Meet Simon Chan, a James Bond fan and actor, theatre director, cabaret performer…
Simon Chan has a Graduate Diploma and Masters of Music from QUT and has worked for La Boite, the Queensland Theatre Company, Metro Arts, and acted in a number of films (including the feature The Real Macaw and the short Karaoke King with Anna Yen, directed by Carine Chai which was screened at the Asian Australian Occasion Short Film Festival curated by AAFFN’s Indigo Willing in 2007).
Chan has also been a theatre critic, and has presented with his creation The Other Production Company musical productions including The Velveteen Rabbit which has enjoyed international attention and a number of overseas invitations, as well as I Must Stop Looking At Men, and Closer To Heaven, a musical by Jonathan Harvey and the Pet Shop Boys, at the Brisbane Powerhouse. In 2007. Chan has also presented in association with Chris Maver Productions and the Judith Wright Centre cabaret material such as Gaysian in The Fruit Tingle Cabaret.
In 2012, Simon was approached by Brad Rush, producer at the Arts Centre Gold Coast, to create an original revue of his musical song works. The result was Rice & Easy, a cabaret of Simon’s songs with The Space transformed into a working Chinese Restaurant.
In 2013, Simon is working on a comedy revue of songs from spy films, called From Asia With Love, with Matt Ward (Chess, The Production Company, 2012) and Kimie Tsukakoshi (Miss Saigon, Savoyards, 2012). It will be presented by The Other Production Company in April/May.