White Pearl

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White Pearl

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 24 October - 09 November 2019
Category Live Event


Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta and Sydney Theatre Company present
By Anchuli Felicia King
Directed by Priscilla Jackman

A nasty truth goes viral…

In Singapore, it’s just another day at the office of Clearday cosmetics. That is, until they discover that their new TV commercial has been leaked online. The video goes viral for all the wrong reasons. Someone is definitely going to get fired.

Anchuli Felicia King’s new play is a ruthlessly entertaining portrait of toxic corporate culture, casual racism and the complexity of pan-Asian relations. As the team at Clearday scrambles to contain the fallout, the open-plan, glass-door office proves to be a nest of secrets, lies and resentments.

This new Australian work is a co-production with Sydney Theatre Company.

King is an exciting, original young voice and it’s a play rich with twists, dark comedy and brutal honesty.

Suitable for: Ages 15+

FYI This production contains strong language, adult themes and sexual references. White Pearl dissects aspects of race and culture and contains content that may be confronting to some audience members.

Insight Event – Night with the Actors
Post-show Tuesday 29 October
Designed to give you further insight into the play, the audience stay in their seats after the performance and the cast return to the stage to take part in a casual Q&A session. Audience members are welcome to quiz the cast about their experience of making and working on the show. Tickets to the performance include Night with the Actors are an audience favourite and always sell fast.

White Pearl was first developed by Playwriting Australia through its National New Play Development Program and the National Play Festival in 2018. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Photo by Rene Valie


Playwright Anchuli Felicia King
Priscilla Jackman
Set and Costume Designer Jeremy Allen
Composer and Sound Designer Michael Toisuta
Composer and Associate Sound Designer Me-Lee Hay
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Projection Designer Anchulli Felicia King
Stage Manager Katie Hankin
Assistant Stage Manager Georgina Pead
Voice Coach Amy Hume
Community Engagement Margarett Cortez

Deborah An
Mayu Iwasaki
Matthew Pearce
Vaishnavi Suryaprakash
Merlynn Tong
Catherine Văn-Davies
Shirong Wu



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Praise for this production of White Pearl

★★★★½ “A dazzling production that has you riding the roller-coaster plot with your jaw on the floor at the brazen, daring brilliance of the writing. It’s a play that feels fresh, fearless and very funny”.  Jo Litson,  Limelight 

★★★★ “It’s funny, insightful and packed with extraordinary erudition about the slang of diverse Asian cultures.” John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ “…blisteringly funny satire” Debbie Zhou, Time Out Sydney

“…a dazzling unstoppable talent who, thanks to her Thai-Australian heritage, brings a fresh, sharp perspective to our theatre.” Deborah Jones, The Australian

“It is a sensational piece of writing, thoroughly researched and passionately rendered… a wildly funny theatrical ride that never releases us from its moral interrogations.” Suzy Wrong, Suzy Goes See

“Seven actors form a formidable ensemble to deliver an intelligent and highly entertaining show, that reveals many truths about who we are today.” Suzy Wrong, Suzy Goes See

Praise for Anchuli Felicia King’s writing of White Pearl

Anchuli Felicia King’s Singapore-set drama brilliantly unpicks hypocrisy and the base values of the beauty business…. White Pearl is a little gem… This is satire at its sharpest.The Guardian

Thai-Australian playwright Anchuli Felicia King’s international debut is a machine gun of a play, rattling off rounds of high calibre dialogue and biting one-shot observations that have the impact and subtlety of bullets. It’s a savage send-up of company culture.Time Out London


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85 minutes (No interval plus 20 minute Q&A for the performance on 29 October and the daytime performance on 30 October)

Ticket Prices

Concession $37
30 Club $30
Child 15 - 18 years $30

Concession $44
30 & Under $39
Child 15 - 18 years $30

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