A brand-new Monkey Baa work about family, honour and the risks taken in search of a better life. Based on the book by Janeen Brian.
Presented by: Her Majesty's Theatre Ballarat and Monkey Baa
Date and time: Premiere Performance: Saturday 27 August: 6.30pm and Monday 29 August: 11.00am and 1.00pm
Location: The Ballarat Civic Hall

A storm rages. Thunder cracks, the wind a mournful howl, rain falls and waves crash. The wooden boat bucks and heaves. Yong holds on tight. He looks up at the moon and thinks of home.

Set against the backdrop of the Australian Goldrush of 1857, Yong is a new Australian play by Jenevieve Chang. Mixing historical fact and narrative fiction, Yong takes us on a journey across land and sea, from China to the goldfields of Australia.

Yong and his father leave their small village and travel across the seas hoping to strike gold and find their fortune in the goldfields of Ballarat. However, despite his family’s desperate need for money, Yong does not want to be on this journey. On the surface, he is an honourable son, but bubbling below is deepening resentment for his father and a longing for home. Faced with momentous change, Yong’s courage and inner strength are tested, and in overcoming difficult challenges, he discovers a resilience in himself that he never knew he had.

A Monkey Baa Theatre Company Production
Based on the book by Janeen Brian
Written by Jenevieve Chang

Event Information

Date & Time

Premiere Performance: Saturday 27 August, proceedings begin at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.
Monday 29th August 11.00am and 1.00pm


Tickets: $20.00
Groups (10+) : $17.50

Additional Information

This event will be held at the The Ballarat Civic Hall.