Ama and Chan – Theatre and social media collide

'Ama and Chan' by Urban Theatre Projects, opening at Bankstown Arts Centre, May 4 2011

What do you get when you merge live theatre, Youtube, Facebook and reality TV? 

Ama and Chan, a completely new, refreshing and fun take on a multimedia production by Urban Theatre Projects, opening May 4 at Bankstown Arts Centre. Described as ‘Part stand-up, part-theatre, part live-to-internet cooking show’, Ama and Chan promises to delight, or at least provide a brand new form of live theatre experience.

Where: Bankstown Arts Centre Theatre, 5 Olympic Parade Bankstown
When: 4-14 May
Bookings: 02 9707 2111

Ama and Chan are  two larger than life personas created by young and emerging western Sydney artists Effie Nkrumah and Alan Lao, both recent graduates of the UWS Theatre Nepean performance course.

The show looks at what might be considered an unlikely relationship between a Ghanaian Australian woman and Chinese Australian man. Crossing a number of political boundaries (in decidedly un-pc ways), Ama and Chan cooks up a hotpot of comedy, live music, social networking and traditional TV formats, while at the same time exploiting the pitfalls and giddy heights of YouTube.

Check out Ama and Chan’s facebook page:


Urban Theatre Projects creates distinctive new theatre for Australian and international audiences that reflect stories and images of contemporary life.

UTP explores new territory in contemporary arts practice and collaborative processes, through a synthesis of artists, site, ideas and public dialogue.  The company is renowned for generating unique contemporary theatre works and experiences attracting critical acclaim from presenters, critics and audiences. For more info:

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