MISS PEONY
牡丹小姐

  • 1 Jul – 29 Jul 23 Upstairs Theatre
  • 2 hours 20 minutes (incl. 20 minute interval)
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MISS PEONY
牡丹小姐

World premiere!

Written by Michelle Law
Directed by Courtney Stewart

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 1 Jul – 29 Jul 23
  • Duration 2 hours 20 minutes (incl. 20 minute interval)
  • Accessibility
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  • Content warning

    Miss Peony includes some strong language, smoking of herbal and electronic cigarettes, the use of haze and strobe lighting.

    Should you wish to speak to a member of staff regarding running times, content warnings or any other show related queries, our box office can be contacted on 02 9699 3444.

A comedy of beauty pageants, unrealistic expectations, and the business of family.

Lily’s grandmother was a beauty queen back in Hong Kong. She doesn’t care that times have changed, that Lily lives in a new country and a new century. She sees a granddaughter caught between worlds. So Poh Poh pushes Lily into entering the highly competitive Miss Peony, and no matter how hard Lily tries to wriggle out of it, her grandma won’t take no for an answer.

And to make matters worse, she’s a ghost.

Glitzy and madcap, Miss Peony is a bold new comedy about our good old need for connection – to family, the past, the future, each other.

And for the first time ever we’re offering a show in three languages: as in real life, these characters switch between English, Cantonese and Mandarin, so the show is surtitled in English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

I’m so excited to finally be sharing Miss Peony with Australia after two false starts due to Covid. Third time’s a charm, right! This year we’ll be touring our debut season, bringing all of the glitz, glamour and ghostliness of Miss Peony to cities across the east coast of Australia. Miss Peony will be performed in English, Cantonese and Mandarin (with surtitles in English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese), making it inclusive for multilingual friends and family members. Join us at the theatre for an evening of laughter, tears, and pageantry! – Michelle Law

Michelle Law has an unerring nose for a fabulous comic premise, and she’s a naturalborn entertainer. Her Single Asian Female lit up Belvoir with its exuberance and its loving portrait of family. Miss Peony takes things further. It’s irreverent, it’s heartfelt, and it has a cast of fabulous women (plus the perennial Charles Wu). Join them! – Eamon

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TEAM

  • Michelle Law
    Writer
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    Michelle Law is a writer with experience in journalism, screenwriting and playwriting. She wrote the highly acclaimed play Single Asian Female – commissioned by La Boite Theatre Company – which earned 5-star reviews before transferring to a sold-out season at Belvoir St Theatre in 2018. The show returned to La Boite with Michelle performing in […]

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  • Courtney Stewart
    Director
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    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, Playing Beatie Bow and Hamlet – Prince of Skidmark, Australian Graffiti for STC, Neon Tiger by Julia-Rose Lewis and Single Asian Female by […]

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  • Cast

  • Gabrielle Chan
    Adeline
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    Gabrielle was born in Vietnam and migrated to Australia in 1982. She can speak Cantonese, Mandarin,Vietnamese, and English. Gabrielle attributes her acting education to Chinese Opera performances, a form of traditional Chinesedrama and musical theatre. In the past 20 years, she has been trained by the highly respected Beijing Operateacher Duan Qiu Xia and has […]

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  • Jing-Xuan Chan
    Marcy
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    Jing-Xuan Chan graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2006. During her studies she received the Irene Mitchell Award for outstanding performance, the Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship for outstanding commitment to training, and the Friends of the VCA New Emerging Talent Award. She has since worked for various theatre companies including Melbourne […]

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  • Stephanie Jack
    Lily
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    Stephanie Jack is a Singaporean-Chinese/Australian actor, writer and singer. She graduated from the MFA Acting program at Harvard’s American Repertory Theater Institute in 2015. Stephanie can currently be seen in the highly-acclaimed new comedy series, Deadloch (Prime Video). Her other television credits include Bay of Fires (ABC) and Rosehaven (ABC). Stephanie’s theatre credits include The Maids alongside Essie Davis and Marta Dusseldorp, The Light […]

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  • Deborah Faye Lee
    Marcy (Alternate)
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    Deborah Faye Lee is an actor, writer and voiceover artist from Singapore and a NIDA Acting 2018 graduate. Theatre credits include: White China (Playlab Theatre), Silenced (Vox Theatre), Dracula (NIDA Festival of Emerging Artists), Joseph K (Secret House), Siti Rubiyah (Sydney Festival/CAAP), Othello (Singapore Repertory Theatre). Screen credits include: Anyone But You (Sony Pictures), Strife (Binge), Queen of Oz (BBC One), Happy New Year, Ms Luna (GenuineFake Productions), Mata Mata, Whispers of the Dead, Verdict, […]

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  • Mabel Li
    Sabrina
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    Mabel Li is a 2019 graduate from NIDA’s BFA Acting course. Their theatre credits include Miss Peony (Belvoir Mainstage), Never Closer (Downstairs Belvoir), The Seagull (Sydney Theatre Company), Delilah by the Hour (Brand X), Goldilocks (NIDA), Pool (no water) (NIDA), Ah, Tuzenbach: A Melancholic Cabaret (NIDA), and D.N.A (Seymour Theatre). Mabel made her television debut […]

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  • Jeffrey Liu (JËVA)
    Zhen Hua (Tour)
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    Jeffrey Liu is a recording artist, songwriter and actor. As a musician, Jeffrey dreams of penning radio hits as a songwriter and advocating for the queer Chinese-Australian experience through his artist project JËVA. In 2015 Jeffrey undertook two years of training at WAAPA, studying contemporary music to develop his artistry.  Since releasing his debut pop […]

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  • Shirong Wu
    Joy
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    Shirong Wu is pleased to perform as Joy for the world premiere of Miss Peony. She is lucky to have worked on the Belvoir stage previously, playing Marie in the Australian premiere performance of Cursed. She was Xiao Chen for Sydney Theatre Company and Riverside Parramatta’s co-production of White Pearl by Anchuli Felicia King. On several Melbourne stages, […]

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  • Charles Wu
    Zhen Hua
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    Charles Wu is one of Australia’s most exciting actors of stage and screen. Charles graduated from NIDA in 2014 and is well known for his work on popular series Doctor Doctor. Charles’ other television credits include Summer Love, The Letdown, Harrow, Here Come the Habibs, and Secret City. He was also seen in feature film […]

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  • Creatives

  • Jonathan Hindmarsh
    Set and Costume designer
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    Jonathan Hindmarsh is an award winning Australian production designer. He graduated from NIDA’s Bachelor of Dramatic Arts in 2015 and is the recipient of the 2018 Green Room Award for Design and the 2018 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Costume Design. Jonathan’s recent design work includes Lady Tabouli, programmed for Sydney Festival 2020 with the […]

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  • Keerthi Subramanyam
    Assistant Set and Costume Designer
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    Keerthi is a Sydney based set and costume designer for live performance and film. Keerthi is a National Institute of Dramatic Art, BFA (Design for Performance, 2019) graduate, and a member of the Australian Production Design Guild. Keerthi has designed set and costumes for Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, Chewing Gum […]

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  • Trent Suidgeest
    Lighting Designer
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    Trent Suidgeest’s lighting design highlights include: Muriel’s Wedding The Musical (Global Creatures/Sydney Theatre Company); The Rabbits, The Eighth Wonder, Carmen (Opera Australia); Appropriate, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, Hay Fever, Talk (Sydney Theatre Company); RENT (Sugary Rum/LPD/Opera House); Betty Blokk-Buster Reimagined (Redline Productions); Young Frankenstein, Calamity Jane [National Tour], Gypsy, The View Upstairs (Hayes Theatre); First […]

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  • Dr Nicholas Ng
    Composer
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    Dr Nicholas Ng is a composer, performer and Research Fellow at the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture (Western Sydney University). A former Lecturer (Australian National University) and Research Fellow (Queensland Conservatorium), he has been teaching erhu (2-stringed Chinese fiddle) and theory at Sydney Conservatorium since 2016. Nicholas’ upbringing in Old Rite church music combined […]

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  • Julian Starr
    Sound Designer
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    Julian is an Award-Winning Sound Designer and Composer for theatre, events and media. Julian works in London, Europe and Australia. His theatre credits include: Zog (West End/UK Tour); Cry Havoc, Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis (Park Theatre); You Only Live Forever (Soho Theatre/ Edinburgh Festival); Othello (The Union Theatre); The Comedy of Errors, Pericles […]

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  • Zac Saric
    Associate Sound Designer
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    Zac Saric is a Sydney-based Sound Designer and Composer. A graduate of NIDA’s BFA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management, Zac works with sound in a variety of forms and mediums, including theatre, musical theatre, podcasting and post-production film and TV.  Coming from a background in music, Zac quickly found a talent for composing for […]

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  • Kristina Chan
    Choreograher
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    Kristina is a dancer and choreographer based in NSW Australia. Her choreographic work includes; solo work A Faint Existence (Performance Space 2016, Sydney Opera House 2018 & Dance Massive 2019); MOUNTAIN commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre 2017/18; Summer commissioned by City Contemporary Dance Company Hong Kong 2018; Conform for Sydney Dance Company (Ludwigshafen Germany and […]

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  • Sheena Crouch
    Singing Teacher
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    Sheena has over 30 years experience in the entertainmentindustry, both as a performer and educator. As a performer shehas toured in National Music Theatre productions of Jesus ChristSuper Star (Harry M Miller) South Pacific (Gordon Frost) Witchesof Eastwick (Jacobsen) Assassins, Prince of Egypt, Side By SideBy Sondheim and more. She has performed in corporateentertainment Absolutely […]

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  • Laura Farrell
    Vocal Coach
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    Laura Farrell (she/her) is a Voice and Dialect Coach living and working on Gadigal land. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Voice from NIDA; a Post Graduate Diploma in Voice from the Victorian College of the Arts; and a Bachelor of Music Theatre from the Victorian College of the Arts. A current lecturer […]

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  • Amy Hume
    Vocal Coach
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    Amy Hume is a voice and dialect coach for theatre and screen, and Lecturer in Voice at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Recent theatre credits include Fangirls, Counting & Cracking, Sami in Paradise (Belvoir), The Sound Inside, Fun Home, Cyrano (Melbourne Theatre Company), An American in Paris (Australian Ballet and GBS), Six the Musical […]

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  • Nigel Poulton
    Fight and Intimacy Director
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    Nigel is an award-winning movement director, fight and intimacy coordinator, SAG-AFTRA/MEAA stunt performer and actor, with over 25 years of professional experience. Selected theatre credits include: for Belvoir St Theatre, The Master and Margarita, Miss Peony, Packer and Sons, Things I Know To Be True, Stop Girl, Blessed Union, At What Cost?, The Jungle and […]

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  • Polly Rowe
    Additional Dramaturg
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    Polly is a script developer and dramaturg with sixteen years of experience working at the forefront of scriptwriting in Australia. She currently works as the Development Producer at Goalpost Pictures, where she manages the Company’s diverse development slate across film and television. In her previous role at Sydney Theatre Company (STC), Polly was responsible for […]

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  • Carissa Licciardello
    Production Dramaturg
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    Carissa Licciardello is a Resident Director at Belvoir. She was previously an Artistic Associate for the company and its inaugural Andrew Cameron Fellow. She graduated from NIDA’s Directing course in 2017. Her credits include: for Belvoir – as Director/Co-Adaptor, A Room of One’s Own; as Associate Director, Fangirls 2019; as Assistant Director, Counting & Cracking; Ghosts. For Sydney Theatre Company, as […]

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  • Nicole Pingon
    Assistant Director
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    Nicole Pingon (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist, theatre maker, and artist facilitator working across live performance, installation and digital mediums. Expanding across and between mediums, Nicole’s practice tends to be collaborative, curiosity-led, and process-driven. Most recently, Nicole directed Little Eggs Collective’s Moon Rabbit Rising for Belvoir 25A, which won three Sydney Theatre Awards. Other directing […]

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  • Samantha Kwan
    Translator (2023)
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    Samantha Kwan is a versatile producer and editor currently based in Naarm/Melbourne. With an eye for visually-compelling imagery and a do-it-yourself mentality, she seeks to help others communicate their stories across borders and languages, striving to bring more diverse representation onto screens. The latest project she produced and edited, Mother Tongue, enjoyed a successful film […]

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  • Dr Jing Han
    Subtitling & Mandarin Translator (2021)
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    Professor Jing Han is currently the Director of Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture at Western Sydney University. Shereceived her PhD in English literature from the University of Sydney in 1995. She joined SBS TV Australia in 1996 and had been the Chief Subtitler and Head of the SBS Subtitling Department since 2006. Over the […]

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  • Sylvia Xu
    Cantonese Translator (2021)
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    Sylvia Xu 徐颖 is the Cantonese translator of Miss Peony. She is a native speaker of Cantonese and has near-native proficiency in English. She has done a variety of translations during her fourteen years of working in the international education sector in Australia. She has a BA in Marketing, a Master in Commerce and a […]

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  • Ailsa Liu
    Community Engagement Coordinator
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    Ailsa is a creative professional and passionate about intersections of technology, art and community building. She is currently working at Burwood Library makerspace and as a Digital Storyteller at StoryFactory. Her training in Fine Arts and Arts is complemented by experiences across facilitating creative writing, arts skills, coding workshops, AV tech and live-streaming. She is […]

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  • Jessica Kejun Xu
    Community Engagement Coordinator
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    Jessica Kejun Xu is an artist, social researcher, and creative educator working to support access and equity in cultural and community programs. Jess has recently facilitated intergenerational learning and creative connections across cultures at the Australian Museum, Diversity Arts and BOLD Festival. Her belief in the connective power of creativity and care in community environments […]

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  • Gayda de Mesa
    Stage Manager
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    Gayda de Mesa graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Production). She has spent her career in technical production working in theatre and live events. She is currently the Senior Venue Technician for Belvoir St. Theatre. Her recent productions as Sound Engineer include She Loves Me (Hayes […]

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  • Ayah Tayeh
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Born on Wurundjeri land and currently working on Gadigal land, Ayah is a stage manager with a passion for new work and diverse storytelling. Her Belvoir credits include: The Boomkak Panto (2021), A Room of One’s Own (2021) and My Brilliant Career (2020). Other credits include: 7 Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), […]

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  • Wun Zee
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Wun Zee is an emerging Chinese-Australian theatre practitioner who lives and works on the lands of the Gadigal and Wallumedegal people of the Eora Nation. Since graduating from NIDA with her BFA in Technical Theatre in 2019, Wun continued to develop her skills as a lighting technician in theatre as well as film and TV […]

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  • Matthew James
    FOH Operator and Surtitle Programmer
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    Matty James is a Sydney based sound designer, engineer and composer practicing and creating on Gadigal land. Matty is an Alumni from the Australian Institute of Music, a trained recording engineer and lover of heavy vintage synths. A familiar face in the Belvoir family, Matty has mixed a range of shows for the company and […]

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    Recommended for Years 10 – 12

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    Tickets are only $25 per student with one complimentary teacher ticket for every ten students booked.

    All schools performances are followed by a Q&A session with the cast.

    • Wed, 19 Jul 2023 FINAL SEATS 11:30am
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