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.

A show full of joy. It’s sassy, fierce, and very funny – Australian domesticity like you’ve never seen it before, fresh from a smash hit season at La Boite.

A La Boite Theatre Company production

Warning: This production contains minimal coarse language and sexual content.


Emily Burton
Lucy Heffernan

Patrick Jhanur
Alex Lee
Courtney Stewart
Hsiao-Ling Tang


By Michelle Law
Director Claire Christian
Set & Costume Designer Moe Assaad
Composer & Sound Designer Wil Hughes
Lighting Designer Keith Clark
Stage Manager Peter Sutherland
Assistant Stage Managers Katie Hurst & Keiren Smith

Single Asian Female was commissioned by and premiered at La Boite Theatre Company in Brisbane 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.

Performance Times

Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday & Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 5pm

Preview (bookable)
8pm, 16 February

Opening Night (invitation only)
8pm, 17 February

Unwaged Performance
2pm, 22 March

Belvoir Briefing
6.30pm, 8 February

Running Time
Approx 2 hours & 19 mins inc. interval


Single tickets to Single Asian Female are now on sale. Subscribing remains the cheapest option. Book tickets as part of a subscription and save up to 31% on the single ticket prices below.

Full Price^ $72 – $77
Subscriber Discount Rate $67
Seniors*/Groups (10 or more) $62 – $67
Concession† $49 – $54
30-Down# $47
Previews $40
Student Saver# $37

* Seniors prices are available with an eligible Australian Government-issued Seniors Card. For 2017 productions, these prices can also be accessed by Industry members of Actors Equity (MEAA), AACTA, ASMA, ASDA, ARDA, AFTT, Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts, Actors Centre, Performance Space, Australian Writers’ Guild, Artshub and the NSW Writers’ Centre.
† Concession prices are available with a full-time Australian student card, all Centrelink Pensioner concession cards and Veteran Affairs’ cards, and to Industry members purchasing tickets to 2018 productions.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Saturday evening.
^Tickets to Sunday performances have an added $5 surcharge

Full ticket terms and conditions can be found on the Ticket Prices page.




The play tackles racial stereotypes, family and romance on the Sunshine Coast with sensitivity and humour.

The Guardian | Yen-Rong Wong


Sweet and sour comedy/drama is a little revolution

Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ 1/2

a celebration of Asian identity and of female friendship, as well as the fraught, complex relationship between migrant mother and second generation daughter

Audrey Journal



Writer Michelle Law, director Claire Christian, and actors Hsiao-Ling Tang, Alex Lee and Courtney Stewart discuss the making of this smash hit comedy, which shakes up the local theatre scene with fresh stories and perspectives. Produced for Belvoir by Zoe Ferguson.