FORMER Ballarat actor Grace Pyone has scored a role in an avant-garde Melbourne production.
Pyone was born in Burma and raised in Burma, Singapore and Malaysia before being accepted into Federation University’s performing arts course in 2013.
Since then, she has appeared in a number of productions including Ant + Cleo, Ebbingtide, Oh What a Lovely War and Machina.
She is soon to perform in the role of Takahashi in Gaijin, a tale of sacrifice, cultural understanding and martial arts set in Japan.
The play, written and directed by Martin Rice, aims to provide an insight into different forms of Japanese theatre and includes a choreographed sword fighting scene.
Gaijin, which is Japanese for foreigner, looks into the centuries of heritage in Japanese theatre while also referencing modern issues of immigration.
Pyone said Japanese arts and culture were never far away in her upbringing and hopes to bring the art of theatre performance back to her homeland one day.
Gaijin will be performed in a limited season at the Brunswick Mechanics’ Institute from July 6 to 16.
Tickets are $25-$30. For more information and tickets, visit www.metanoiatheatre.com