Laurinda

6 Aug — 10 Sep 2022

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

Adapting Alice Pung’s award-winning book, writer and comedian Diana Nguyen and director Petra Kalive bring Laurinda’s schoolyard setting to the stage for a fresh and feisty new work.

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‘Biting yet compassionate.’

Australian Book Review Books of the Year (on Alice Pung’s original novel Laurinda)
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‘Exquisitely sharp.’

The Age Books of the Year (on Alice Pung’s original novel Laurinda)

ABOUT THE SHOW

Adapting Alice Pung’s award-winning book, writer and comedian Diana Nguyen and director Petra Kalive bring Laurinda’s schoolyard setting to the stage for a fresh and feisty new work. Like Heathers or Mean Girls with a uniquely Australian flavour, this delightful take on the beloved novel stars Fiona Choi (Torch the Place), Chi Nguyen (The Wilds), Jillian Nguyen (SBS's Hungry Ghosts), Ngoc Phan (Boy Swallows Universe) and Jenny Zhou (Girl, Interpreted) in an incisive, funny study of a woman caught between cultures and class.

When 15-year-old Lucy Lam wins the inaugural Equal Access Scholarship to a prestigious private school, the smart and well-liked student is not prepared for the new world she’s suddenly propelled into. It’s a world of wealth and opportunity, overseen by The Cabinet – a trio of girls who wield power over their classmates, and even their teachers. But when The Cabinet turn their attention to Lucy she has to make a choice: fit in and succeed, or stay true to herself. Either way, there’s a cost.

Whether high school is (thankfully) a distant memory or a current reality, this MTC NEXT STAGE commission offers a witty and moving insight into an all-too common experience as well as the inner strength it takes to speak truth to power.

 



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Commissioned with support from the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, with play development supported by MTC’s Playwrights Giving Circle Donors, The Ian Potter Foundation, Naomi Milgrom Foundation, The Myer Foundation and The University of Melbourne.

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 27 August at 2pm
Tuesday 30 August at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
by Vision Australia
Saturday 27 August, before the 2pm performance
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 3 September at 2pm
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Fiona Choi

Tully / Katie / Mrs Newberry / As cast

Chi Nguyen

Chi Nguyen

Mum / Amber / As cast

Jillian Nguyen

Jillian Nguyen

Linh / Brodie

Artwork for Ngoc Phan

Ngoc Phan

Lucy / Lucy-35

Jenny Zhou

Jenny Zhou

Chelsea / Mrs White / As cast

Petra Kalive

Petra Kalive

Director

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Eugyeene Teh

Set Designer

Karine Larché

Karine Larché

Costume Designer

Rachel Lee

Rachel Lee

Lighting Designer

Marco Cher-Gibard

Marco Cher-Gibard

Composer & Sound Designer

Artwork for Roshelle Fong

Roshelle Fong

Assistant Director

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006