A brand new comedy from the writer of the smash hit Single Asian Female.

Lily’s grandmother was a beauty queen back in Hong Kong. She doesn’t care that times have changed and that Lily lives in a new country and a new century. She sees that Lily’s caught between worlds, and wants her to enter the Chinese community beauty pageant, the highly competitive Miss Peony. She won’t take no for an answer.

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

I entered a beauty pageant once as a teenager and won Best Personality. In a beauty pageant! This is going to be glitzy and glamorous and slightly unhinged. – Michelle Law

Supported by the Creative Development Fund.

Miss Peony has been developed in partnership with Belvoir and Playwriting Australia.

In collaboration with Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Arts Centre Melbourne.

Supported by the Nelson Meers Foundation.

Miss Peony is a multi-lingual production, featuring surtitles in three languages: English, Cantonese and Simplified Chinese.


Gabrielle Chan as Adeline
Jing-Xuan Chan
as Marcy
Kaeng Chan
as Vincent
Michelle Law
as Lily
Mabel Li as Sabrina
Shirong Wu as Joy


Set and Costume Designer Jonathan Hindmarsh
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Composer Dr Nicholas Ng
Sound Designer Julian Starr
Choreographer Kristina Chan
Intimacy Coordinator Chloë Dallimore
Fight Director Nigel Poulton
Assistant Director Nicole Pingon
Surtitler and Mandarin Translator Dr Jing Han
Cantonese Translator Sylvia Xu
Stage Manager Lillian Hannah U
Assistant Stage Manager Bronte MacInnes


Arts Centre Melbourne
5th – 22nd August 2021

Merrigong Theatre Company
25th – 28th August 2021



Running Time and Content Warnings

Running time: approximately 2 hours, 20 minutes including interval.

Content warnings will be uploaded to the production page as they are advised.