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Why Darren Yap loves coming to Riverside


During his busy schedule director Darren Yap found some time to answer a few quick questions for us in the lead up to Diving for Pearls here at Riverside from the 8 – 11 November. Darren explained why he loves coming to Riverside.

“Riverside is important as it’s a theatre complex that programs many different, entertaining shows: with diverse stories and caters for audiences in the west of Sydney. Growing up in Cabramatta as a kid, I wish there was a theatre venue like Riverside”

Darren is currently directing Miracle City the hit musical starring Missy Higgins at the Sydney Opera House at the moment and we asked him if there is there a crazy amount of difference between the two shows and what that was like – Miracle City and Diving for Pearls?

“Yes there’s such a great difference in the 2 shows: Diving for Pearls is a play set in a steelworks town such as Wollongong in the early 90’s. It’s about ordinary, working class people struggling to keep their jobs and maintain their dignity. Miracle City is set in Johnson County, Tennessee in America and about a TV Evangelist and his wife where they are having a crisis of faith in their God and their marriage. AND Miracle City is a musical”

We also asked Darren why we should see both Diving for Pearls and Miracle City.

“Both shows are powerfully entertaining, very moving, Australian made and have stood the test of time of good writing since the 90’s.  And by the way powerful performances”


Diving for Pearls by Katherine Thomson plays at Riverside Theatres November 8 – 11.


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