Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta and Sydney Theatre Company present
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.
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+
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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.
Writer Anchuli Felicia King
Director Priscilla Jackman
Designer Jeremy Allen
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer and Sound Designer Michael Toisuta
Composer and Associate Sound Designer Me-Lee Hay
Projection Designer Anchuli Felicia King
Dramaturg Courtney Stewart
★★★★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