Moths photo by Sarah Walker

Photo: Sarah Walker


2015: programmed in Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec Electric readings

2014: programmed in the National Playwriting Festival 2014 readings

2013: awarded the inaugural Betty Burstall Commission and co-commissioned by Griffin Theatre and Playwriting Australia

2013: ‘Highly Commended’ script – Griffin Theatre Script Award

2013: second development with Australia Council funding and with support from Melbourne Theatre Company, with a moved reading including video and sound design concepts

2012: first development with Arts Victoria funding and with support from Melbourne Wokrers’ Theatre, with a moved reading

Creative team

Third development – National Play Festival

Writer Michele Lee

Director Lee Lewis

Dramaturg Mark Pritchard

Performers Aileen Huynh, HaiHa Le, Lap Pham, John Shrimpton, Pearl Tan, Harry Tseng

Second development – In the mix, Australia Council funding

Writer Michele Lee

Director Gorkem Acaroglu

Dramaturgs Gorkem Acaroglu and Chris Mead

Video design concepts by Zoe Scoglio

Sound design concepts by Rob Jordan

Performers Aljin Abela, Jing-Xuan Chan, Hai Ha Le, Nicole Lee, Harry Tseng, Gareth Yuen

First development – Arts Victoria funding

Writer Michele Lee

Director Emma Valente

Dramaturg Gorkem Acaroglu

Performers Keith Brockett, Jing-Xuan Chan, Fanny Hanusin, Nicole Lee, Harry Tseng



Full-length play, stage


Moths. They’re coming.

Six actors do a play exploring gender and Asian identity, and through the course of this they confront uncomfortable truths about themselves.

They head towards the light.

They come out, burst from their chrysalis.

The play becomes successful and epic and eternal.

The script uses words from the transcripts of interviews I did with about 25 young Asian Australians.


From the second development.

You’ll see HaiHa Le, Jing-Xuan Chan and Nicole Lee, and Harry Tseng in this. Sarah Walker shot and edited this.

Moths Girls from Michele Lee on Vimeo.

You’ll see all the actors in this. Sarah Walker shot and edited this.

Moths Boys from Michele Lee on Vimeo.

And video from the first development. Edited and shot by Sarah Walker

Moths – first development from Michele Lee on Vimeo.

Video design

Video design by Zoe Scoglio and sound design by Rob Jordan.

MOTHS – 4 minute Excerpt from zoe scoglio on Vimeo.


Available from Australian Plays.


Development: Creative Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, Betty Burstall Commission, National Playwriting Festival and Melbourne Theatre Company

Publisher: Australian Plays