Asian Female

By Michelle Law
Director Claire Christian

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 16 February – 25 March 2018
  • Duration Approx 2 hours & 19 mins inc. interval

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.


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.


Emily Burton
Lucy Heffernan

Patrick Jhanur
Alex Lee
Courtney Stewart
Hsiao-Ling Tang


Production images by Daniel Boud
  • Podcast

    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.

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