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.

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

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'Grips your attention the same way binge-worthy TV does … Golden Shield seizes the zeitgeist with both hands to create fresh and compelling theatre'

The Age
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'A hugely impressive achievement, rendered with a supple intelligence'

The Saturday Paper
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'This extraordinary, vital play points the way forward'

Australian Book Review
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'A clever and ambitious new work'

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'The mainstage debut of a fast rising playwriting star'

Time Out Melbourne

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A riveting new play filled with disarming humour, Golden Shield sees trailblazing writer Anchuli Felicia King smash the personal against the political in a globetrotting thriller not to be missed.

Tenacious young lawyer Julie Chen (Fiona Choi) brings her sister Eva (Jing-Xuan Chan) on board as a translator in a risky legal battle with international ramifications. Leading a class action exposing an American tech giant’s involvement with the Chinese government’s internet firewall, Golden Shield, they must put their differences aside to confront large-scale censorship, corporate greed and their own complicated past.

Loyalty, family and language clash in this NEXT STAGE original production, directed by MTC's award-winning Associate Artistic Director Sarah Goodes (Switzerland).



Commissioned through MTC’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program with the support of our Playwrights Giving Circle Donors, The Ian Potter Foundation, Naomi Milgrom 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 31 August performance at 1pm
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 7 September at 2pm
Nicholas Bell

Nicholas Bell

Richard Warren / Larry Murdoch

Artwork for Gabrielle Chan

Gabrielle Chan

Mei Huang / Deputy Minister Gao Shengwei


Jing-Xuan Chan

Eva Chen


Fiona Choi

Julie Chen

Artwork for Yi Jin

Yi Jin

Li Dao

Josh McConville

Josh McConville

Marshall McLaren

Sophie Ross

Sophie Ross

Amanda Carlson / Jane Bollman


Yuchen Wang



Sarah Goodes


Esther Marie Hayes

Esther Marie Hayes

The Sisters Hayes

Set & Costume Design


Rebecca Hayes

The Sisters Hayes

Set & Costume Design

Artwork for Damien Cooper

Damien Cooper

Lighting Designer

Artwork for Luke Smiles

Luke Smiles

Composer & Sound Designer

Kelly Ryall

Kelly Ryall

Collaborating Composer


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