Miss Peony

by Michelle Law
Directed by Courtney Stewart

  • Venue Melbourne & Wollongong
  • Dates New Dates TBC
  • Supported By

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.


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


Gabrielle Chan as Adeline
Jing-Xuan Chan as Marcy
Kaeng Chan as Vincent (tour)
Mabel Li as Sabrina
Christy Tran as Lily
Charles Wu as Vincent
Shirong Wu as Joy


  • Running Time and Content Warnings

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

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

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