produced by Performing Lines


    Written by William Yang
    Production Manager Martin Langthorne
    Stage Manager Mary Macrae
    Voice Consultant Simone Lourie
    NIDA Production Secondment Gordon Rymer
    Music for Shadows is composed and performed by Colin Offord
    Music for Blood Links and Sadness by Stephen Rae
    Music for Friends of Dorothy by Simon Hunt


    William Yang

    Friends of Dorothy. images by Belvoir St
    Sadness. images by Peter Elfes
    Shadows images by Belvoir St


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