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‘A debut with blockbuster appeal …
an explosive mix of action, seduction, intrigue and courtroom drama.’

The Age


A stunning new legal drama from a trail-blazer of contemporary theatre, Anchuli Felicia King.

It’s 2006 and less than 10% of China is online. The Chinese government looks to Silicon Valley to protect their citizens from the unfiltered chaos of the internet, resulting in the construction of an epic firewall called the Golden Shield. With American companies actively working to build it – stifling political debate in the process – are they responsible, or just doing good business? If they can be prosecuted for working against the promotion of democracy, should they? And if dissidents start disappearing, who should be put on trial?

With interweaving storylines from across the globe, Golden Shield is an urgent legal drama that explores the personal and political ramifications of corporate greed in the global economy. A trail-blazer of contemporary theatre, Anchuli Felicia King finds fascination in the space where technology and tradition meet for this piercing, funny and extremely timely new play.

This World Premiere production will be directed by Sarah Goodes (Switzerland), featuring Nicholas Bell (North by Northwest), Jing-Xuan Chan (Hungry Ghosts), Josh McConville (The Sublime) and Yuchen Wang (Little Emperors).

‘Private companies play an important role in
facilitating internet censorship in China.’

The Guardian


Commissioned through MTC’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program with the support of our Playwrights Giving Circle Donors, The Ian Potter Foundation, The Myer Foundation, Malcolm Robertson Foundation and The University of Melbourne.

Cast & Crew

Nicholas Bell

Nicholas Bell

Judge Peter H. Durham

Jing Xuan Chan

Jing-Xuan Chan

Eva Chen

Josh McConville

Josh McConville

Marshall McLaren

Yuchen Wang

Yuchen Wang

Translator

Sarah Goodes

Sarah Goodes

Director

Esther Hayes

Esther Hayes

Set & Costume Designer

The Sisters Hayes

Rebecca Hayes

Rebecca Hayes

Set & Costume Designer

The Sisters Hayes

Venues

Attendance Information

  • This production contains coarse language, sexual references and mature themes. For detailed information about the production’s content click here.

    Further details regarding this production’s content will be available closer to the season. Please call our box office on (03) 8688 0800 for more information.

  • Hearing Assistance Wheelchair accessible Audio Description Tactile Tour Open Captioning

    Golden Shield will be Audio Described on Saturday 31 August, 2pm and Tuesday 3 September, 6.30pm, with a tactile tour at 1pm prior to the Saturday performance.

    Captions are available via a screen for the 2pm performance on Saturday 7 September.

    You can learn more about access services at MTC here.