White Pearl

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 05 May - 07 May 2022
Category Theatre

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

The sold out, award winning hit of 2019 is back!

 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 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.

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

Join us every evening for DJ sets in the courtyard with SBS Pop Asia’ s Andy Trieu. Chill to the grooves before going into see White Pearl.
When: Meet us in the Riverside courtyard from 6:30pm every evening pre-show.

AFTER PARTY! – Saturday 7 May 2022 after the 7:30pm performance
Join us on Saturday 7 May to celebrate the closing night of White Pearl with KAROKE!, DJ! & DANCING!

We are bringing karaoke to the Riverside courtyard for this very special event.
Hang out with the cast and crew and perhaps bust a move and maybe even sing a song.

This is a ticketed event and must be purchased with a performance ticket. Just add the Closing Night After Party ticket to your package in check out.

Performance Warnings:
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.

Suitable for:
Ages 15+

*Please contact Box Office directly for group bookings of 8 or more, email boxoffice_riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au or call 8839 3399.

**This show is eligible for the Evening Excursions initiative for school bookings, 1 free teacher per 20 students, or $23 for any additional, click here to find out more.

Riverside Theatres is a registered COVID Safe venue with the NSW Government. The health and safety of all Riverside patrons and staff is at the forefront of all our operations. Our policies are consistently reviewed and will be updated in line with NSW Health guidelines and advice. Please review our Conditions of Entry & Patron Safety page prior to attending Riverside Theatres for the most up-to-date information.

If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email boxoffice_riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

Thank you for keeping our community safe.

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.

Hero image: Lin Yin, Nicole Milinkovic, and Cheryl Ho (2021 White Pearl Cast — Brisbane), photo by Philip Erbacher. 


Join Joanne Kee as she hosts our panel with Courtney Stewart (Dramaturg, White Pearl, 2019), Mayu Iwasaki (Actor, White Pearl, 2019)  and Alanna Kamp ( Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University) explore topics including implications of cultural differences, cultural taboos, cultural contextualisation, approaches to cultural safety / risks and freedom of speech.

When: Saturday 7 May 6pm – 7pm
Bookings essential 


Courtney Stewart is a Director, Dramaturg, Actor and Teaching Artist. She has worked on a number of productions and developments of new Australian work such as Eat Me for NIDA and STC, Julius Caesar, Playing Beatie Bow and Hamlet – Prince of Skidmark, Australian Graffiti for STC, Double Delicious for Contemporary Asian Australian Performance, Neon Tiger by Julia-Rose Lewis and Single Asian Female by Michelle Law for La Boite and Belvoir St Theatre, A Ghost in My Suitcase by Vanessa Bates, Siti Rubiyah by Katrina Irawati Graham, Barbaric Truth by Jordan Shea, Orange Thrower by Kirsty Marillier and White Pearl by Anchuli Felicia King. Courtney is the current Directing Associate at STC and the current Artistic Associate at Contemporary Asian Australian Performance.

Courtney was the Assistant Performance Director for the City of Sydney 2016 Chinese New Year Lunar Lantern Festival. She was also a participant in the Directors Initiative in partnership with Contemporary Asian Australian Performance and STC. She was also engaged as the 2021 Richard Wherrett Fellow at STC.

As a dedicated Teaching Artist, Courtney has worked with Sydney Theatre Company, NIDA, ATYP and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Courtney was previously Chair of the Equity Diversity Committee and a delegate to the National Performer’s Committee. She is also a former a board member for Contemporary Asian Australian Performance.


Dr Alanna Kamp is Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University. She is a researcher in the Challenging Racism Project, the Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies and the Young and Resilient Research Centre. Dr Kamp’s research contributions lie in the areas of Australian multiculturalism, racism and anti-racism, identity and intersectionality. She has published pioneering and award-winning work on Chinese Australian women’s experiences of national and cultural identity, racism and belonging. She has also published in the areas of Indigenous Studies, Asian Australian Studies, and Islamophobia. Dr Kamp has recently led a national study on Asian Australians’ experiences of racism during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also conducting a national project on ‘mixed race’ young Australians’ experiences of identity and belonging.  Her book: ‘Intersectional Lives: Chinese Australian women in White Australia’ has just been published by Routledge (April 2022).


Mayu is a bilingual Japanese born actress and puppeteer. Graduated from David Mamet’s Atlantic Theatre Conservatory and trained extensively with the SITI Company in New York. Mayu has appeared in a number of theatrical productions, short and feature films on international stages in Tokyo, New York, Chicago and Sydney. In 2019 Mayu made her Sydney Theatre Company debut in the Sydney Theatre award-winning play White Pearl. In 2017 Mayu first appeared on Australian television as the lead character in the Top Knot Detective on SBS. Theatre credits include: Love and Honor and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice directed by Priscilla Jackman, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other directed by Jennifer Hagan (NIDA), Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Japan and Doha Tour (ERTH Visual & Physical Inc.), Fallen (Mozawa) in Chicago, Love and Information (Atlantic Theatre Company) in NYC, and One woman show Morgan O-Yuki: Geisha of Gilded Age (Shakespeare&Co)

Mayu is also a creative associate of Monkeybaa theatre company. She has a great passion to create a show for young audiences that is able to bridge those cultural differences and bypass language barriers.


Joanne Kee as Executive Producer of Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta is responsible for the artistic and strategic pathway of the Company. Some career highlights include co-Artistic Director and founder of the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival, Artistic Director at Sydney Improvised Music Association, General Manager of The Song Company, Business Manager of Programming Sydney Opera House, running Sound Travellers, a national contemporary music touring project, and through Places and Spaces, providing creative development and performance residencies for artists. She also worked at the Arts Council of England, Carnivale, multicultural arts festival and has produced and toured internationally award-winning work. She is on the Create NSW Theatre board and was chair of the working group that set up Critical Path, Australia’s leading centre for choreographic development.

DJ and Karaoke evenings

Andy Trieu is a renowned Asian pop DJ playing the biggest K-pop hits at all major pop culture events and festivals across Australia since 2017.

As a founding host of SBS PopAsia’s TV, radio programs, he has interviewed the world’s biggest Asian pop celebrities, from K-pop group BTS to ‘Parasite’ Oscar winner Bong Joon-ho.

SBS PopAsia reached 1.2 million followers plus completed over 1000+ shows and named one of the best home-grown TV shows of the decade by Street mag ‘The Music’ in 2020. From the success of the program, Andy has guest presented on Triple J’s The Hack, ABC RN, The Drum, 2dayFM with Ash and Angus, Sunrise, Cleo Magazine, ABC and SBS News.

Previously Andy hosted Nine’s popular weekday cooking game-show Kitchen whiz as the iconic Martial Arts Kitchen Ninja. Over 475 episodes and 7 seasons. Also playing a lead role in TEN’s sitcom Street Smart and Australia’s first Kung fu TV series Maximum Choppage on ABC. Trieu’s most recent work is on Marvel’s first Asian superhero film ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’, coming 2021. Andy is playing a leading role in National Theatre of Parramatta’s production, A Practical Guide to Self Defence in October 2022.

Director Priscilla Jackman
Designer Jeremy Allen
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer & Sound Designer Michael Toisuta
Composer & Associate Sound Designer Me-Lee Hay
Projection Designer Anchuli Felicia King
Dramaturg Courtney Stewart


Soo-Jin Park – Deborah An
Priya Singh – Manali Datar
Sunny Lee – Melissa Gan
Marcel Benoit – Stephen Madsen
Ruki Minami – Kaori Maeda-Judge
Built Suttikul – Nicole Milinkovic
Xiao Chen – Shirong Wu

★★★★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

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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Thursday 5 May 2022 at 7:30pm
Friday 6 May 2022 at 7:30pm
Saturday 7 May 2022 at 2:30pm
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Saturday 7 May 2022 at 6pm
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