By Anchuli Felicia King
Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre's OzAsia Festival
Sydney Theatre Company and Riverside's National Theatre of Parramatta
Adelaide Premiere | Australia
★★★★ "funny, insightful and packed with extraordinary erudition." Sydney Morning Herald
A “blisteringly funny satire” (Time Out) by one of Australia’s most exciting young playwrights, White Pearl comes to Adelaide after its sold-out 2019 Australian premiere with Riverside's National Theatre of Parramatta and acclaimed productions in London and Washington D.C.
Things are heating up in the oh-so-cool Singapore headquarters of Clearday™, an upstart player in the Asian skincare game. Sales of their new range – ‘White Pearl’ skin-whitening cream – are going through the roof, and the ambitious team of young women have their eyes to the sky. That is, until their new TV commercial is leaked online and starts going viral for all the wrong reasons. As the views climb, the mood in the office nosedives and the team scrambles to contain the fallout and save more than just their jobs in the process.
With a shrewd eye, acerbic wit and machine gun dialogue, Anchuli Felicia King deftly unravels toxic corporate culture, the complexity of Pan-Asian relations and racism in a wildly entertaining, gasp-inducing night at the theatre.
Writer: Anchuli Felicia King
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
Voice Coach: Amy Hume
With: Kristy Best, Cheryl Ho, Mayu Iwasaki, Nicole Milinkovic, Matthew Pearce, Lin Yin
This play contains strong language, adult themes, sexual references and smoke effects. White Pearl dissects aspects of race and culture and contains content that may be confronting for some audience members.
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.
The writer and the producers wish to make clear that the eponymous product White Pearl and the company Clearday™ are entirely fictional and any resemblance to existing products or companies is purely coincidental.
IMAGE | Philip Erbacher