An MTC NEXT STAGE Commission

Golden Shield

by Anchuli Felicia King

12 August — 14 September 2019

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

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.

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

The Age

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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).

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.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described Saturday 31 August at 2pm
Tuesday 3 September at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour Prior to the Saturday performance at 1pm
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 7 September at 2pm
Nicholas Bell

Nicholas Bell

Judge Peter H. Durham

Artwork for Gabrielle Chan

Gabrielle Chan

Mei Huang / Deputy Minister Gou Shengwei


Jing-Xuan Chan

Eva Chen


Fiona Choi

Julie Chen

Josh McConville

Josh McConville

Marshall McLaren

Sophie Ross

Sophie Ross

Amanda Carlson / Jan Bollman


Yuchen Wang



Sarah Goodes



Esther Hayes

The Sisters Hayes

Set & Costume Designer


Rebecca Hayes

The Sisters Hayes

Set & Costume Designer

Artwork for Luke Smiles

Luke Smiles

Composer & Sound Designer


Geraldine Cook-Dafner

Voice & Dialect Coach

Artwork for Kat Chan

Kat Chan

Associate Designer

Artwork for Alice Qin

Alice Qin

Assistant Director

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006