Saltwater invites you into an evening of storytelling, conversations, and food.

In a quick turnaround, Jamie finds herself married and migrated. To make things work, she channels the women in her life to find the answers.

Participate in the preparation of a meal, and travel through memories of Singapore, childhood, and lessons learnt as Jamie remembers her mother, revealing the inner world of a woman searching for home as a wife 6060km away. 

Re-contextualised for each location, Jamie rewrites the stories and menu for each iteration, sourcing food from as local and ethical sources as possible. These food-centred stories are often (auto)biographical, and can be site-sympathetically created in collaboration with communities/stories/place/people. Audience members participate as dinner guests, joining in parts of the preparation of the meal, and eat together. Audience capacity range between 10-15 or 20-25 depending on performance space, which could include local restaurants, cafes, shopfronts or warehouses.

past seasons

Bleach* Festival, Mingsanity in Southport, Gold Coast | 4 – 6 March 2016

Brisbane Festival, QUT Theatre Republic | 22 – 26 Sep 2015
Presented in association with Metro Arts & Theatre Works

Theatre Works, Melbourne | 1 Jul 2015 – 12 Jul 2015
Presented in association with Metro Arts

creative team

Lead Artist |    Jamie Lewis
Managing Producer |    Hsia Ling Woo

For Premier season in Australia, 2015:

Design Collaborator |    Kerensa Diball
Lighting Collaborator |    Jason Crick
Production Stage Manager |       Tonie-Rayne Steele
Marketing Manager |        Tom Noble
Photography for Poster Image |    Sarah Walker
Consult |    Martyn Coutts


Saltwater was first created with the support of Metro Arts.
Saltwater was supported by Theatre Works and its Selected Works program.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Saltwater is supported by the Singapore International Foundation, the National Arts Council of Singapore and the Arts Centre Melbourne with funds provided by Playking Foundation.