Putting the Nation on Stage

Directors Note: Priscilla Jackman

October 11, 2019

It was the power and provocation of Anchuli Felicia King’s unique voice and her mastery of language that utterly swept me away, when I first read White Pearl.

I had never read a play like it – the razor sharp idiomatic specificity the six striking and distinctive female voices, the sophistication and slickness of her spellbinding tempo rhythms and the depth of her subversive comedy, that seems to entice and decimate simultaneously.

White Pearl is a fierce text, about the leaking of a racist ad that goes viral. But more importantly, for us, it is a play about power and language.

Set in the slick, ruthless landscape of Singaporean corporate culture, White Pearl interrogates the irrefutable complexities of PC culture, challenging the privileges of language and identity while offering profound provocations into our human inter-relationships. It invites us into a political conversation around power, perspective, cultural currency and consumerism – ultimately asking us to question what unites us in our humanity and what tears us apart.

WHITE PEARL
24 Oct – 9 Nov