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Arts Centre Melbourne and Asia TOPA present La Boite's

Single Asian Female by Michelle Law

Arts Centre Melbourne and Asia TOPA present La Boite's

Single Asian Female by Michelle Law

An incisive and hilarious new comedy skewing race and gender in contemporary Australia from award-winning writer Michelle Law (Homecoming Queens, Bloomers). Step into the after-hours of a suburban Chinese restaurant and meet a family of whip-smart women who are definitely talking about you in their native tongue.

At the Golden Phoenix, a restaurant on the Sunshine Coast, the last customers have left for the night and Pearl can unwind. She’s the quintessential matriarch – balancing family, business and her love of karaoke. Enter her daughters: Zoe, in the throes of online dating, making big life decisions. And Mei, a teenager, grappling with her identity in modern Australia. Of course they see the world differently to their mother. Pearl is the classic (hilarious) onslaught of embarrassing observations, constantly questioning her Westernised children. Tonight she reveals a secret that threatens to tear their family apart.

Single Asian Female is a show full of joy – it’s sassy, fierce and very funny. Catch the Wong family in their Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut, following a sold out 2018 season in Sydney’s Belvoir theatre.

'Sweet and sour comedy/drama is a little revolution.' Sydney Morning Herald

'Joyful, and laugh-out-loud funny from start to end.' Suzy Wrong

'Michelle Law’s incisive debut play will have you in stitches then tears. ★★★★½' Limelight Magazine 

'From Hello Kitty to Pauline Hanson, the play tackles racial stereotypes, family and romance on the Sunshine Coast with sensitivity and humour.' The Guardian

'A production that is genuinely funny, genuinely moving and genuinely thought-provoking.'  Australian Stage

'This is a new work of significant cultural value, it is a credit to director Claire Christian and La Boite Theatre and an inspiration to emerging playwrights around the country.' Stage Whispers

'It’s beyond wonderful that this bad-ass play now heads the Google search predictions for Single Asian Female.' Broader Lines

'Tastefully crafted performance reflects how Australian culture can be a nest of double standards towards immigrants and women.' Arts Hub

'Its story embraces us all. It is a work that any Australian theatre company would be proud to produce.' The Australian

'The play is funny, touching and at times profoundly moving. ★★★★' The Guardian 

Single Asian Female was commissioned by and premiered at La Boite Theatre Company in Brisbane in 2017. This work was developed with the assistance of the Lotus Playwriting Project, an initiative of Playwriting Australia and Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (formerly Performance 4a). The premiere season was supported by Philip Bacon Galleries.


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