Hungry Ghosts

by Jean Tong

3 May — 19 May 2018

Southbank Theatre, The Lawler

When you’re a young queer Chinese-Malaysian Australian, how do you work out where you belong in the world? Criss-crossing between our unnamed protagonist, the disappearance of flight MH370 and an unsolved mystery, Hungry Ghosts offers an unconventional take on the complexities of contemporary life from exciting new playwright Jean Tong.

Approximately 1 hour. No interval.

Event Passed
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

‘Fascinating and moving, an intellectually rich piece that also taps a deep emotional vein.’

Time Out
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Emina Ashman



Jing-Xuan Chan



Bernard Sam


Petra Kalive

Petra Kalive



Eugyeene Teh

Set Designer


Sophie Woodward

Costume Designer

Emma Valente

Emma Valente

Lighting Designer


Darius Kedros

Composer / Sound Designer

More Information

Filled with humour, vivid imagery and rebellious energy, the World premiere of Hungry Ghosts features Emina Ashman (Moths), Jing-Xuan Chan (The Family Law) and Bernard Sam. Directed by Petra Kalive (Melbourne Talam).

Hungry Ghosts is part of MTC’s award-winning Education program which reaches thousands of students across Victoria every year through programming for young audiences, regional touring, scholarships, workshops and our celebrated Sharing the Light initiative. Visit for details.

Commissioned with the support of the Joan & Peter Clemenger Trust. Developed with the support of The Cybec Foundation through MTC’s Cybec Electric play reading series as part of the 2017 AsiaTOPA Festival.

School Bookings

‘Questioning, visually evocative and lingeringly emotional, Hungry Ghosts feels fresh and current and a most worthy piece of programming to reach out intelligently to new audiences as part of MTC’s award-winning Education program aimed at making connections with thousands of students across Victoria every year.’ 
Australian Stage

Hungry Ghosts is the ideal introduction to non-naturalism for Year 10 and VCE Unit 1 Drama. To make a school group booking, email or call (03) 8688 0963.

Performance Schedule
Thursday 3 May 10am
Friday 4 May 1.30pm, 7pm
Saturday 5 May 7.30pm

Monday 7 May 1.30pm (Pre-show Talk available)
Tuesday 8 May 7pm
Wednesday 9 May 1.30pm (Pre-show Talk available)
Thursday 10 May 7pm
Friday 11 May 10am, 7pm
Saturday 12 May 7pm

Monday 14 May 1.30pm (Pre-show Talk available)
Tuesday 15 May 1.30pm
Wednesday 16 May 1.30pm, 7pm
Thursday 17 May 7pm
Friday 18 May 7pm
Saturday 19 May 7pm

Pre-show Talks

Pre-show Talks are available at selected performances. For dates and times, click here.

Education Packs

Education Packs will be available to support your teaching. Download free education packs here.


The script will be available to purchase in 2018. For more information, email


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance